Presence and Process

“After a long and gradual arc of creeping disillusionment with the form of evangelical church I was experiencing, and having listened to thousands of sermons, engaged in countless Bible studies and attended dozens of ‘life-changing’ seminars, I came to a point of asking ‘Is this it? Is this all there is?’ I was profoundly dissatisfied with the lack of spiritual depth and maturity I saw in myself and in my church peers, including our leaders. Consuming Bible lessons, singing heart-felt… Read more

Today is the day that Presence and Process begins shipping from Amazon.  Yay! Order Here: https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Process-Transf…/…/1594980411 “In Presence and Process, Daniel Coleman has created a unique and useful synthesis–showing how a convergence of perennialism, process theology and mysticism (Christian, Buddhist and Quaker) could have a profound role in fostering spiritual formation in this postmodern, post-Christendom age.  This is a pioneering work of practical theology.” – FR. RICHARD ROHR, author of The Divine Dance, Everything Belongs and What the Mystics Know Read more

Amazon is listing ‘Presence and Process’ as the #1 new release in Quaker Christianity.   https://www.amazon.com/Presence-Process-Transformative-Inclusive-Community/dp/1594980411/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1500957579&sr=8-6&keywords=presence+and+process Read more

My book, Presence and Process, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It ships August 1st. Read more

Quakers and Sufis and…

“Move beyond any attachment to names. Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names. It’s such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there’s a long table of companionship, set and waiting for us to sit down. What is praised is One, so the praise is one too, many jugs being poured into a huge basin. All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight… Read more

Presence and Process is off to the printers!

I spent some quality telephone time yesterday with the publisher, going over last minute odds and ends before my book Presence and Process goes off to the printers today. It will make its first public appearance on July 24th at the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends in Newberg, OR.  Yay! Read more

Flat-Earthers

A friend told me a while back that members of his family–people I know–have become flat-earthers. And just yesterday I saw a story in the Denver Post newspaper about groups of flat-earthers who meet regularly. Contrary to what the Denver Post headline says however, the flat-earthers are not being persecuted, merely ridiculed (and, I think, the belief in a flat earth in the 21st century is worthy of a certain degree of ridicule). What fascinates me most about this is… Read more

Spiritual Gifts

Many years ago, as a member of the leadership team at our charismatic Christian church, I was granted an audience with a bona fide prophet.  This was the late-1980’s and Bob Jones, one of the “Kansas City Prophets,” had come to visit our church.  The Kansas City Prophets (which would be a great name for an alt-rock band) were a group of men who came to prominence in the charismatic Christian subculture and who propagated a theological doctrine called “Latter… Read more

Miracles

I spent 20+ years as a charismatic Christian. We not only believed in miracles (such as miraculous physical healings, resurrections, controlling the weather, etc.) but we prayed for them all the time. I was part of a “ministry team” trained to do this stuff. The thing is, if I’m honest, I can’t say I ever saw anything that was really and truly miraculous. We heard lots of stories–lots of anecdotes about someone who knew someone who experienced something–and we accepted… Read more

Intention

In my studies of Buddhism I’ve been learning about the importance of intention. You could say that examining intention is at the root of Buddhist morality. I want to do this thing. Why do I want to do this thing? What is the intention behind my desire to do this thing? Is it selfishness? Is it craving? Am I trying to fill a void with this thing rather than examine the void? Am I angry? Jealous? Insecure? Afraid? According to… Read more

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