Diana Butler Bass to Give 2024 Willson Lecture at Hendrix

Well-known voice on religion and contemporary spirituality to speak Monday, February 5

CONWAY, Arkansas (May 31, 2023)- The Hendrix College Office of Religious Life will welcome Diana Butler Bass for the 2024 Willson Lecture on February 5, 2024. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public; the specific location on the Hendrix campus will be shared this fall.

Bass is known for being one of the nation’s most sound and trusted voices for religion and contemporary spirituality. She has offered commentary on religious and spiritual issues through a number of media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN. She has written eleven books focusing on developments in Christianity and received numerous awards for her writing, including the Religion News Association’s Book of the Year award.

According to her website, “Diana’s passion is sharing great ideas to change lives and the world—a passion that ranges from informing the public about spiritual trends, challenging conventional narratives about religious practice, entering the fray of social media with spiritual wisdom and smart theology, and writing books to help readers see themselves, their place in history, and God differently.” For more information on Diana Butler Bass, visit www.dianabutlerbass.com.

Her lecture will take place in conjunction with the Steel-Hendrix Awards Banquet and the John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop, with the trio of events taking place on February 5-6, 2024.

The Willson Lectures were established at Hendrix in 1956 with the goal of bringing outstanding speakers to discuss spiritual values and vital issues confronting the world today. The Willson Lectures were made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Willson, who established lectureships at 23 United Methodist colleges nationwide. Recent speakers have included Rev. Matt Rawle, Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II, and Rev. Matt Miofsky.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu

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