Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living

First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary presented by AJC

Sunday, 1:15-2:00

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, "On Being, "has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett's compassionate yet searching conversation. In"Becoming Wise," Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind.


Beth Waltemath

Beth Waltemath is the editor of ONScripture--The Bible, a weekly online resource that pairs mini-documentary film and theological commentary to reflect on the news stories and social justice issues of our time. She is also a pastor at two local congregations: North Decatur Presbyterian Church and Morningside Presbyterian Church, and she teaches writing courses in the Lifelong Learning Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Before attending seminary in New York City, Waltemath worked in publishing at Random House and Heart Magazines. She continues to write book reviews and conduct author interviews for for which she has interviewed bestselling authors including Andrew Solomon, Scott Stossel, Glennon Doyle, and Jennifer Weiner, as well as respected poets and religious scholars. This is Waltemath's fourth year appearing at the Decatur Book Festival. In past festivals, she has been in conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Lesley Hazleton.