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Diana Butler Bass to Speak at BC on Feb. 28

Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

A Chabraja Fellow with the SeaburyNEXT project at Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Bass regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She is a blogger at The Huffington Post and Patheos.
She regularly comments on religion, politics and culture in the media including USA Today, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS and NPR. From 1995 to 2000, Bass wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine and has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal and Congregations.

Bass is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Publishers Weekly named her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us as one of the best religion books of 2006.

From 2002 to 2006, she served as project director of a national Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College and the Virginia Theological Seminary.

She serves on the boards of the Beatitudes Society and Public Religion Research.

The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Bass was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York.

Bass holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University.

She and her family live in Alexandria, Va.

The program at Bridgewater College is sponsored by the Anna B. Mow Endowed Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Posted on 2/13/13

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