Kay Butler Gill Lecture

The Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, hosted by the seminary's Center for Christian Spirituality, is one of General Seminary's two named lectures. Begun in 2003 as the Annual Lecture in Christian Spirituality, the lecture heralds the place of Christian spirituality as a scholarly field within the theological academy.

Bringing eminent scholars and spiritual teachers to the seminary is made possible by donations to lecture's endowment, established by a generous grant from the estate of Kay Butler Gill, a graduate of General Seminary and the Center for Christian Spirituality.

Kay Butler Gill started attending the program in Spiritual Direction at the Center for Christian Spirituality in 1987. Over the course of five summers, she complete the academic work required and in 1992 began a second career in Spiritual Direction.  Kay cared about the spiritual life: After her education and formation here, she spent many years serving the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, offering retreats and quiet days and holding, as she so eloquently described it, “spiritual conversations with others.”

Her husband, the Rev. Jim Gill, Class of 1954, describes her graduation in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd as a highlight of their fifty-four years of marriage. Kay died on September 30, 2008 and in thanksgiving for her education at General she designated the legacy gift establishing the fund for the annual CCS lecture.


The 2019 Kay Butler Gill Lecture


Previous Lectures in the Series:

as the “Annual Lecture in Christian Spirituality.”

2003    Sandra Schneiders

2004    Martin Smith

2005    Tilden Edwards

2006    Roberta Bondi

2007    Alan Jones

2008    Margaret Guenther

as the "Kay Butler Gill Lecture in Christian Spirituality"

2010    Janet K. Ruffing

2011    Robin Jensen

2012    John Philip Newell

2013    James Martin, SJ

2014    Bishop Steven Charleston

2016    John A. McGuckin

2018 Chris Heurtz