The Promises and Charisms of Lay Cistercians

In May, God willing and with the permission of my community, I will make my first simple promises as a Lay Cistercian. The Lay Cistercians are an association of laymen and laywomen who have chosen to live their vocation as Christians in accordance with the unique charisms of the Cistercian Order, adapted to the circumstances of life "in the world." Lay Cistercians participate in communities associated with Cistercian monasteries; my Lay Cistercian Community is affiliated with the Trappist … [Read more...]

He Met the Walrus

In 1969, a young teenager named Jerry Levitan sneaked into John Lennon's hotel room, with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He interviewed Lennon for about five minutes, and now that recording has been set to a most Beatle-esque animation. It's way cool, and what's probably most wonderful of all are Lennon's insightful comments about the meaning of music, peace and nonviolence, why violent revolutions always fail, the truth about human nature, and why he was having a hard time gaining entry into the … [Read more...]

A Vegan Christian Website and Blog

I have just learned about a website and blog of a vegan Christian who recognizes a link between her faith and her diet: All Things New: A Christian Conversation on Food … [Read more...]

The Emerging Church Conference Webcast

If you can't make it to  Albuquerque this weekend to attend the Emerging Church Conference with Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Shane Claiborne, Brian McLaren, and Alexie Torres-Fleming, you can still get the experience. The key speakers and panel discussions from the conference are going to be available via a live streaming webcast (and archived for thirty days, which frees you from having to be glued to your monitor the entire weekend). Cost to receive the webcast is only $50 — less than a third … [Read more...]

Registration now open for “Introduction to World Mysticism”

I'll be teaching my class on World Mysticism through the Emory University Center for Lifelong Learning again, on Wednesday evenings July 22 through August 12. It's a fun class — a whirlwind tour through some of the most luminous spiritual writings from around the world.For more information or to register, click here: … [Read more...]

The Future of Food

Watch this video. It may seem like an odd video to appear on a website devoted to mysticism, but think for a minute about the parable of the sower... and then compare it to what's going on in our world today. … [Read more...]

Dungeons & Dragons… for Philosophers!

My dear friend Charles Whitenberg alerted me to this link. It's quite funny, but you've got to appreciate both philosophy and role-playing games to get the joke:Dresden Codak Casts Magic Missile … [Read more...]