Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings
Monday, August 4, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 pm
For many years now the Celtic poet, peacemaker, and scholar John Philip Newell has been writing about the sacredness ofbeing, the of-Godness that is at the heart of our lives and all life.
In his new work, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings, Newell asks what the world in general and Christianity in particular would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways.
He explores eight major features of a new birthing of Christianity:
- Coming back into relationship with the Earth as sacred
- Reconnecting with compassion as the ground of true relationship
- Celebrating the Light that is at the heart of all life
- Reverencing the wisdom of other religious traditions
- Rediscovering spiritual practice as the basis for transformation
- Living the way of nonviolence among nations
- Looking to the unconscious as the wellspring of new vision
- Following love as the seed-force of new birth in our lives and world
Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians, those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice, and those on the disenchanted edges, as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions. It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of laboring in a new holy birth of sacred living.
John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, scholar of Celtic spirituality, and minister of the Church of Scotland with a fresh vision for harmony between the great spiritual traditions of humanity. One of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the English-speaking world, Newell teaches and preaches internationally on themes related to the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul. He is founder of the Praying for Peace Initiative, which nurtures greater relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
WHEN: Monday, August 4, 2014 6:30 to 8:30pm
WHERE: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul (Map and parking)
Note: The Rebirthing of God will be available for purchase from 6:00-6:15 pm. Following John’s program, there will be a book signing and the book will again be available for purchase.
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