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Sunday, November 9, 2014

John Philip Newell

newellTheme: The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings
Presentations: 3:00 pm – Reconnecting with the Earth
7:00 pm – Reconnecting with Nonviolence
Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621

The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is an ordained Church of Scotland minister, poet, peacemaker, and scholar. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland and internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, he is Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Born in Canada and educated in Canada and Scotland, he holds a BA degree in English literature from McMaster University, B.D. in Theology and Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from the University of Edinburgh. He has authored 16 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts, and A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul. Newell’s most recent work is The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings (June 2014), from which he will draw for his ASTL presentations.

Newell asks what the world in general–and Christianity in particular–would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways. In the midst of dramatic changes in Western Christianity, he offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and invites us to be part of a new holy birth of sacred living. The book speaks directly to the heart of Christians–those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges–as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor

Dr. Taylor has presented for the ASTL on several occasions. Her most recent book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, was released on April 8. It adds to her long list of books, articles, sermons and other materials which have challenged us to bring the world of spirit to bear on all aspects of our lives. We look forward to having her and will publish the details of her lectures in the coming months. Watch the website and our Facebook page for more information. For more information, go to Dr. Taylor’s website:

Fall, 2015 – Harry T. Cook

Harry T. Cook is an Episcopal priest (retired) and the author of eight books, the latest being What a Friend They Had in Jesus: The Theological Visions of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Hymn Writers (2013, Polebridge Press). His research focuses on Hebrew and Greek texts of the biblical era, their provenance, history and the ideas that emerged from them. His weekly exegetical essays (FINDINGS) have a wide on-line audience. See for listings of Cook’s other works. He is working on a ninth book about Niebuhr’s years in Detroit. Cook lives in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. In retirement a popular lecturer throughout southeastern Michigan, Cook was the religion editor and a columnist at the Detroit Free Press from 1979-1987.

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