Photo Credit: Chris Daniels

2019 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series
Featuring Krista Tippett

Speaking on
The Adventure of Civility
Krista Tippett says that “our young century is awash with urgent questions of survival and meaning. Yet we are more divided than ever, unable to listen and speak across our differences.” She will speak about how we can create civil conversations to have a positive impact and how communities of faith can bring important wisdom to this contemporary challenge. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019
5:30 pm Lecture in Moore Hall
6:30 pm Reception & Book Signing in McGowin Hall

This event will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and is free of charge and open to the entire community.

About Krista Tippett

Broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett created and hosts the public radio program and podcast On Being (heard locally on Mississippi Public Radio on Sunday mornings and on podcasts at any time), which follows the format of conversations with individuals from throughout the international community to examine “animating questions at the center of human life:  What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?”  Tippett conceived the On Being Project as “Pursuing deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.”  The program, which launched in 2003, airs weekly on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S. Tippett received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2014 for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.”  She is also a three-time Webby Award winner for excellence in electronic media and a Peabody Award winner for excellence in radio broadcasting.

Tippett grew up in Oklahoma.  After graduating from Brown University in 1983, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at the University of Bonn in West Germany.  She spent most of the 1980s in the divided Germany.  She was the New York Times stringer in Berlin, where she also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit.  Later she served as a special political assistant and chief Berlin aide to the US Ambassador to West Germany.  Subsequently, the experience led her to Yale University, where she received a Master of Divinity in 1994.  From there she delved more deeply into matters of faith and religion and the moral aspects of human life, as evidenced in her books and her radio program.  Then in 2011 she developed the Civil Conversations Project, a series of conversations, public events, and resources that offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

Tippett’s books include:
Speaking of Faith:  Why Religion Matters and How to Talk About It (2007)
Einstein’s God:  Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit (2010)
Becoming Wise:  An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (2016)
Letters to a Young Citizen (a work currently in progress)

“It’s always been very important to me to enlarge imaginations about how this part of life we call religious and spiritual actually works in real, far-flung, twenty-first century lives.”

—Krista Tippett

Photo Credit: Chris Daniels

About the Dill Lecture Series

Steve & Ruth Dill

The Dill Lecture Series was established in 2013 by Dauphin Way United Methodist Church Foundation to honor Dr. Stephen Dill and his wife Ruth for their 40 years of service to the church and to the community. 

The Lecture Series brings to Mobile esteemed speakers to offer their insights and inspiration to the Dauphin Way congregation and to the community at large.  The inaugural speaker of the series in 2014 was Thomas Cahill, American scholar and writer, who is best known for his acclaimed Hinges of History series.  In 2015 the speaker was Dr. Walter Brueggemann, considered to be the preeminent contemporary scholar of the Old Testament.  Rachel Held Evans, best-selling author and nationally popular blogger, was featured in 2016.  Dr. Wayne Flynt, Auburn University professor emeritus and renowned scholar of Southern history, politics, religion and culture, was the 2017 speaker. Most recently, Dauphin Way welcomed Jim Wallis in 2018.