Patheos & the Wild Goose

Today Fran and Rhiannon and I are driving up to North Carolina for the second annual Wild Goose Festival. Will we see you there? We'll be there all day Friday and Saturday and at least part of the day Sunday. I'll be speaking on Celtic Spirituality Saturday evening, and on "Contemplation as a Subversive Act" Sunday morning.Of course, my Internet access will be spotty and confined to my iPhone over the next few days, so I don't anticipate spending much (if any time) on this blog, or Facebook, … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Off to Ireland

Well, dear friends, today I pack my bags and tie up a few loose ends around the house. I'll go visit my dad this afternoon and go to mass tonight. Tomorrow I board a plane to Newark where I'll catch a direct flight to Belfast. I arrive in Northern Ireland on Monday to join Gareth and Erin in our last minute preparations for the Celtic Spirituality and Radical Peacemaking retreat, which begins on Tuesday the 17th.So, my posting here on the blog may be a bit spotty over the next few days. I have … [Read more...]

The Passing of a Pagan Legend

I am sad to learn of the death of Isaac Bonewits yesterday, of cancer, at the age of 60. Isaac was probably the single most influential American in the revival of pagan druidism over the last forty years. He was the founder of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, the druid organization of which I was a member for several years. ADF had a sweeping vision not only for the revival of Celtic paganism, but indeed all of Indo-European paganism, and stressed sound scholarship, accountability, public w … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The idea of memory was very important in Celtic spirituality. There are lovely prayers for different occasions. There are prayers for the hearth, for kindling the fire, and for smooring the  hearth. At night, the ashes were smoored over the burning coals, sealing off the air. The next morning the coals would still be alive and burning. There is also a lovely prayer for the hearth keepers that evokes St. Bridget, who was both a pagan Celtic goddess and a Christian saint. In herself, Bridget … [Read more...]

And what do YOU like to read?

Here's something just for fun — that sheds some light on the reading habits of those who visit my humble website.Scattered throughout this blog and website are links to various books — books I've written, books written by people I've interviewed (like John O'Donohue), or books that I've reviewed, recommended, or otherwise mentioned once or twice. These links take you to Amazon where you can purchase the book — and if you do so, I get a small commission in the form of a credit that I can use at … [Read more...]

Christ of the Celts

Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation By J. Philip Newell San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanOne of the concerns I have about so-called "Celtic Christianity" is that it seems, well, so white. It's spirituality for nice middle-class white folks, who want to feel good about loving nature and embracing a basically liberal theology. I'm not saying that Celtic Christianity is racist so much as it is simply ethnic, rather than catholic (universal). So those misgivings … [Read more...]


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