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Lillian Daniel​
​                        when "spiritual but not religious" is not enough...

                                                                                                                        ...tired of apologizing for a church I don't belong to


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"Earthy, perceptive, devout, tough-minded, angry and laugh-out-loud funny, all in one"

              Bob Abernethy
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Lillian Daniel is a pastor in Iowa. Her last book, When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church is a provocative case for why religious community matters.  Described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender and often stunningly beautiful, Lillian Daniel's much talked about book was featured on PBS and the New York Times.

Her new book (Hachette, 2016) Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To: Spirituality Without Stereotypes, Religion Without Ranting explores the changing religious landscape, including the rising number of “Nones,” people who self-identify has having no religious preference. 

Her previous books include, Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony, the story of one church’s attempt to get people to talk to each other about God, and This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, celebrated for it’s humor and honesty by clergy and laity alike.

She has taught preaching at a number of schools, including Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.” 

Lillian has spoken at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, Kings College, London and Queen’s College, Ontario, but on Sundays you can find her preaching at First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa.