Sunday Sermon by Dr. Brene Brown at the Washington National Cathedral - January 21, 2018

Dr. Brene Brown.


Psychologist Dr. Brene Brown gives a 17-minute sermon on faith and the church and the strengths and difficulties of congregational life.


therapeutic analogies to congregational life; making sense of theology in the midst of real life; belonging

Recommended Audience

clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Show as an example of a sermon that addresses both love and a loving critique of the Church.
  • Share the video with a small group reading one of Brene Brown's books, such as "Dare to Lead".

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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