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Philip Gulley


Philip Gulley

Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and writer and speaker from Danville, Indiana. An eclectic writer, Gulley has published 18 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the best-selling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous essays. Gulley’s memoir, I LOVE YOU, MISS HUDDLESTON: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhoodrecounts his coming-of-age years in DanvilleIndianaIn addition, Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books, IF GRACE IS TRUE and IF GOD IS LOVEfollowed by Gulley’s book IF THE CHURCH WERE CHRISTIAN.

In his most recently published book, THE EVOLUTION OF FAITH: How God is Creating a Better Christianity, Gulley proposes a fresh direction for Christianity and articulates a Christianity that, while faithful to the priorities of Jesus, can help its adherents live happily, peacefully, and productively in our complex world. 

Gulley was raised in Danville, Indiana where he lives today with his wife, Joan, and their sons, Spencer and Sam, in a comfortable house with a welcoming porch. Many of his characters and recollections are taken from his boyhood in this small Midwestern town. 

Gulley attended Marian College in Indianapolis where he studied theology and sociology. He then enrolled at Christian Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity in 1992. While in seminary, he became the pastor of Irvington Friends Meeting in Indianapolis and began writing essays for the church’s newsletter.  Paul Harvey, Jr. received those newsletters and shared them with a publisher. A few months later, the publisher invited Gulley to publish his essays, which became his first book, FRONT PORCH TALES. He has been writing ever since.

Gulley is currently a co-pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting near Indianapolis. Additionally, he hosted the television program "Porch Talk with Phil Gulley" on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI and their flagship show Across Indiana, for which he received two Emmy® Awards. He also writes the popular monthly Home Again column for Indianapolis Monthly and is a regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post. In 2010, Christian Theological Seminary awarded Gulley an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Philip Gulley

Books by Philip Gulley

by Philip Gulley - Fiction, Humor

In A GATHERING IN HOPE, Pastor Sam Gardner and his congregation are eager to expand their meeting house after an unexpected windfall. Before building can commence, the County Environmental Board and the Department of Natural Resourses put the quietus on the plan. A colony of endangered Indiana bats have made the tree beside the meetinghouse, and the meetinghouse attic, their place of residence. Until the fanged visitors leave for hibernation, Hope Friends Meeting is left without a gathering place. When an over-zealous Leonard Fink takes matters into his own hands, he may land himself --- and Sam --- in jail.

by Philip Gulley - Fiction

When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It's not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they're two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follows the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Deeply discouraged, he wonders if his pastoral usefulness has come to an end. Perhaps it's time for a change.

by Philip Gulley - Christian, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality

In LIVING THE QUAKER WAY, Philip Gulley shows how Quaker values provide real solutions to many of our most pressing contemporary challenges. We not only come to a deeper appreciation of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality, we see how embracing these virtues will radically transform us and our world.