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Spring Meeting: Lillian Daniel

When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Why Church Matters

by Eric Anderson

HARTFORD (04/17/2012) -- Last September, 363 words launched a torrent of commentary, after the Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel’s StillSpeaking Daily Devotional “Spiritual but Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me” appeared on UCC.org. In blogs, on social networks, in sermons, in conversations, believers and non-believers alike took up the question: In an age of spiritual individualism, does religious community matter?

Daniel argues that it does. “Where life with God gets rich and provocative,” she wrote, “is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself.”

Daniel, senior minister of the First Congregational Church UCC of Glen Elyn, Illinois, formerly senior pastor of the Church of the Redeemer UCC in New Haven, will deliver the keynote address at the Spring Session of the Connecticut Conference Annual Meeting on May 12 in Suffield. Workshops for the day range from ecumenical street ministry to being a global mission church, from social media to liturgical art, from stewardship to sacred conversations on race.

On Friday night, May 11 in Southington, Daniel and her co-author, the Rev. Martin Copenhaver, will discuss their book This Odd and Wondrous Calling. Young people will gather that evening as well for the Second Annual Youth Revival in Hartford.

Information and registration are online at ctucc.org/annualmeeting.

The Rev. Eric S. Anderson is Minister of Communications and Technology for the Connecticut Conference UCC.

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