October 28-November 11, A Trip to the Holy Land

Hello from Israel!


It's a bucket list trip for many people. If you've been looking for a unique opportunity to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories with an optional tag-on adventure to Jordan, this is your chance.

I will be leading this trip along with my dear friend, Rabbi Nancy Kasten. We will explore all the traditional biblical sites in the Holy Land with special attention to the Jewish roots of Christianity. The Bible will come alive for you in a way you can't imagine without being there.

Another aspect of the trip will be exposure to different perspectives on the ongoing challenges between Israelis and Palestinians, including conversations with Palestinian Christians who are caught between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims. So, there are both ancient and contemporary aspects to this educational and spiritual adventure.

You do not have to be a member of Wilshire Baptist Church or even live in Dallas. Your religious identity is also not a prerequisite, as we love the prospect of learning from each other across spiritual traditions.

The link for registration, along with all the details of the trip can be found here: https://www.makorjourneys.co.il/wilshire-church-interfaith-trip

If you want to talk with me about it further, email me at george@faithcommons.org.


November 18 & 19, Author DIANA BUTLER BASS comes to Dallas


Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the award-winning author of ten books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015), Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening(HarperOne, 2012) and Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (HarperOne, 2006). Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks will be released by HarperOne on April 3, 2018.

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 has commented widely on religion, politics, and culture widely in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, NPR, Sirius XM, and CBC.

Diana Butler Bass is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Wilbur Award, the Nautilus Gold Medal, the Book of the Year from Religion News Service, and the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. She holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history and American religious history to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies. From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment-funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times.

She can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

11/18/18 - She will preach at Wilshire in both morning services and then make comments at the noon Thanksgiving luncheon in Community Hall. (Tickets to the noon luncheon are on sale in the church office).

11/19/18 - she will speak at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas. That event is free and open to the public.