Award-winning author Lauren Winner discussed the power and problems of writing spiritual memoir before a standing room audience in the Rotunda’s Dome Room at the University of Virginia. Winner drew from her own recent book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, which Christianity Today has declared “an instant spiritual classic.” Her compelling lecture explored why we are so drawn to spiritual autobiography - the narrative accounts of God's gracious movement in our lives.
Lauren Winner is a professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School, an ordained minister and a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post. Her lecture was the latest in our Capps Lectures, which bring eminent Christian scholars to the heart of the Academy to trace the connections between vibrant faith and social engagement. The series is endowed by Dr. and Mrs. W. Jerry Capps of Atlanta.
Though Thomas Jefferson designed his famous Rotunda to reflect the “authority of nature and power of reason,” even there God’s truth is declared through the annual Capps Lectures. You can watch Winner’s lecture on YouTube under the title: “Lauren Winner Shares Insights In ‘Writing About God’.”