mossJohn Philip Newell

jpn460_345John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is currently Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico. John Philip is a Church of Scotland minister with a fresh vision for a modern harmony between the great spiritual traditions of humanity.John Philip is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. He has authored more than 15 books on the subject including his best known titles Listening for the Heartbeat of God: a Celtic Spirituality (1997), Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer (2000) and Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation (2008).John Philip Newell QuoteHis most recent publications are  A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul (2011), Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace (2011) and a poetic book of prayer, Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter(2012), on which he collaborated with the Jewish artist Tobi Kahn. His forthcoming work, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings, will be published in the spring of 2014.

Canadian by birth, John Philip lives in Edinburgh with his family where he undertook his doctoral research in Celtic Christianity. Since then he has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic in the re-birthing of a creation-centered spirituality for contemporary society. He is co-founder of Heartbeat (

In 2011, he received the first Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC, for his work in the field of spirituality and peacemaking.

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“Rebirthing the Divine”

The Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul

For years, John Philip Newell has been teaching the sacredness of all being. In “Rebirthing the Divine,” he will ask what the world in general―and Christianity in particular―would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth again, but in radically new ways. He will challenge us to ask what Christianity’s blessing for the world could be if there were to be such a fresh birth from deep within.  “Rebirthing the Divine” will explore the major features of this re-birth: our sacred reconnection with the earth, our reverence for the wisdom of other religious traditions and our commitment to living a life filled with peace, compassion and love.

Those attending the conference will leave with a vision of the possibilities for a new, vibrant spirituality in our lives and in our communities, a spirituality that will appeal to traditional Christians as well as those unaffiliated with any traditional religious practice.