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John Philip Newell lecture

The great spiritual quest of the Western world today is not about belief in God. It is about the experience of God. It is about seeking to encounter Sacredness now—in the earth, in our relationships with one another, and in the simple disciplines of contemplative practice. 

In a Friday night lecture and a Saturday workshop under the auspices of the Shalem Institute, John Philip Newell—drawing on the ancient insights of Celtic Spirituality—will explore a spirituality of intimacy with the natural world, a spirituality that opens to the treasure of other religious traditions, and a spirituality that grounds its commitment to justice in the daily practice of prayer and meditation.  Friday night's talk will include meditative chanting; the Saturday workshop will be more experiential, with silence, meditative practice and small- and large-group sharing.


John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar.  He divides his time between Edinburgh where he does most of his writing and the US where he teaches and preaches across the nation. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. The co-founder of Salva Terra: A Vision Towards Earth’s Healing, he is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality and has authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, and most recently, A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul. In 2011, he received Shalem's Contemplative Voices Award.

For more information or to register, visit the Shalem Institute

Earlier Event: April 28
The Three Worlds
Later Event: May 18
John Philip Newell workshop