Summit 2014 Featured Speakers

Barbara Brown Taylor*  

Barbara Brown Taylor is the Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia. An Episcopal priest since 1984, she is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World. 

Her first memoir, Leaving Church, met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Taylor and her husband Ed live on a working farm in the foothills of the Appalachians with wild turkeys, red foxes, two old Quarter horses and too many chickens.


Stanley Hauerwas*  

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University. Though he is often identified as an ethicist, his work is more properly described as theology. Certainly his work involves questions many associate with ethics, but his primary intent is to show in what way theological convictions make no sense unless they are actually embodied in our lives. To that end, he was among the first to reclaim the importance of character and the virtues for the display of Christian living. He has also drawn attention to the importance of narrative for explicating the interrelation of practical reason and personal identity, and correlatively the significance of the church as the necessary context for Christian formation and moral reflection. Accordingly, his work draws on a great range of literatures--from classical, philosophical, and theological texts to contemporary political theory. He also works in medical ethics, issues of war and peace, and the care of the mentally handicapped.

A graduate of Yale Divinity School (B.D. 1965) and Yale University Graduate School (M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. 1968), Hauerwas did his undergraduate work at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas. He taught for two years at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois before joining the faculty of the University of Notre Dame where he taught from 1970‑1984. He joined the faculty of Duke University in 1984 where he served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1985-1991.

He is a member of the Society for Christian Ethics, the American Academy of Religion, and the American Theological Society. He has delivered lectures world-wide and was invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in the year 2000-2001. He has received honorary degrees from DePaul University (1988), University of Edinburgh (1991), and University of Virginia (2006).


Andrea Dilley  

Andrea Palpant Dilley, author and documentary producer, has been published in Christianity Today, Geez, Utne Reader, Rock & Sling, Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical (Wipf and Stock), Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get, Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press) as well as Beliefnet, Her.meneutics, Huffington Post, CNN Belief Blog, and Duke Divinity’s Faith and Leadership journal. As a documentary producer her work has aired nationally on American Public Television. 

Dilley spent part of her childhood growing up in Kenya as the daughter of Quaker medical missionaries. Her memoir, Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt (Zondervan) was named one of the “Best Books of 2012” by Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds. Andrea lives with her husband and their two daughters in Austin, Texas, where her husband teaches philosophy at St. Edward’s University.


* - Also a "Theme Speaker" 

Theme Speakers

Featured Presenter

Tuesday morning at 11 a.m., as a Theme Speaker, Sara Barton will bring together her many years of experience and her heart of deep faith as she shares insights on “The Greatest Commandments.” click here to read more.