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A love letter to Piedmont

In the classroom, Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor guided the intellectually curious through lessons covering religious practices, awakening student seekers to a broader worldview.
The ​New York Times​ best-selling author describes this season in ​Holy Envy​, her latest literary offering. The work is a reflection from two decades of teaching “Religions of the World” at Piedmont from 1998 to 2017.
In her Daniel Hall classroom, learners of varied backgrounds gathered to discuss the world’s major religions. Field trips were woven into the syllabus. Regular excursions to Atlanta offered students the chance to worship in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish communities.
The choice of title, ​Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others​, offers a glimpse into Taylor’s intellectual worldview.
“I heard it the first time without having a clue what it meant,” Taylor said.