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Welcome to the Buechner Institute



What's next? Our 2014-2015 programming aims to address just that question.  

The tension between hope and fear is at the heart of Frederick Buechner’s writings. In his powerful and overlooked novel, On the Road with the Archangel, for example, he features a cast of characters surprisingly familiar in these days of anxiety and uncertainty. They wonder if there is a God “who looked after the world after all.” Buechner’s narrator, an angel of all things, concludes “by and large the world believes in him [the Holy One] for all the wrong reasons.” And “it disbelieves in him for all the wrong reasons too.”

There it is, that hard place between faith and doubt, between joyful anticipation and dreary dread, the territory we need help to navigate. Such is the tension that sends us to the couch bewildered and bone tired. Perhaps, among the words of our speakers and the songs of our singers, we can find encouragement to face what’s next with confidence.

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Author and Commentator Frederica Mathewes-Green to Speak at King University and Milligan College Sept. 15

Frederica Mathewes-Green, author and correspondent, will speak at King University ion Monday, Sept. 15 at 9:15 a.m. She will also speak at Milligan College at 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Sept. 16.


Critically Acclaimed Author Tim Gautreaux to Speak at King University Sept. 1

Critically acclaimed author Tim Gautreaux will speak at King University on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Widner Lounge at Maclellan Hall as part of the Buechner Institute 2014-15 Lecture Series.


Michael Morgan to Showcase First Generation of the English Bible at Bristol Public Library during Buechner Institute Bonus Lecture Sept. 2

As part of the Buechner Institute 2014-15 Lecture Series, musician and avid collector Michael Morgan will present “The First Generation of the English Bible, from John Wycliffe through the King James Bible” at the Bristol...More