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Adult Education Miniseries: Frederick Buechner

Join us for this adult education miniseries which will discuss select essays and articles by theologian and novelist Frederick Buechner. The class will be led by Connie Black, seminary student. Classes will be held in the parlor following the 10AM service. The primary focus of the series will be Buechner’s early work The Hungering Dark, which invites us “taste and see” the goodness of God.

Who is Frederick Buechner? From his website:

Frederick Buechner (pronounced BEEK-ner) is an American writer and theologian. He is the author of more than thirty published books and has been an important source of inspiration and learning for many readers. His work encompasses many genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays, sermons, and other nonfiction. Buechner’s books have been translated into twenty-seven languages for publication around the world. Buechner’s writing has often been praised for its ability to inspire readers to see the grace in their daily lives.

Buechner has been called a "major talent" by the New York Times, and "one of our most original storytellers" by USA Today. Annie Dillard (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) says: "Frederick Buechner is one of our finest writers." As stated in the London Free Press, "He is one of our great novelists because he is one of our finest religious writers." He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and has been awarded eight honorary degrees from such institutions as Yale University and the Virginia Theological Seminary. In addition, Buechner has been the recipient of the O. Henry Award, the Rosenthal Award, the Christianity and Literature Belles Lettres Prize, and has been recognized by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. 

The Buechner Speaker Series, inaugurated in 2008 at King College in Bristol, TN, is dedicated to the work and example of Frederick Buechner, exploring the intersections and collisions of faith and culture that define our times.

Buechner’s work focuses primarily on seven key themes:

  1. Listening to your life

  2. Faith despite doubt

  3. Hope through grace

  4. Searching for meaning

  5. Our shared story

  6. The Meaning of christian

  7. Sinners as saints

If any of these sound interesting to you, be sure to join us for one of these sessions this Fall!