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Leaving Church

Barbara Brown Taylor

Leaving Church

Barbara Brown Taylor

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"By now I expected to be a seasoned parish minister, wearing black clergy shirts grown gray from frequent washing. I expected to love the children who hung on my legs after Sunday morning services until they grew up and had children of their own. I even expected to be buried wearing the same red vestments in which I was ordained. ^ Today those vestments are hanging in the sacristy of an Anglican church in Kenya, my church pension is frozen, and I am as likely to spend Sunday mornings with friendly Quakers, Presbyterians, or Congregationalists as I am with the Episcopalians who remain my closest kin. Some-times I even keep the Sabbath with a cup of steaming Assam tea on my front porch, watching towhees vie for the highest perch in the poplar tree while God watches me. These days I earn my living teaching school, not leading worship, and while I still dream of opening a small restaurant in Clarkesville or volunteering at an eye clinic in Nepal, there is no guarantee that I will not r

- Publisher One of America's most renowned and beloved preachers eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search for her own authentic way of being Christian, even when it meant giving up her pulpit. Through the struggles starting and sustaining a small church in rural north Georgia, Barbara Brown Taylor's journey from city to country, from full-time ministry to university professor is insightful, humorous, and wonderfully human. After ten years in a big urban church, Taylor arrives in Clarkesville (population 1500) to discover that she is one of the few professional women in town as well as the only woman in charge of a congregation. After five and a half years, and significant church growth, she finds herself with "compassion fatigue," and when an offer comes to leave the church for an opening in the department of religion and philosophy at a local college, Taylor jumps at the chance, despite her feelings that she is betraying the church and losing a part of her identity. Academic life challenges her faith in new ways as Taylor is reminded of the deep, nagging questions in the Christian story. Even though she has "left the church," Taylor realizes it is possible to "keep the faith," although not in a way that will fit back inside the orthodox Christian box. Anyone who has experienced doubts about his or her chosen vocation, or those who are drawn to worship God in community but who have a hard time finding a church that speaks to their real questions about faith in the twenty-first century, will find a kindred spirit in Taylor.

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About "Leaving Church"

"By now I expected to be a seasoned parish minister, wearing black clergy shirts grown gray from frequent washing. I expected to love the children who hung on my legs after Sunday morning services until they grew up and had children of their own. I even expected to be buried wearing the same red vestments in which I was ordained. ^ Today those vestments are hanging in the sacristy of an Anglican church in Kenya, my church pension is frozen, and I am as likely to spend Sunday mornings with friendly Quakers, Presbyterians, or Congregationalists as I am with the Episcopalians who remain my closest kin. Some-times I even keep the Sabbath with a cup of steaming Assam tea on my front porch, watching towhees vie for the highest perch in the poplar tree while God watches me. These days I earn my living teaching school, not leading worship, and while I still dream of opening a small restaurant in Clarkesville or volunteering at an eye clinic in Nepal, there is no guarantee that I will not r
- Publisher

One of America's most renowned and beloved preachers eloquently tells the moving and delightful story of her search for her own authentic way of being Christian, even when it meant giving up her pulpit. Through the struggles starting and sustaining a small church in rural north Georgia, Barbara Brown Taylor's journey from city to country, from full-time ministry to university professor is insightful, humorous, and wonderfully human. After ten years in a big urban church, Taylor arrives in Clarkesville (population 1500) to discover that she is one of the few professional women in town as well as the only woman in charge of a congregation. After five and a half years, and significant church growth, she finds herself with "compassion fatigue," and when an offer comes to leave the church for an opening in the department of religion and philosophy at a local college, Taylor jumps at the chance, despite her feelings that she is betraying the church and losing a part of her identity. Academic life challenges her faith in new ways as Taylor is reminded of the deep, nagging questions in the Christian story. Even though she has "left the church," Taylor realizes it is possible to "keep the faith," although not in a way that will fit back inside the orthodox Christian box. Anyone who has experienced doubts about his or her chosen vocation, or those who are drawn to worship God in community but who have a hard time finding a church that speaks to their real questions about faith in the twenty-first century, will find a kindred spirit in Taylor.
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Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor's last book, "Leaving Church", was met with widespread critical acclaim including the "New York Times", "USA Today", NPR's "Fresh Air", and others. Taylor spent fifteen years in parish ministry and was named one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.

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  • Catalogue Code 255414
  • Product Code 0060771747
  • EAN 9780060771744
  • Pages 234
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harperone
  • Publication Date May 2006
  • Dimensions 217 x 146 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.358kg

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