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...]

My Schedule in Portland

For my friends on the west coast: here is the schedule for my trip to Portland, OR, the weekend of October 28-31, 2010.Thursday, October 28: Still to be determined; either an evening presentation/booksigning at an area bookstore, or a "beer & theology" event a local pub. I'll post details here as soon as it's worked out.Friday, October 29: 7:00 PM: "The Underlying Stream of Mysticism in the Christian Tradition" St David of Wales Episcopal Church, 2800 SE Harrison, Portland, OR … [Read more...]

Contemplative Programming That Would Interest You

Please take a moment to respond to this poll. I'm looking for insight into what people would like to see in programming offered by a local center for spiritual development. In answering this poll, please only check those items that are sufficiently interesting to you that you would make a real effort to attend. Thank you for your input.[polldaddy poll=2927457] … [Read more...]

The podcast of unknowing

I have recently bought some new gadgets, including a Blue Snowball Microphone and an iPhone. There were many reasons why I got the iPhone, but one of the main features I wanted was the ease by which one can create decent MP3 recordings using, well, just the iPhone. As for the Snowball, it is one of the leading podcast mikes.Yes, I'm thinking about adding audio content to this website. I don't think I'm talking about a full-fledged podcast; I don't see myself creating regular regular recordings … [Read more...]

Richard Rohr at Boulder Integral

Here are a few Youtube videos worth watching, featuring Richard Rohr speaking at an Integral Conference in Boulder last October. I especially love his comments about Karl Rahner's 50-year challenge to the church... … [Read more...]

Mystical Books on

Okay, so here's the kind of thing I do when I have too much time on my hands. This morning I created a book list on, featuring my forthcoming book (yes, of course, this is all about marketing) but also 39 other, far more worthy titles on the subjects of Christian mysticism and contemplative spirituality (like the just-released Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart, pictured to the right). If you are looking to fortify your library of books on this wonderful topic, then follow … [Read more...]