Lillian Daniel

Pastor, writer and teacher, Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn since 2004. Her book, When Spiritual But Not Religious is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church is a provocative case for why religious community matters. This much talked about book has been described as biting, hilarious, pitch perfect, tender and often stunningly beautiful.

She co-authored This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers with Martin B. Copenhaver. Noteworthy for its humor and honesty, it has been read by clergy and laity alike. And her first book, Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony is the story of one church's attempt to get people to talk to each other about God.

As editor at large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at, with over 20,000 subscribers.

She has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 distinguished alumni award for "Distinction in Congregational Ministry."

A frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has preached at the National Cathedral, Duke Chapel, and the Festival of Homiltetics, and has delivered lectures to clergy at Kings College, London and Queen's College, Ontario.






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