nonsermon #1: my religion

I am thrilled to begin a biweekly series, entitled ‘nonsermons’, with New South Journal. The first nonsermon, “my religion,” is live.

New South

by Ben Lewellyn-Taylor

In 1952, e.e. cummings was invited to Harvard for a series of what he referred to as nonlectures. From the outset, cummings clarified that he had no interest in the traditional lecture form: “Lecturing is presumably a form of teaching; and presumably a teacher is somebody who knows. I never did, and still don’t, know. What has always fascinated me is not teaching, but learning.”

I grew up in a conservative Christian home, set out to become a youth pastor in my college years, then found myself in my 20s somewhere between faithless and unsure, among friends who had similarly fallen out of love with religion, the church, God, or all of the above. Oddly, we had met years prior at a church that only a few of us now attend.

Finding ourselves lost within a story we had been a part of our entire lives, we…

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2 thoughts on “nonsermon #1: my religion

  1. Paul Demer February 8, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    Always grateful for your words, Ben. Love the idea of Summer Camp.

    On Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 3:19 PM Ben Lewellyn-Taylor wrote:

    > bentaylorblogs posted: “I am thrilled to begin a biweekly series, entitled > ‘nonsermons’, with New South Journal. The first nonsermon, “my religion,” > is live.” >

    • bentaylorblogs February 22, 2019 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you for reading, Paul. I appreciate you!

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