Jill Duffield, the editor and publisher of the Presbyterian Outlook, will explore ways disciples of Jesus Christ might change the current cultural conversation. Rather than simply reacting to the troubling headline of the day, Duffield will challenge people of faith to take the lead in shaping not only the cultural conversation, but their communities, too. Presbyterians have a long and rich history of being deeply engaged in public life for the sake of all people. By acknowledging our baptismal vows and how those vows form the vocational shape for our daily living, she argues we need loudly and actively to reclaim this belief in all our spheres of influence, knowing that the Spirit will give the words and courage and skill.
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Jill Duffield currently serves as the editor and publisher of The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent publication on the PC(USA). She earned a BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary and was ordained as a teaching elder in 1998. In May 2013 Jill earned her Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to becoming editor of the Outlook, she served in pastoral ministry in large and small congregations. She is a contributor to the new commentary series from John Knox Press, Connections. Her book, Lent in Plain Sight: A Devotional through Ten Objects will be published by WJK Press in December, 2019. In addition, her weekly lectionary reflections will be published by CSS Publishers. Lectionary Reflections for Preachers and Teachers, Year A, will be available in November of this year. She was the 2015 and 2018 recipient of the Associated Church Press James Solheim Award for Editorial Courage. Jill is frequently asked to preach and has had the privilege of preaching at the Montreat Conference Center and lecturing at the Festival of Homiletics. She serves on the board of Austin Presbyterian Seminary and is an active participant in the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. Jill is married to Grant and they have three children, Joseph, Jessie and Marissa.