The Prosperity Mongers

I spoke with an editor of a large faith-oriented website yesterday; I had pitched a couple of ideas to this site and hadn't had any luck getting a contract. We talked about how most of their readers were looking for breezy, self-help articles. He mentioned Joel Osteen more than once.When I think about folks like Joel Osteen or Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), I have deeply ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, no one can argue with the worldly success of such things as the Law of … [Read more...]

The Butler, Tea, and Single Malt

I was poking around Beth Patterson's Virtual Teahouse this morning, and found a link that led me to a link (!) to Jesse Kornbluth's wonderful tribute to John O'Donohue at Headbutler. Probably the most wonderful and heartfelt tribute to the Connemara mystic I've yet to see. You'll want to check out what O'Donohue said one morning after a bottle of single malt whisky had bested him.And while you're at it, take some time to get to know both the Virtual Teahouse and Headbutler. The Virtual … [Read more...]

Philip Carr-Gomm

I have just discovered Philip Carr-Gomm's blog.Philip is a Druid, in fact he's the chief of OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids). His writing is filled with gentle wisdom and clear insight into the philosophical dimensions of Celtic wisdom. I particularly recommend The Druid Way. Throughout his writings I've always found a deep hospitality and honoring of all positive wisdom traditions.Click here to check out his blog. … [Read more...]


Here are two of my favorite verses in the Hebrew scriptures: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:4The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. — Zephaniah 3:17 I don't know about you, but in all my experience growing up in a stick-in-the-mud Lutheran Church no one ever suggested to me that spirituality is all about God taking del … [Read more...]

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

When I was studying the cosmology of Wicca, one of the most fascinating concepts to me was that of the egregore, or "group mind." When a group of people gathered for a common purpose, particularly if it were spiritual in nature, their collective psychic energy would begin to coalesce into an organic form of transpersonal consciousness that would remain silently present in the midst of the group's activity. The egregore would be located in a particular place, typically where the group gathered … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Do not aspire to be called holy before you really are, but first be holy that you may more truly be called so. — The Rule of St Benedict, ed. Timothy Fry, O.S.B. … [Read more...]

Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny

Today is Sandy Denny's 61st birthday. Well, she would have been 61 today. But this coming April will mark the thirtieth anniversary of her untimely death at age 31, from injuries sustained when she fell down a flight of stairs.A British vocalist of singular elegance and beauty, Sandy sang with the Strawbs and, more famously, with Fairport Convention. But for those who are not familiar with British folk and progressive rock of the late 1960s and early 1970s, she is probably best known as the … [Read more...]