Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony
When a study group at the seemingly traditional Church of the Redeemer in New Haven, Connecticut, read about the practice of testimony, members approached the descriptions of people sharing their faith as if they were reading an anthropology article—an intriguing account about what other people from some entirely different culture did.
During the 2000 Lenten season, however, the congregation slowly began exploring the practice of testimony—a practice that would eventually revitalize their worship and transform their congregational culture. In Tell It Like It Is
, Lillian Daniel, pastor of the congregation, describes how the practice of testimony strengthened lay leadership, fostered more intimate community, and drew the congregation closer to God.Tell It Like It Is
includes some of the testimonies worshipers heard and reflections from both those who spoke and those who listened to these stories about God at work in the world. Through the simple practice of speaking about God’s presence in their lives, Daniel and her congregation discovered that speaking about God’s transformation had the power to transform their church.
Praise for the Book
“In these pages, people speak with wonder, joy, and astonishment about the places where the pathways of their lives have intersected with the trajectories of God's presence and grace. With candor, theological insight, and pastoral wisdom, Daniel describes how testimony can deeply affect, and finally transform, the life of a congregation.” —Thomas G. Long
“This marvelous book by Lillian Daniel is so much more than a book about testimony. The book itself is a testimony to the powerful ways God works when people are invited to tell others what they have seen and heard and touched of God’s presense in their lives.” —Martin B. Copenhaver
“This is practical theology at its best: it is theologically grounded, reflects on actual practice, and provides a useful model for all our churches. Like all faithful testimony, it convicts us and changes us, too.” —David Bartlett
About the AuthorLillian Daniel has been senior minister of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, since 2004. From 1996 to 2004, she was senior minister of Church of the Redeemer (UCC) in New Haven, Connecticut.
Alban No. AL308
paper, 206 pages
($13.60 for members)