Update on Rhiannon

Here are excerpts from an email my wife sent out to family and friends this morning. I know a number of folks who read this blog have been praying for my stepdaughter, Rhiannon; so this will bring you up to date on what's happening in her life. I am sending out this email to many of our loved ones to ask for your prayers for Rhiannon. She came down with a fever (+102) and chills on Tuesday evening. We saw the doctor on Wednesday morning. After doing lab work we discovered that her blood counts … [Read more...]

Mass for 40 Parts

If you love early music, or sacred music, check out this video. I've already pre-ordered my copy of this CD — a recording of a sixteenth century "Mass for 40 Parts" that, quite possibly, was the inspiration for Thomas Tallis's transcendent 40-part motet, "Spem in Alium." … [Read more...]

Wild Goose Festival Trailer!

Here's a little video to watch (and share with your friends) about the Wild Goose Festival. … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts on Psalm 46:10 (Cedar Hill Blog)

Hello friends. I've recently written a post for the Cedar Hill Blog. Cedar Hill is a wonderful retreat center located in Gainesville, GA; I will be leading a day of reflection and renewal centered on contemplation and interfaith spirituality on Saturday, April 2. If you live within shouting distance (or, better yet, driving distance), I hope I'll see you there.Here's the link to the blog post: The Essential and Necessary Link Between Contemplation and Peacemaking.And here's a bit more about … [Read more...]

Evening at Emory: Introduction to World Mysticism!

Register now for INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MYSTICISM This spring through Evening at Emory! Madonna is studying the Kabbalah. The Shack is a runaway bestseller. Seven hundred years after he died, everyone's reading Rumi. Yoga, Buddhism and other eastern practices are more popular among Americans than ever. So what gives? At the heart of all these cultural trends is mysticism, a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism … [Read more...]

A Flock of CDs (for the Wild Goose Festival)

Following up on last Sunday's post of books by folks appearing at the Wild Goose Festival, here's a gallery of selected CDs by some of the musicians who likewise are expected to show up at the first Wild Goose Festival, to be held in North Carolina this coming June 23-26. What excites me about this list is how eclectic it is — quite a variety of folks, and not just the usual suspects that you would expect at a "Christian" festival. With the likes of T-Bone Burnett, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and M … [Read more...]

“Five Faiths Explore the Sacred Path” Conference, April 8-10!

I'm excited to announce that I will be participating in a very special interfaith contemplative event in Atlanta, April 8-10!Five Faiths Explore the Sacred Path An Interfaith Contemplative Gathering April 8-10, 2011 First Christian Church of Atlanta's Annual Spirituality Conference 4532 LaVista Road Tucker, GA 30084 770-939-4358 This conference will offer insights from five of the world's major religions regarding the sacred path to God. Contemplation is an essential component of Buddhism, … [Read more...]