Three Video Clips: Speaking of Mysticism in Portland, OR

Here are three brief excerpts from a talk I gave in Portland, OR, in October 2010 on the topic of Christian mysticism. They were filmed and produced by Cathy Zheutlin of Holy Rascals — a media company that produces videos and webinars for the spiritually adventurous. In the first one, I tell an amusing story of one of my monastic mentors, Father Anthony, who gave me some grief about the difficulty of defining the word "mysticism"...So in this next video, I offer less of a "definition" of … [Read more...]

Thank you Portland!

I'm back in Atlanta after a dizzying five-day trip to the great Pacific Northwest. While in Portland, OR, I spoke and signed books at the New Renaissance Bookshop, Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, and Sts. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church. I also enjoyed lunch and conversation with members of the Muslim community at a mid-day event sponsored by the Muslim Educational Trust. The entire weekend was put together by Chuck Cooper of Spiritus Abbey and the Institute for Progressive … [Read more...]

Final Tweaks to my Portland Itinerary

By this time tomorrow I'll be at the Atlanta airport preparing to board my flight to Portland, OR. Thanks to Chuck Cooper and the Institute for Progressive Spirituality for arranging my travel plans and itinerary while in Portland.As always seems to be the case, we've made a few last minute changes. Here's the itinerary, and all events listed here are open to the public. If you're in the area, I hope I'll see you at one or more of these events.October 28, 2010; 7:00 PM — "Celtic Spirituality … [Read more...]

Talk and Booksigning on October 28…

My schedule for Portland is now complete — I've signed up to do a talk and booksigning at the New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Avenue in Portland, OR, on Thursday, October 28 at 7 PM. My topic will be Celtic Spirituality and Christian Mysticism: One Wisdom, Two Traditions. After I speak I will be available to sign books.If you're in that part of the world, I hope to see you then (as well as Friday and Saturday at the Institute for Progressive Spirituality Conference!). … [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...]

Portland Details are Coming Together

If you live in or near Portland or can easily get there, I'm excited to announce my first event in the great northwest, sponsored by the Institute for Progressive Spirituality. Exact locations are still TBD, but these events will occur in or near Portland, OR:Friday, October 29, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: An evening talk on "The Underlying Stream of Mysticism in the Christian Tradition”Saturday, October 30, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: "Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Spirituality"Morning A … [Read more...]


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