With his trademark humor and gentle wisdom, author, minister and Quaker storyteller Philip Gulley explores the terrain of faith and doubt as shaped by family, church and young love. Gulley will present “Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 20th and D streets. Admission is free to the public; free-will donations will be accepted at the doors.
Raised by a Catholic mother and a Baptist father, across the street from a family of Jehovah's Witnesses -- all three camps convinced Gulley that the other two are doomed. To everyone's surprise, Philip grew up to be a Quaker pastor.
“Someone else’s faith,” he says, “is a poor substitute for having our own.” Yet even his own tradition, he discovers, serves best as a way point in the serious, lifelong process of letting go of inherited certainties in order to flourish.
“This lecture is for anyone whose faith has been challenged by the world around them,” said First-Plymouth Senior Minister Jim Keck. Gulley will explain how to let go, or unlearn these burdensome obstacles in their faith so that they can forge a more authentic relationship with God.
Copies of Gulley’s books will be available to purchase during a book-signing after the evening session.