John Philip Newell
|John 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).His 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 (www.heartbeatjourney.org).
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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