Before Phyllis Tickle died at 81 in September 2015, she named Jon M. Sweeney her official biographer. Sweeney is coming to the Cathedral Book Store to give a lecture on the life and career of this extraordinary woman. He will discuss her written work over fifty years (poetry, plays, literary, spiritual, historical, and theological), her marriage and family, and life on the Farm in Lucy, the subject of much of her oeuvre. Then there's Tickle’s work as an academic and book publisher in Tennessee; her impact as the founding editor in religion at Publishers Weekly during the boom of spiritual writing and interfaith understanding in the 1990s; relationships with Gwendolyn Brooks, John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, Brian McLaren, and Desmond Tutu; and the impact she had on the communities where all of her writing, scholarship, and advocacy has seen the greatest impact: the hundreds of thousands who took on fixed-hour prayer due to her “The Divine Hours” series; the Episcopal Church USA writ large; LGBTQ Christians awaiting full acceptance; and Emergence Christianity, for which she served as historian, forecaster, and champion.
If you would like to join us for the free lecture and book signing on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral, please reserve your seat on the events page at cathedralbookstore.org or by stopping by the store. This lecture is made possible by the generous support of our Book Fellows program.