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

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

              Bob Abernethy

A frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has preached at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, and the Festival of Homiletics and delivered lectures to clergy at Kings College, London and Queen’s College, Ontario, but as you can imagine, most of her time is devoted to coming up with long book titles. But none of that compares to preaching at 1st Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa on Sunday mornings. 

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. This much talked about book, featured on PBS and the New York Times,  has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender and often stunningly beautiful.  

Her first book, Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony is the story of one church’s attempt to get people to talk to each other about God. An editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity TodayRelevant MagazineBooks and CultureThe Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at ucc.org, with over 20,000 subscribers. Her second book, This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers co-authored with Martin B. Copenhaver, is noteworthy for its humor and honesty, and has been read by clergy and laity alike. 

She has taught preaching 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.”