Award-Winning Religion and Culture Scholar to Speak at First United Methodist Church

Published : Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 4:41 PM

Diana Butler Bass, an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, will appear at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Bass’s talk will focus on her current release, “Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.” This is a public event and admission is free of charge.

In Grateful, Bass weaves together social science research, spiritual wisdom, and contemporary issues as she calls for a richer understanding and practice of gratitude. “What emerges are surprising insights about the power of thankful living to change how we treat one another, and how we might transform our world.”

Diana Butler Bass holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books. She regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues in the United States and internationally. Her bylines include The Washington Post, The New York Times Syndicate, and The Huffington Post. She comments on religion, politics, and culture widely in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, NPR, Sirius XM, and CBC.

First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Blvd, in the Playhouse District of Pasadena. Off-street parking is available behind the church and may be accessed from Green Street (a one-way street that runs east; access from Los Robles Avenue).

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