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CONVERSATIONS at First baptist Church decatur

Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur has been pleased to partner with the Georgia Center for the Book and others in the Decatur community to host public dialogues in our community at the intersection of faith, purpose, and values. Enjoy listening to some of our previous presentations for the first time or to revisit an event you attended by clicking on the links below.

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Barbara Brown Taylor – march 11, 2019

The renowned and beloved New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark recounts her moving discoveries of finding the sacred in unexpected places while teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.

In Holy Envy, Barbara Brown Taylor contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques. Troubled and inspired by what she learns, Taylor returns to her own tradition for guidance, finding new meaning in old teachings that have too often been used to exclude religious strangers instead of embracing the divine challenges they present.

Re-imagining some central stories from the religion she knows best, she takes heart in how often God chooses outsiders to teach insiders how out-of-bounds God really is. Throughout Holy Envy, Taylor weaves together stories from the classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions---even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God---a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God.

Join us! Monday, March 11, 2019
7:00pm
 | FBC Decatur


Featured Archives


author EVENT — paul wallace

Paul Wallace’s newly published book, Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos, brilliantly shows God's presence in the ever-evolving cosmos. Discussions led by Paul were held on Sunday mornings at FBCD this spring—April 24–May 22.

Paul is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Agnes Scott College, an ordained minister (CBF), and a deacon at First Baptist Church Decatur.

Website: psnt.net Twitter: @paulmwall
To learn more about Stars Beneath Us, go here.

For audio posts of the discussions, go here.


author EVENT — nadia bolz-weber

Held on September 11, 2015

Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran minister and founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the upcoming book Accidental Saints. The New York Times best-selling author invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls "a religious but not-so-spiritual life." In a time when many have become disillusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

This event was presented by Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book.

No audio available for this presentation.


author event — pat conroy and friends

Held on May 18, 2015

Pat Conroy hosted a panel discussion featuring four authors whose works were released by Story River Books: John Lane, Bernie and Maggie Schein and Mary Hood.

This event was presented by Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book.

No audio available for this presentation.


author event — sandy tolan

Held on May 1, 2015

Conversations: Music Brings Hope

Sandy Tolan read from his book Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land. This is the story Ramzi’s journey—from stone thrower to music student to school founder---andit shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war.

This event was presented by Conversations at First Baptist Church Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book.

No audio available for this presentation.