Through meditation, music, and images of nature, we will discover the vision of John Philip Newell in his book The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings. Each month, we will look in-depth at one chapter from the book, as we gather in community as active participants in dialogue, song and dance. Connected by the Celtic elements and the warmth of our hearts, we will search this book and community for our pathways to invite presence. Free; please register.
David Astin is a Plymouth member on a journey. His deeply felt connections to nature make him feel at peace with Celtic traditions and thought. His spiritual practice is deeply connected to the teachings of early Celtic monks, as well as those of John Philip Newell.
Catherine Crooks is Plymouth’s Minister for Congregational Care. Her first pastorate 25 years ago was on the north shore of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. Both of her grandfathers, Crooks and MacLean, hailed from Scotland. The works of J. Philip Newell speak to her Celtic roots and stir her Celtic heart.
Katharine Grant has studied Scots-Gaelic song and language from the Outer Hebrides over the last 25 years. She now leads community singing in the natural voice tradition: “if you can talk, then you can sing.” Many of the songs celebrate nature in ways that particularly suit Celtic Christianity—as if we have come full circle, singing new songs that recall ancient ones.