Senior minister, First Congregational Church, Dubuque, Iowa
The Rev. Lillian Daniel is the senior minister of First Congregational Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Before that, she served as senior minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Ill., in suburban Chicago. Her latest book is "Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To: Spirituality Without Stereotypes, Religion Without Ranting." She also is the author of “Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony,” and chapters in “Anxious about Empire” and “From Nomads to Pilgrims: Stories from Practicing Congregations.” A frequent contributor to Christian Century, Daniel has also written for publications including Books and Culture, Leadership, The Journal for Preachers and The Biblical Preaching Journal. She has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School and Chicago Theological Seminary.
The story of Mary Magdalene at the tomb illustrates the importance of taking the time to live as we say we want to live, Lillian Daniel says in an Easter sermon.
If a blind cat can face the world unafraid, what about us?
I don’t aspire to write like Paul in every newsletter, but I am humbled that 2,000 years later, we know him by his letters.
Is there someone you need to forgive this season? From whom you need forgiveness?
Lillian Daniel, a teacher of preaching, responds to first-year pastor Tom Arthur's question from last week.
Early in her ministry, Lillian Daniel finds that she has intense anger about money, but no place, in her vocational life, to express it. She writes about her experience in the book, “This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers.”
What TV shows should a leader be borrowing from Netflix? Lillian Daniel has some (unconventional) answers.
This video parody of Willie Nelson's "Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" hits home for pastors and other leaders, for whom "dinner is always served cold."
If you think giving up chocolate or meat for Lent is hard, try giving up spending.
Don't clergy need better attention to self-care? The short answer: no they don't.
What if I haven't done anything of social value at age 40? Is it too late to start trying to lead? For Lillian Daniel, the popular film Milk says "No."
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