A Perspective on the Peacemaking Retreat

I know a lot of folks have asked me to post on the Celtic Spirituality, Contemplation and Peacemaking retreat that took place in Northern Ireland last month. And I'm sorry that I've done nothing more than upload a few photographs. To be honest, I've been engaged in an exciting project that I'm not quite at liberty to mention on my blog just yet. Let's just say it involves my next book, and if all goes as hoped, it will be published in the very near future. More details to come as soon as I am … [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...]

Chants from the Benedictine Monks of Rostrevor

When I was in Northern Ireland, I stayed at a retreat center in Rostrevor, in County Down. Just four miles down the road is Holy Cross Monastery, which according to its website is the first new Benedictine monastery in Ireland since the twelfth century! It was established in 1998, and currently is home to six monks. I attended lauds there one morning, and mass on Sunday; nearly all the locals who spoke of the monastery mentioned that the monks sang beautifully, and indeed they were … [Read more...]

Photos from Northern Ireland

The only camera I had with me on my recent trip to Northern Ireland was my iPhone camera. So I didn't take a lot of pictures, and the ones I did take will hardly win any awards. Eventually the various retreatants are going to be swapping photos amongst ourselves, so hopefully I'll have a few more shots to share with you in the future. But for now, here are a few images from a most remarkable week. … [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...]

Itinerary for Northern Ireland Retreat

Here is a tentative outline for the Contemplative Spirituality and Social Activism Retreat to take place in Northern Ireland this August. While some of the details are still subject to change, this will give you an idea of just how special this week is going to be. Remember, there are just a few openings left for this week — please let me or my colleague Gareth Higgins know if you're interested in attending.Tuesday, August 17th: Arrivals in the morning and afternoon Programme begins with d … [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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