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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Explore online James Hillman's therapy of ideas

Thomas Moore participates in Pacifica Graduate Institute's online program, James Hillman and a Therapy of Ideas curated by Jennifer Selig. It is limited to 15 registrants.

“My goal is to create a therapy of ideas, to try to bring in new ideas, so that we can see the same old patterns differently.”  
James Hillman  

The inaugural series includes:
1. Introduction: A Therapy of Ideas Glen Slater, PhD
2. Psychotherapy Joseph Coppin, PhD
3. War Ipek S. Burnett, PhD
4. Psyche and Eros Safron Rossi, PhD
5. Dreams Stephen Aizenstat, PhD
6. Psychology and Religion Thomas Moore, PhD

Twelve Week Program (Six Weeks Online)
August 29 – November 20, 2016
$475 General Admission
$425 Special Admission
(Full-time Students, Pacifica Alumni, Seniors)
$395 Active Pacifica Students

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Moore encourages everyone to become bigger

During the panel discussion Meeting Fear with Love Wednesday night at Omega Institute, Thomas Moore and Elizabeth Lesser answer a question about humility and leadership. Moore's response addresses the need for everyone, not just leaders, to become bigger people. He encourages everyone to become bigger in vision, imagination and community participation. He suggests the only way to be humble is to be big. Anything else is going to be a defense against bigness. "If your humility is a defense, anxiety about being big is not real."

This echoes Moore's recent Patheos blog, "Circling" about Emerson's essay:
"Emerson sees the circling in life as an opportunity to bounce to another circle, transcending the self of the first circle. Not growth, but a leap to another sphere, a different circle, not going up a graded stairway to heaven but catapulting across to a new world. The difference is crucial. Here are his words [emphasis added]:  “The heart refuses to be imprisoned; in its first and narrowest pulses it already tends outward with a vast force and to immense and innumerable expansions.” 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Register now for Moore's 3-part video course

Contemplative Journal adds payment by credit card to its PayPal option for its 3-part video course through Ruzuku with Thomas Moore. This on-demand course, The Contemplative Soul: Developing a More Soulful Life using Contemplative Practices, is available Monday 15 August, 2016. The description includes two bonuses with the course:
— A downloadable workbook will accompany the video series.
— Thomas Moore will personally answer your questions via email for one week after the launch of the video series.

Watch yesterday's short video of Moore describing the course on Contemplative Journal's Facebook page.

Barque coverage 
5 July 2016 "Video series about contemplation starts August 15"

Monday, July 11, 2016

Moore high on list of spiritually influential leaders

Contemplative Journal reminds us that Thomas Moore is number 27 on Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2016. Moore moves up the list one spot from number 28 in 2015. In 2014 he was number 85.

Three main criteria for inclusion are:
1) The person has to be alive as of January 1st, 2016;
2) The person has made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale;
3) The person is frequently searched and actively talked about on the Internet.

Moore offers a 3-part online video course with Contemplative Journal starting 15 August 2016: The Contemplative Soul: Developing a More Soulful Life Using Contemplative Practices. Register now.
Cost: $29.99 US
A downloadable workbook will accompany the video series.
Thomas Moore will personally answer participants' questions via email for one week after the launch of the video series.

Barque coverage
17 Apr 2015 "Moore's influence grows among spiritual leaders"
8 Oct 2014 "Moore is among most spiritually influential in 2014"

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The soul "expands another orbit on the great deep"

Thomas Moore writes "Circling" for his Soul & Spirit blog at Patheos in which he talks about Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay Circles (1841).

Moore writes, "We live in circles, even if we prefer the illusion that we are a series of straight lines. Evolution, personal and social, is a stone falling into a still lake. Sometimes the circle feels as if we are chasing our tail, what the old magus called uroboros, the snake that eats its tail. It’s frustrating because, believers in straight lines, we think we’re getting nowhere. But read Emerson’s essay. Circling is the path to self-discovery."

Moore shares:
"I also remember my dear friend James Hillman who always recommended staying with or in the circumstances that are difficult, instead of trying to find a way out of them. He didn’t mean to surrender or succumb but to find a way through life’s challenge. Then you are not escaping or denying or avoiding.

Often, when I mention the beauty of circling, someone will say, “I’m all right with spirals.” Well, of course. Spirals get you somewhere. They are straight lines with circles around them. But they are not circles." 
Moore states, "The feeling of being stuck and going around in a circle may be maddening but it’s the perfect preparation for the kind of advancement that Emerson describes. All right, it’s not really advancement and yet it is a positive development." This positive development is transformation.
"The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul. For it is the inert effort of each thought, having formed itself into a circular wave of circumstance, as for instance an empire, rules of an art, a local usage, a religious rite, to heap itself on that ridge and to solidify and hem in the life. But if the soul is quick and strong it bursts over that boundary on all sides and expands another orbit on the great deep, which also runs up into a high wave, with attempt again to stop and to bind. But the heart refuses to be imprisoned; in its first and narrowest pulses it already tends outward with a vast force and to immense and innumerable expansions." 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles

Free registration for Moore's video event at Omega

During Thomas Moore's retreat week program at Omega Institute, he'll participate in a Livestream presentation, Meeting Fear with Love with Omega co-founder Elizbether Lesser on Wednesday 13 July, 2016. You may register for FREE access to this online video event and will receive notification and a reminder via email.

NOTE: This page states start time is 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Course: WB16E
Teachers: Thomas Moore, Elizabeth Lesser

"Join best-selling author of Care of the Soul Thomas Moore and Omega co-founder Elizabeth Lesser for a discussion on how we each can harness the power of love to cut through the paralysis of fear — both personal fear and the collective fear that is so present in today's world."

Barque coverage
20 Apr 2016 "Register to watch Moore's panel at Omega Institute"

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Listen to podcast of 4 July interview with Moore

Listen to the podcast of Layla Ashley interviewing Thomas Moore on 4 July 2016 for The Inspire Me Show. In this 57-minute audio recording Moore talks about imagination, mystery, the ordinarily sacred, technology, soul and his translation of GOSPEL The Book of Matthew. He also shares themes in his future book, Aging with Soul (St. Martin's Press) to be released next year.

This program is made available through KPFK Public Radio – Online Archives for a limited time.

Find a deep place within, calmer and full of vitality

Copper Beech Institute updates information about Thomas Moore's weekend retreat Tapping into the Soul’s Depths: Finding Personal Strength, Inner Guidance and Purpose Through Soulful Living from Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November, 2016. Tuition is $250 US plus accommodations.
 The retreat description includes:
"We will explore three key benefits of a soulful life: inner guidance, confidence, and a soulful lifestyle. You will get a fresh, new, soul-centered angle on life as well as the tools to work out obstacles from the past like childhood conflicts, negative religious influences and feelings of personal inadequacy." 
IDEAL for all levels including beginners.

Copper Beech Institute
Phone: 860.760.9750 | Fax: 860.521.1929
303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, Connecticut 06107

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Video series about contemplation starts August 15

Contemplative Journal hosts a 3-part video series about soul-centered contemplation with Thomas Moore starting Monday 15 August, 2016. The series is $29.95 on Ruzuku and must be paid through Paypal.

Part I Soulful Contemplation: The Basics – It’s important to tap into the soul when practicing the contemplative life, and Moore will explore the basics of the soul in video one.
Part II  Practicing Dream & Art – A practice of dream work can help one reach the level of depth needed for a soul-oriented contemplative life. Closely related are the images of art. Moore will unpack these concepts in his second video.
Part III A Contemplative Way of Life – Contemplative practices are one thing, but a seriously contemplative way of life is another. Moore breaks down tangible, everyday contemplative practices to deepen one’s soulful life.

Bonuses include:
*A downloadable workbook with the video series.
*Thomas Moore will personally answer participants' questions via email for one week after the launch of the series.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

5th annual James Hillman Symposium in October

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture hosts The 5th Annual James Hillman Symposium on Friday 28 October and Saturday 29 October, 2016. This year's theme is Alchemical Psychology:
“It is not the literal return to alchemy that is necessary but a restoration of the alchemical mode of imagining. For in that mode we restore matter to our speech – and that is our aim: the restoration of imaginative matter, not of literal alchemy."
— James Hillman, Alchemical Psychology 
Thomas Moore is a featured speaker at this event and a Fellow of the Dallas Institute.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our diaita* needs to nourish body, soul and spirit

Read "The Soul Diet" by Thomas Moore at Patheos. In this blog post he explores our associations with food and eating. Moore states:
"Maybe weight loss isn’t just about exercise and kind of food we eat. Maybe it’s about how we are in life, again what mythology underlies our approach to everything. I have the fantasy that some people can’t lose weight because they, men and women, are habitually maternal in their relationships. A pregnant woman gains weight for the new being in her; maybe we maternal types keep weight on for the same reason. The more the mother complex dominates, the more difficult it is to lose weight. We 'mothers' diet strenuously, but maybe we really need to explore other ways to be in the world." 
He stresses, "A human being is made up of body, soul and spirit, all overlapping and mutually dependent elements. Any diet that doesn’t take all three into consideration is not a diet for humans but for soulless bodies. If that’s the situation, there isn’t much chance for a healthy outcome."

*Diet, from Greek diaita, originally "way of life"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Less emphasis on believing, more focus on relating

Join Thomas Moore for one week next month at Omega Institute to explore A Religion of One’s Own: Creating a Spirituality of the Heart.
When: July 10-15, 2016
Location: Rhinebeck, NY
Course: SM16-2805-600
Tuition: $475
"Through engaging discussions, meditations, and exercises, you examine ways to develop and maintain an engaged inner life, infused with a greater sense of purpose, meaning, and reflection. Learn to integrate more contemplation, transcendence, and spiritual practice into your everyday world. Address fundamental questions and face today’s unique personal and global challenges with a creative approach that emphasizes a true spirituality of the heart." 
This program is part of Omega's Retreat Week.

Barque coverage
20 Apr 2016 "Register to watch Moore's panel at Omega Institute"
9 Nov 2015 "Omega Institute hosts Thomas Moore in July, 2016"

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Moore explores aging with soul in new workshop

Before St. Martin's Press publishes Thomas Moore's new book Aging with Soul in 2017, Moore offers a weekend workshop at Kripalu Center on this theme, Aging with Soul from 18 November to 20 November, 2016 with Nancy Slonim Aronie.

Two recent blog posts by Moore with Patheos at Soul & Spirit are "The Calm Terrorist" and "Deep Religion with a Touch of Atheism".

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Do you dream of bondage or have power issues?

Thomas Moore updates his Soul & Spirit blog at Patheos with today's post "Of Human Bondage" that refers to a passage in his book, Dark Eros: The Imagination of Sadism (1990). His response to the quoted passage includes:
"Today we wonder why employees go berserk and shoot their employers or fellow workers or why students shoot up our schools. It makes no sense. Why these places where such good things are happening?  But of course these very places are scenes of bondage and cutting criticism every day.
I like to distinguish between sadistic and Sadean. Sadean is simply the law of life by which we suffer for our own good and inflict pain on others for their well being. A surgeon and a dentist don’t hesitate to examine and puncture our bodies, though they do try to alleviate the pain as much as possible. Teachers make us read things we’d never read otherwise and take exams and be graded and pay a good price for it all.
But this Sadeian aspect of every part of life can easily slip over into excessive, unnecessary and punitive suffering. Teachers, parents and even doctors can lose sight of what they’re doing and become sadistic, satisfying some deep urge in themselves to inflict pain. Each of us has to be alert to this tendency to become the source of pain that appears when we have gone too far, crossed a line, and moved from otherwise creative and acceptable suffering to actual cruelty."
U.S. elections
Moore cautions, "I’m writing this at a time of national elections. Here, too, we have to be cautious lest our natural and creative instinct to subject ourselves to a good leader slips into a masochistic desire to be manipulated. We might enjoy hearing a candidate express his tough intentions because neurotically we feel a need to be controlled and perhaps abused. These issues are so subtle that they can be in full bloom without our ever suspecting them."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mark's gospel stories full of mystery and fantasy

In his recent Patheos blog post, "Our Father in the Sky", Thomas Moore writes about his forthcoming The Book of Mark, published by Skylight Paths, available 1 October 2016:
"I have just finished my final revision of the Book of Mark and found the work even more exciting than Matthew. I discover new ideas every day in bold, imaginative theologians and literary critics. But as I write, I try to keep my own vision in mind and in the forefront. I’m speaking more about the commentary than the translation.

Mark has so much mystery and fantasy in his stories that I can’t wait to see my English version of his magical vision in print. Maybe that sounds rather egocentric, but it’s more the excitement of a translator. Translating can be a deeply fulfilling activity. The focus is on words, and if you love words, as I do, you enjoy shaping your words so that the original text can sing."
Pre-order now through

GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone
Author: Thomas Moore
Length: 176 pages
SkyLight Paths
October 1, 2016   

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Moore offers fresh gospel translations for our times

Thomas Moores adds the post "Our Father in the Sky" to his blog Soul & Spirit at Patheos in which he describes translating the four gospels published by Skylight Paths Publishing in Vermont. GOSPEL The Book of Matthew is available now. A manuscript for The Book of Mark is complete. Moore writes:
"I had two primary goals in translation: one, to put certain key terms into fresh English words that I consider more accurately reflect the Greek terms and the spirit of the gospel; and two, to use simple, graceful, flowing English that is neither at all archaic sounding nor too modern colloquial.
It would take too many words to describe the gist of my approach, but let me just say that you won’t find certain familiar words, such as heaven, sin, truth or repent, or phrases such as raise the dead or even heal the sick."
Readers may also enjoy Moore's book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels (2009) published by Hay House.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Read Moore's initial blog posts at Patheos today

Today Thomas Moore inaugurates his blog, Soul & Spirit at Patheos with three posts:
"I’ve Been Called the “Soul Man” — Hello!"
"Genius Loci"
"Do Monks Have Sex?"

His introduction includes influences, teachers and traditions that infuse his views. He writes: "... I learn from the Gospels to use friendship at all its levels as the basis for interactions. I write from a beating heart and a fully engaged mind, aiming for words that are neither too heady nor too emotional. I hope to show you some of the portals to the holy that I have discovered in my life and in my studies, and I’d like to portray as well as I can how to live a life that is teeming with both soul and spirit."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Thomas Moore in Seattle, WA this October

Seattle First Baptist Church and Elliott Bay Book Company co-sponsor Thomas Moore's evening at the church starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday 24 October, 2016 to talk about Aging with Soul. Scroll down this linked page for confirmation of this free event.

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98122

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Moore offers "Finding ground for your spirituality"

If you plan to be near Manchester, Connecticut on Saturday 11 June, 2016 register now for Thomas Moore's free lecture and discussion Finding Ground for Your Spirituality, starting at 7:00 p.m. This opportunity is presented by Saint Francis Hospital's Pastoral Counseling Training Program under the direction of Dr. Marcus M. McKinney.


153 West Vernon St.
Manchester, CT 06040.
Rev. Josh Pawelek, Pastor
To register please call (860) 646-5151 to leave your name and contact information. Seating is limited.

Barque coverage
8 Mar 2016 "Meet Thomas Moore in Manchester CT, June 11"

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thomas Moore to write new column at Patheos

This week in his Wake Up column at Patheos, "A 10-step guide to being 'spiritual but not religious'" Tom Rapsas shares Thomas Moore's keys for practising a religion of one's own. Moore initially posted these points on his own blog as "A Religion of One's Own", on 9 September 2013. According to Rapsas and Patheos, Thomas Moore soon writes a column called Soul & Spirit in its Spirituality Channel.

"If you are one of the many who consider themselves 'spiritual but not religious', this book is a must-read as it lays out a blueprint by which you can develop your own spiritual practice. This is important because if you are truly serious about your spirituality, a regular routine can enrich your spiritual awareness and strengthen your faith. This practice doesn’t just replace religion, it becomes your religion and an integral part of your life."
— Tom Rapsas

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Gospels show us how to live deeply and lovingly

"My intention ... is to release the Gospels from their narrow confinements and show how valuable they are today to anyone at all looking for insight into how to live deeply and lovingly." — Thomas Moore 
The Hingham Journal posts "Thomas Moore to speak May 12" for readers to attend Thomas Moore's free presentation at Glastonbury Abbey on Thursday 12 May starting at 7:15 p.m. He talks about his new book GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis in the Morcone Center, formerly the Glastonbury Abbey Conference Center, 20 Hull St., Hingham, Massachusetts. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Glastonbury Abbey hosts Thomas Moore, May 12

Editor's Note: New start time.
On Thursday 12 May 2016, from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meet Thomas Moore at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Moore's latest book is GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone.

"He will discuss his new book GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary. With brand new language, Moore highlights a powerful call for change. The Gospels are often read as moralistic codes that produce guilt and fear. As a result of this strict perception, the use of these texts has often been limited to a Christian audience. However, the Gospels have a message for anyone interested in enriching their lives. Moore offers the Gospels as a passport to a way for the future — not a belief system or a church or a religion, but a way of being in the world, open and accepting." Glastonbury Abbey May Newsletter

Abbey Conference Center
Glastonbury Abbey
16 Hull Street
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
Contact: 781-749-2155 ext. 300

Barque coverage
19 Apr 2016 Enjoy Benedictine hospitality with Thomas Moore

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Moore talks of spirit, soul, religion, trust, nature

Watch Bonnie Bright, founder of Depth Psychology Alliance and a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, interview Thomas Moore: Spirit, Soul, and the Secular for the Institute. This half-hour Skype video, uploaded 23 March 2016, touches on shared interests and key ideas in Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own.

In the blog post related to this video, Bright writes, "I felt a growing realization as Thomas talked about being human, a reminder that the root of the word human is related to humus which is related to the earth itself. There is no “inside” and “outside,” just as Thomas said. Everything is connected. When I mentioned this to him, he reminded me that James Hillman, with whom Moore was friends for 38 years, believed that soul is in everything."

Barque coverage
17 Mar 2016 "Moore: "We are suffering from our secularism"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Register to watch Moore's panel at Omega Institute

While at Omega Institute for his workshop A Religion of One's Own during retreat week, July 10-15, 2016, Thomas Moore participates in the panel discussion Meeting Fear with Love on Wednesday 13 July:
"Fear can sink our dreams and shrink our lives. It can bring out the worst in us. It can make us sick. But what is the antidote?
Join best-selling author of Care of the Soul Thomas Moore, prolific author and activist Andrew Harvey, and Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser for a discussion on how we each can harness the power of love to cut through the paralysis of fear — both personal fear and the collective fear that is so present in today's world."
Register now to watch this Live Streaming video event by clicking the linked page for the panel discussion.
This live video event starts at 6:00 p.m. EST and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST. It will be archived and available for on-demand viewing.

Play golf with Moore in Ireland this September

Specialty Golf Trips offers Golf with a Soul Retreat from Monday 12 September to Saturday 17 September, 2016 with Thomas Moore in South West Ireland. This event includes stops at:
Waterville Links
Tralee Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club

For more information email:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Enjoy Benedictine hospitality with Thomas Moore

Glastonbury Abbey hosts a Meet Thomas Moore evening on Thursday 12 May 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Abbey Conference Center.
Contact: 781 749-2155 ext. 300
for information.
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Glastonbury Abbey
16 Hull Street
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043

Share a day with Thomas Moore in New York City

Thomas Moore offers two half-day workshops at New York Open Center on Saturday 4 June, 2016.

Care of the Soul in Practice 
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Members: $50 / Nonmembers: $75
"Care of the soul is a process that unveils the deep originality of a life and personality. In this workshop, which celebrates 25 years since the publication of Care of the Soul, we look for ways to be responsive and creative in the process of becoming a real person capable of creative work and loving relationships."

The Hidden Plot: The Deep Narrative of Your Life 
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Members: $50 / Nonmembers: $75
"It helps to know the hidden plot because it shows where you are heading and the obstacles that tend to block your progress. The hidden plot offers deeper self-knowledge. This workshop helps you understand how the hidden plot works in general and how in particular it plays a role in your life."

New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street,
New York City,  New York 10016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Open to the mysteries without need for explanation

Listen to Thomas Moore deeply respond to Tami Simon's questions in their conversation Standing for the Spiritual, in a Secular World dated Sunday 10 April, 2016. Moore has worked with Simon's company Sounds True on a variety of projects over a long period of time — Sounds True recently released Moore's 6-CD learning program, A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life. Simon addresses this program's themes while also asking questions based on Moore's recent book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Moore talks about:
— articulating where you are before making a major change
— spirituality as transcending what we can see, measure or control
— living in a broad range of time, not just "now"
— knowing the necessity of betrayal/ transgression to mature
— the Jesus teaching to love people not in your circle
— the courage to take a stand

This podcast is approximately 68 minutes.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Embrace aging as a natural process with insights

Thomas Moore teams up with Nancy Slonim Aronie to present the weekend program Aging with Soul at Kripalu Center, from Friday Nov. 18 to Sunday Nov. 20, 2016. According to the description:
"No matter how old — or young — you are, there’s still time to transform the way you think about aging. Getting older can be a soul-changing experience, a lifelong journey of discovery in which you move toward greater fulfillment and self-realization. This weekend, we look at aging in a whole new light, and discover it can be so much more than merely piling up the years and the physical changes they bring. Thomas Moore’s paradigm-shifting teachings, based on his forthcoming book, Aging with Soul, are enhanced by writer and NPR commentator Nancy Slonim Aronie, who offers evocative writing prompts and shares poetry by Peggy Freydberg, who began writing poems at age 90."
"This multigenerational workshop is for everyone; bring your parents or adult children. When you cultivate both the spirit of youth and the advantages of getting older, you benefit in every aspect of your life."
Tuition: $275.00
Cost for room and meals is based on your accommodation selection.

"Recognize aging as a process through which you become a more interesting, emotionally intelligent, sensitive, wiser, and more creative person."

Friday, April 01, 2016

Listen to A Personal Spirituality excerpt with Moore

Sounds True offers Thomas Moore's 6-CD audio program A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life in which Moore's conversational style invites listeners to consider their own religious unfolding.

Listen to this brief excerpt "The Paradox of Modern Religion", chosen as a Producer's Pick by those working with Moore on this project.

Order this program now:
6-CD set (33% off): $46.86 US
Audio Download (25% off): $36.72 US

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Child in the manger may be most radical reformer

Following publication of Thomas Moore's forthcoming Gospel: The Book of Matthew this year, is his new offering The Soul of Christmas to be released 30 September 2016. It may be pre-ordered now.

Moore "looks the Gospels, both canonical and non-canonical, comparing them to archetypal stories and ancient myths in order to understand his own beliefs and to gaze in wonder at the Holy Child. Christmas, says Moore, belongs to everyone. It has meaning only as a plan for the entire human race. Christmas shouldn’t be sentimentalized or turned into consumer frenzy: 'The child lying in the manger is perhaps the most radical of all spiritual reformers.'"

Format: Hardcover
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Release: September 30, 2016
ISBN-10: 1632531208
ISBN-13: 978-1632531209
Price: $19.99 US
"The Christ Child reminds us of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving, and community. Christmas also offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts. 'If we could but mix just a small measure of the child’s naïveté with an intelligent appreciation of the traditional Christmas symbols, myths, and images,' Moore asserts, 'we might be surprised at the profundity.' The enchantment of Christmas is a taste of what is possible if human beings could really love each other. The infant in the manger symbolizes new life, the potential all human beings have to be a new kind of being dedicated to agape, a love of the other — whoever that 'other' may be."

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Save 25% on The Book of Matthew: order by April 4

Order Thomas Moore's Gospel:The Book of Matthew by April 4, 2016 to save 25% of the regular price.
Regular price for this new hardcover book: $19.99
Pre-order by April 4 price: $14.99

Use Coupon Code MATTHEW25 at Checkout

 Gospel: The Book of Matthew,
a new translation with commentary:
“In my translation there is no suggestion that readers should believe in anything, join an organization, or abandon their cherished religious and philosophical ideals. I see no reason why a Christian, an agnostic, a Buddhist, or even an atheist would not be charmed and inspired by the Gospels. Anyone can freely and without any worries read the Gospels and be enriched.”
— from the Introduction to Gospel

"...  His translation is fresh, clear and inviting, and his commentary, enlightening and sometimes surprising.”
— George W. E. Nickelsburg, professor emeritus, University of Iowa

Meet Thomas Moore in London UK, 19 June 2016

Attend a full day workshop with Thomas Moore in London, England on Sunday 19 June 2016. Alternatives hosts Moore's program, How to Live a Soulful Life:
"It isn’t enough to have an active spiritual life. The deep soul is also important, where we tend deep relationships, a sense of home and belonging, an awareness of the poetics of ordinary life and its layers of meaning. A soulful life expresses our humanity and individuality. It’s a life of attachments, bonds, loves and the struggles involved in all of these. This deep soul serves as a solid human base for a creative and visionary spirituality. The soul advances through loss and failure as well as learning and experience. There can be no real wisdom without a soulful perspective on life." 
Heythrop College
23 Kensington Square,
London W8 5HN
United Kingdom

This event requires a ticket. Buy online from the linked page:
Standard fee: £65 Concessions: £50

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Moore: "We are suffering from our secularism"

Today Bonnie Bright, founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, shares "Spirit, Soul, and the Secular: An Interview with Thomas Moore" on Pacifica Graduate Institute's site. Bright writes:
"In his most recent book, A Religion of One’s Own, Thomas shares some ways to tap back into a sense of spirituality. When the topic arose, I asked Thomas his opinion about the role of formal religion, which seems to be waning in our modern world.

Tom surmises that existing institutions, including religions, need to be re-imagined to suit our times. His definition of religion is a 'creative and concrete response to the Mysteries.' Religion is not just an idea or belief, he insists, nor is it about perfecting ourselves. It’s about our relationship to the Mysterious 'other.'"
Listen to the interview (approximately 33 minutes) by clicking the link at the bottom of the Institute post.

Moore speaks at the Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas conference, April 21 to April 24, 2016 celebrating Pacifica’s 40th anniversary. This conference is full and registration is now closed. Call Pacifica's Public Programs Department at 805 969-3626, ext. 103 to be added to the wait list.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Audio program deepens a religion of one's own

On his Facebook page for A Religion of One's Own, Thomas Moore writes:
"I consider A Religion of One's Own one of my major books, along with Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul. Some people are apparently turned off by the word "religion," as though I were propping up failed institutions. A Russian man I met last October told me I had to use the word "religion," because the book is a re-working of that idea. I wonder if the book is a little ahead of its time, since people everywhere are looking for an alternative to religion as they've known it but can't imagine going out on their own. I'm almost finished listening to the audio program from Sounds True, A Personal Spirituality. I find that it fills in what is unspoken, unwritten in the book."

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Meet Thomas Moore in Manchester CT, June 11

You are invited to a free lecture and discussion with Thomas Moore on Saturday 11 June 2016, 7:00 p.m.: Finding Ground for Your Spirituality.
This evening is presented by:
Pastoral Counseling Training Program
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Dr. Marcus M. McKinney, Director

It will be held at:
Unitarian Universalist Society: East
153 Vernon St. West
Manchester, Connecticut
Rev. Josh Pawelek, Pastor

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