Other Events with Dara
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The Globalization of God:
Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis
with Dara Molloy
Friday, March 4, 7-9pm
Saturday, March 5, 9:30am-12pm
Human beings have always struggled with the temptation to mimic and acquire for themselves whatever they perceive as divine power. Dara Molloy's new book, The Globalization of God, traces this struggle back to the Mosaic revelation of monotheism showing how the demand for conformity and control in the worship of God has escalated into what we know as globalization today.
Historically, in the language of globalization, the first ‘product’ to be ‘marketed’ at a global level was a belief in the one god of Moses, a god shared today by three major world religions and many other lesser ones. Before Moses, polytheism was the norm. Each culture had its own set of gods and goddesses who were local expressions of indigenous spirituality. This ensured diversity. Beliefs were as diverse as languages.
In this weekend program, Malloy presents an insightful comparison of global corporations and monotheistic religion while calling for greater religious diversity. Citing the struggles of the Celtic monastic movement, he notes the many losses incurred by the move to a globalized Christianity. Saturday’s session includes small group discussion. Copies of The Globalization of God will be available for purchase and signing.
PRESENTER: Dara Molloy is a Celtic monk and priest. He lives on Inis Mór, Aran Islands, with his wife Tess Harper and their four children. Dara moved to Inis Mór in 1985 to be a hermit in the footsteps of St. Enda, patriarch of Irish monasticism. Inspired by the Celtic monastic tradition, he has created spiritually-based projects that express that tradition in a contemporary setting: hospitality, organic gardening, ecological building, education, publishing and the development of Celtic ceremonies. He encourages people to follow their own spiritual path and to draw on the Celtic tradition for inspiration.
Celtic musicians for the event: Jen Gergen and Kim Sobbe. Aside from her solo work, Jen (didgeridoo player, hand percussionist, singer) can be found performing in local folk group The Laughing Hearts (playing Celtic, medieval, original pirate tunes, and contemporary folk). Joining Jen is very skilled and long time band mate, Kim, whose musical talents include but are not limited to bagpipes, whistles, flutes, guitar, and vocals.
Friday, March 4, 7:00-9:00pm - Cost: $30 - includes live Celtic music and reception
Saturday, March 5, 9:30am-12:00pm - Cost: $35 - Includes live Celtic music and refreshments
Friday and Saturday - Cost: $50 - includes live Celtic music, reception, and refreshments.