"A More Interesting God"

Lillian Daniel is one of my favorite preachers. Period.

But I especially appreciate her as a member of the UCC. In a denomination which has, as one of its greatest strengths, an ethos of acceptance and inclusivity, these strengths can also be its greatest weakness. There are times when inclusivity becomes normative to the point where theological reflection (and the particular ecclesiological identity of the church as the church of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit) takes a back seat. In this context, Lillian Daniel is an important (sometimes even prophetic) voice. She's certainly not a "conservative," she holds up the basic values of inclusivity and acceptance, but she never forgets why she does.

Last year at the IYM Forms on Youth Ministry, Rev. Daniel was a keynote speaker and this clip was recently shared on the IYM "Weekly Forum."