W. David O. and Phaedra Taylor
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Peace Talks
W. David O. and Phaedra Taylor
May 09, 2024 Season 7 Episode 9
The Center for Formation, Justice and Peace

Peace Talks is delighted to welcome W. David O. and Phaedra Taylor to the show. Vanessa and the Taylors discuss the limitations of "thoughts and prayers" and the expansiveness of the "collect" as a prayer form. They also talk about their new book which will be released in June 2024, Prayers for the Pilgrimage: A Book of Collects for All of Life.

W. David O.

 Taylor is an Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including A Body of Praise (Baker Academic, 2023), Open and Unafraid (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 2020), and Glimpses of the New Creation (Eerdmans, 2019). In 2016, he produced a short film on the Psalms with Bono and Eugene Peterson. An Anglican priest, he lives in Austin, Texas, with his children and artist wife, Phaedra, with whom he has produced three sets of illustrated prayer cards (here, here, and here), and you can usually find him on Twitter (@wdavidotaylor) or Instagram (@davidtaylor_theologian).

Phaedra Jean Taylor was raised on the rocky shores of northern Scotland, where a love of all things old seeped into her bones. She completed her BFA in sculpture at the University of North Texas, where she was also awarded the Most Outstanding Student in the Visual Arts award. She interned at the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa Texas. Since then she has been exploring the disciplines of encaustic painting and watercolor. Her work has been exhibited in juried, group, and solo exhibitions, and is held in private collections of various individuals around the globe. Phaedra lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Anglican priest and theologian, David Taylor, and two children, Blythe and Sebastian. Together they make creative liturgical resources for families and church communities.

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About the Center for Formation, Justice and Peace:
Justice and peace come from the inside out—from the overflow of a transformed heart. This belief led our founder, Bishop Todd Hunter, to start the Center for Formation, Justice and Peace in 2021. The Center brings together a diverse, interdenominational community of people who want to be formed in love to heal a broken world. Because “religion” is often part of the problem, we’ve created a brave, Jesus-centered space for dialogue, questioning, creating, and exploration. PEACE TALKS introduces you to women and men who are working to undo oppression, leading to lives of deeper peace for all.

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