2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series


Jim Wallis

Speaking on Faith and Public Discipleship

Bestselling author of twelve books 

Founder and editor-in-chief of Sojourners

Public theologian, renowned preacher, and teacher

International commentator on ethics and public life

Sunday, September 23rd

10:30 AM Sermon in Sanctuary Worship Service

“Lessons from Matthew 25”

  5:30 PM Lecture in Moore Hall

“Faith and the Common Good”

  6:30 PM Reception and Book Signing

Monday, September 24th

    8:30 AM Registration and Coffee in McGowin Hall

    9:00 AM Lecture and Response in Moore Hall

“Public Discipleship:  A Community Conversation with Jim Wallis”

Responses by Mayor Sandy Stimpson, County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Sisson, and Rev. Michael Pierce, Executive Director of MLK Avenue Redevelopment Corporation

All events are will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

and are free of charge and open to the entire community.

Jim Wallis

2018 Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series Speaker

Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, and international commentator on ethics and public life.  He is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, D. C., a non-profit faith-based organization, network and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.”  He is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people, with several million visitors to the website each year.  He has been termed “the nation’s preeminent evangelical prophetic teacher and preacher.”

Mr. Wallis is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad, has written for major newspapers, and appears frequently on network (ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox) shows such as Meet the Press and Hardball and on National Public Radio.  Wallis also teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard and other academic institutions.  He is the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.

Wallis is the author of twelve books.  His most recent book, America’s Original Sin:  Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, was released in 2016.   His other books include On God’s Side, Rediscovering Values, The Great Awakening, and God’s Politics. 

Jim Wallis lives in Washington, D. C., with his wife Joy Carroll, who was one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, and their two sons.

Dill Lecture Series

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.