Images from the Wild Goose Festival

I'm home from the Wild Goose Festival. What an amazing experience it was!Hopefully I'll find the time sometime soon to write about the experience. But in the meantime, here are a few photos to give you a glimpse of the experience. The first two photos I took using my iPhone; the other two are courtesy of conference attendee Christine M. Anderson. … [Read more...]

Forty-Two Inches

Gareth Higgins (the man who is bringing us the Wild Goose Festival) stayed at our  house earlier this week. He was in town for the the 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation. Yesterday morning before leaving, he teased me a bit. Noting that we have in our otherwise rather modestly appointed home a 42" flat screen television, he asked me how a "hippie Christian" like me could have such a blatantly materialistic object.Without thinking, I became defensive, and I'm afraid to say, rather … [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 Wild Goose Festival

I had dinner with Gareth Higgins Monday evening. Gareth is my colleague on the Northern Ireland Celtic Spirituality & Nonviolence retreat; he is from Ulster and has been engaged in the Northern Ireland peace process for many years. But he moved to America a few years back and now lives in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, where his wife is in graduate school. These days, aside from his writing and work leading retreats, he has an even bigger project on his plate: he's the director … [Read more...]

Northern Ireland and you

Just a reminder, my friends: if you are interested in participating in the Celtic Spirituality and Radical Activism Retreat in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, we need to know today. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest, and we'll be in touch.The tentative itinerary for the trip can be found here. This will not be a "tourism" experience, but rather a true retreat: we'll be preparing meals together, spending our mornings engaged in spiritual exercises such as lectio divina, centering … [Read more...]

Celtic Spirituality and Radical Activism: August 17-24, 2010

I’m excited to announce that Gareth Higgins and I plan to co-facilitate a Contemplative Spirituality and Social Action Immersion Week in Gareth’s home of northern Ireland this August — yes, you read that right: this August. I've just signed on, to replace another presenter who due to unforeseen circumstances has had to bow out. There are only a few places left in this program, which is intentionally being limited to less than 30 participants.So maybe this is an invitation for you.Here's wha … [Read more...]


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