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Welcome to the Buechner Institute


The Buechner Institute mourns the loss of its director, W. Dale Brown. This year's programming will continue as scheduled to honor Dale's important vision.


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.

You're most welcome.  Do join us. Full details here or visit our "Schedule" page. 


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Make sure to check back here often, or become a fan of the Buechner Institute on Facebook. Email if you have questions or would like to be on our mailing list.  Come see us if you are in the neighborhood.

As the King community says goodbye, a tribute to Dale Brown.

Visit Caring Bridge for updates on Institute Director Dale Brown or make a donation to Buechner Institute by becoming a Friend of Fred

Attend one of our Opens internal link in current windowprograms  

Check out the work of the Buechner Center 


Author Andrew Delbanco to Speak at King University on Dec. 3 & 4

On Dec. 3 & 4, King University and the Buechner Institute will welcome Harvard Graduate Andrew Delbanco to the 2014-15 Buechner Institute Lecture Series.


Bestselling Poet and Essayist Christian Wiman to Speak at King University and Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Nov. 17

On Nov. 17, King University and the Buechner Institute will welcome poet Christian Wiman as a speaker in the 2014-15 Buechner Institute Lecture Series, “What’s Next?”


Nashville Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken to Perform Oct. 24 in Knoxville at King's Hardin Valley Campus

Nashville singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken will perform at King University’s Knoxville campus located at The Village at Hardin Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24.