Vive la Résistance!

My latest column has been published on Patheos: A Contemplative Revolution. It's building off of a comment I made at the Wild Goose Festival: that contemplation is like the French Resistance during World War II. That, in turn, is an homage to the French origins on the Cistercian order: but it also speaks to the challenge of living as a contemplative in a not-very-quiet world. Of course, the problems of our world go far deeper than just the decibel level, and so  this article is a bit more … [Read more...]

Unknowing in 2011

There are changes afoot here at the Website of Unknowing, and I thought my dear readers would like to know a bit about what I have planned.First of all, I'm working toward giving the site a new look. Not much to say on this front, except that I'll be working with one of the leading designers of websites for authors, and am very excited at the prospect of giving the site a facelift — which, hopefully, will make it more consistent with the overall message I  hope to convey.Secondly, I'm lo … [Read more...]

Freshly (Im)Pressed, or, the Challenge of Writing

First of all, a big shout out and "thank you" to the good folks of who chose my post from yesterday, Of Death, Dementia and Dear Old Friends, to be featured on their "Freshly Pressed" page. This is the first time a post from this blog made it onto that site (where they daily feature about 11 selections from over a half million daily Wordpress blog posts), and my site's traffic tripled! So "hello" to everyone who is just now discovering my little blog thanks for "Freshly Pressed." I … [Read more...]

Announcing my Day1 “Key Voices” Blog

I'm happy to announce that I am now blogging for the "Key Voices" blog of the Day1 website. Day1 is the website for a syndicated radio show, hosted by my Facebook friend Peter Wallace, that is sponsored by a consortium of mainline Protestant churches. The website describes its mission this way: "Through sermons, blogs, and video & audio resources, Day1 proclaims a passionate faith for thinking people." The Key Voices section of the website feature a variety of bloggers, most of whom are … [Read more...]

Goals for this blog

It's probably going to be another four or five months before The Big Book of Christian Mysticism is finished. In the meantime, as has been true for the past few months, this blog will continue to suffer from a benign neglect. However, I've been thinking about where I want to take the blog once I have the time to focus on it more fully and regularly.No major changes of course — as this blog's welcome widget states, it will continue to be "all about Christian mysticism, Celtic wisdom, interfaith … [Read more...]