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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From April Fool's Day to Earth Day into the future

In last week's e-newsletter, Spirituality & Practice stated that its Tuesday 8 April Facebook post featuring Thomas Moore's tweet from the week earlier had been shared almost 19,000 times and reached 1.1 million people. By today, Earth Day, the post has been shared 20,175 times and "liked" by 1,227 people.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Explore embodiment, sensuality, and the sacred

Thomas Moore joins Sera Beak at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox Massachusetts to present The Mystery of Soul: Embodiment, Sensuality, and the Sacred from Friday 29 August to Monday 1 September, 2014.
 "Lose yourself in the service of love as you explore the mystery of soul in all its uniqueness and embodied sensuality. Join best-selling authors Thomas Moore (Care of the Soul) and Sera Beak (Red, Hot, and Holy), movement and dance guides Dan Leven and Kristi Williamson, and program weaver Maria Sirois to bring forth the sacred spark of divinity within." 
Tuition: $295 U.S.
Accommodation and meals pricing is based on your choice.
Register online now.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Want spiritual health? Don't ingest spiritual junk

Spirituality & Health magazine shares Thomas Moore's column, "Reclaim Your Spiritual Growth", from its March-April 2014 issue. Moore describes signs of spiritual illness and spiritual health. He observes,
"You have a spiritual illness when you feel compelled to convert everyone to your way of thinking. And you are sick when you think that you alone possess the truth and feel disturbed when people don’t agree with you. You are very sick spiritually when your convictions move you to do something hurtful to your children or spouse or some other member of the family. Of course, someone who consciously or unconsciously uses their spiritual values to justify violence and warfare is sick in spirit to the extreme." 
Moore concludes, "Just as you may have to lose some weight to feel better, so you may have to abandon many truths you’ve held sacred for years. Above all, to be spiritually healthy you need to live on a diet of good ideas and excellent ideals. You shouldn’t eat junk food, and you shouldn’t think junk thoughts. "

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thomas Moore in Manchster Center, Vermont

Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont reschedules Thomas Moore's book signing, A Religion of One's Own to Saturday 7 June 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center, Vermont

Barque coverage:
20 Feb 2014 "Moore in Manchester Center Vermont next month"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A possible mantra for our times, "Even now, faith"

Photo credit: Chion Wolf WNPR
Listen to an interview with "Thomas Moore on A Religion of One's Own" by Colin McEnroe on his show with WNPR in Connecticut. The audio file is 50 minutes. This episode's description states:
"Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense — that they need something they're not getting. " 
McEnroe mentions his attraction to one of Moore's favourite artists, Odilon Redon, and weaves James Hillman's ideas into their discussion.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A human lfe has spiritual and soul dimensions

Read a three-page interview with Thomas Moore by Tim Miejan, editor and co-publisher of The Edge an online magazine about holistic living. Moore answers questions about his new book, A Religion of One's Own and shares plans for his next book.

When asked, "What is your sense of the relationship between our current world and religion?" Moore's response includes, "I think the way people get information in the news and other sources gives them the impression that they can go it alone, that they don’t need religion, that science can handle or explain everything and give us our meaning for the future and that it’s going to be a technological future. I think that would be a real shame, because a human life is much more subtle than that. There is a spiritual dimension; there is a soul dimension. I think that’s where we are at the moment, and that’s the importance of the conversation that is developing around a book like mine."


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Create a home environment that supports religion

Rich Fisher with Studio Tulsa interviews Thomas Moore about his new book in  the segment, ”A Religion of One’s Own”. Moore talks about atheism, the mysteries of life, and home-based approaches.
"Our guest is the religious expert, award-winning scholar, prolific author, and psychotherapist Thomas Moore. About twenty years ago, just after he'd stopped living as a monk for a dozen years, Moore published a book called Care of the Soul. This work became a bestseller and, indeed, a widely cherished work of accessible and sincerely reflective self-help-mixed-with-spiritual-discovery. Now comes a sequel of sorts to that classic work, which Moore discusses with us." 
This radio interview, recorded 11 February 2014, is 29 minutes.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Moore discusses favourite themes in interview

The monthly Chronogram, promoting the creative and cultural life of the Hudson Valley, publishes "Thomas Moore: Accounting for the Mysterious" by Susan Piperato in its March issue. This interview talks about Moore's retreat at the Garrison Institute, 31 March to 2 April 2014, and his approaches in his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

Piperato asks Moore: "I’ve heard a lot of lapsed Catholics saying that they feel welcome and hopeful again, which is something they never thought they’d experience. You were brought up Catholic and served in the Servite Order for 12 years. What do you think of Pope Francis?"

Moore responds:
"Well he’s definitely having an impact. I’ve been saying lately that I’ve been waiting most of my life for a pope to come along who could talk more simply and without all that heavy authority and leave room for people to find their own way, not just moralistically thinking—that’s what it means to be religious. But he has been doing that publically and it’s amazing, so here we have a pope who makes his own breakfast in the Vatican and word of that gets all around the globe, and suddenly people want to be Catholic again. It’s quite a remarkable thing. So he doesn’t have to talk about dogma and what you should believe—for him it’s more about style. I think it’s wonderful. That’s what a religious leader ought to be. I always thought that the pope should be very much like the Dalai Lama—someone who is respected around the world as a religious leader and is not caught up in all the pomp and circumstance and finances and rules and judging people. And Pope Francis has shown himself to be wonderful along those lines, especially about not judging people. If he continues that way and has an impact on his own official church that way—I’m not sure that he can, but if he can, I’m sure that a lot more people will come back to the Catholic Church.
And this fits into another thing. I know from my travels that people all over the globe are hungry for spiritual guidance. They want to have spirituality in their lives. And the churches are emptying, as we were talking about before. So if you put those two things together, it just makes sense. The church should be able to reach those people and offer them guidance. But there are several things they have to do—the first thing the Church needs to do is get over its gender problem. And not be so male-dominated—it’s so obvious that that’s a huge problem today. You really, truly have to be living in some other century not to see that. And people today don’t want to be told so much what to do and don’t want to be judged—and rightfully so. They want some guidance and encouragement and inspiration. If the Catholic Church can do all that, I can see it coming back and really thriving. But they’re going to have to change radically, and the church is going to have to go further than we are right now with Pope Francis."
Share April Fool's Day with Thomas Moore at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.

Barque coverage
12 Jan 2014 "Thomas Moore gives public talk in Garrison, N.Y."
3 Nov 2013 "Be with Moore and others, April Fool's Day 2014"

Sunday, March 02, 2014

St. Francis Hospital hosts Moore in Hartford CT

Listen to Thomas Moore talk about his new book at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut during a free lecture, discussion and book signing, A Religion of One's Own, on Tuesday 8 April 2014:
 "In A Religion of One's Own, Thomas Moore expands upon topics he first shared in his best selling classic Care of the Soul, exploring the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, inside or outside formal religion. Join us to learn how to create your own spiritual life with an inspired vision, purpose, and meaning."

"Explore the many ways to create a deep and satisfying spiritual life with or without a formal religion."
Saint Francis Comprehensive Women's Health Center
114 Woodland Street
Hartford CT 06114

This program starts at 6:30 p.m. Call St. Francis Hospital: 1 877 783-7262 to reserve a place or register online through the linked page above. Seating is limited.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moore shares ideas in book during radio interview

On his Blog Talk Radio program Richard Brendan interviews Thomas Moore about Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own, 25 February 2014 . Moore talks about honouring different traditions, nature, dreams and how to discover that we're more interesting people than we imagine. The interview is approximately 54 minutes.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Moore suggests five ways to hear our inner voices

Thomas Moore shares "In Search of an Inner Voice" with Guideposts readers to "help people find their purpose and calling." He describes five ways to stay open to internal direction that he discusses in his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

1. Clear the decks,
2. Look to nature,
3. Read,
4. Be an artist,
5. Embrace the unusual.

Thomas Moore recommends, "Let life happen."

Listen to Patricia Raskin interview Thomas Moore about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, on her Positive Living radio program with VoiceAmerica, recorded Monday 3 February 2014. The show's description includes, "Moore urges readers to begin by 'never again sensing any conflict between one tradition and another' and follow their bliss, working intuitively to create a religion that is truly their own." Run time for this audio file is approximately 25 minutes.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Moore in Manchester Center, Vermont next month

EDITOR'S NOTE: This event will be re-scheduled. Check with Northshire Bookstore to confirm the date and time of Thomas Moore's visit.

Northshire Bookstore hosts Thomas Moore on Saturday 22 March 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Manchester Center, Vermont. Moore discusses and signs his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center,
Vermont 05255

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Moore offers A Religion of One's Own in Litchfield

Registration is open for Thomas Moore's A Religion of One's Own weekend retreat at Wisdom House, Litchfield, Connecticut, Friday 20 June, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday 22 June, 1:00 p.m. Register online now. Cost varies with accommodation choice. Registration closes midnight Thursday 19 June.

Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield, Connecticut
06759 - 3002
Phone: 860-567-3163
Fax: 860-567-3166

Barque coverage
9 Nov 2013 "Moore returns to Wisdom House in Litchfield CT"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Natural world is religious for Yosemite radio hosts

Thomas Moore kicks off Day One of the Quality of Life Radio Expo with mother—daughter duo, Nancy Reid and Lisa Smith as he talks about A Religion of One's Own on 26 January 2014. Moore is at the top of the playlist on the linked page. Big Blend Radio airs live from California’s Yosemite gold country. This audio interview is approximately 30 minutes.

Watch Moore's television interview in Arizona

Watch Thomas Moore's studio interview with host Ted Simons on Arizona Horizon, 22 January 2014. In this 16-minute clip, Moore answers questions about his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Simons raises common criticisms of a personal approach to religion as Moore emphasizes why this is so needed in America at this time. A transcript of the interview is available on the linked page.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Listen to Moore talk about crafting your religion

Thomas Moore's interview, released 5 February 2014 on ConsciousSHIFT with host Julie Ann Turner is at the top of the list. Select it to hear this free iTunes podcast that is approximately 55 minutes. Moore talks about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, emphasizing that deep religion is creative and concrete.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Moore has two new book events in April 2014

Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, Massachusetts announces Thomas Moore's visit on Friday 4 April 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his new book A Religion of One's Own.

Jabberwocky Bookshop
at The Tannery Marketplace
50 Water Street
Tannery Mill Bldg 1
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

Landmark College in Putney, Vermont includes Thomas Moore in this year's speaker series. "The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community."

Moore's presentation,Your Mission in Life: Care of Body, Soul, Spirit and World, is Monday 14 April 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, Greenhoe Theater.
"[Moore] considers himself a new brand of theologian, drawing from many traditions as well as “secular” literature and arts. He is widely known for his efforts to promote and deepen spirituality and make a more soulful society." 
Landmark College
1 River Road South
Putney, Vermont 05346

Please direct questions about this college event to:
Geoff Burgess Communications Department, Faculty
Tel: 802 387-6768 
Administration Building, Rm 215C

Let's learn from all religions in a new, fresh way

Thomas Moore talks on Uncommon Awareness about his new book, A Religion of One's Own, 3 February 2014. In this two-hour interview, host Dr. Lorraine Hurley includes quotes from the book and refers to Moore's own blog post, "Announcing the Birth of a New Book", ". . . a few points that at last are gelling."
Hour 1 53:51 minutes
Hour 2 53:51 minutes
During the second segment, Moore describes how beauty awakens the soul and serves religion.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Disenchantment and secularism guide explorations

For Publishers Weekly Marcia Z. Nelson poses questions to Thomas Moore about "Religion That's Personal " , 29 January 2014: "A personal religion is important, argues the former Catholic monk, given the disenchantment with institutional religion and the lure of secularism." Read Moore's responses referring to his new book, A Religion of One's Own.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

One's own religion includes diverse communities

Brian Lehrer talks with Thomas Moore and call-in listeners during DYI Religion on WNYC, 21 January 2014 for approximately 18 minutes about Moore's new book A Religion of One's Own: A Guide To Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Listen to Moore talk about his new book on WPR

Rob Ferrett with Wisconsin Public Radio talks to Thomas Moore about A Religion Of Our Own For Spiritual Enrichment on 22 January 2014 for approximately 22 minutes. Listeners call in with responses and reactions.


Ireland program: Care of body, soul. spirit, world

Thomas Moore offers a program at the Emmaus Centre in County Dublin, Ireland from Friday 31 October to 6 November 2014: Your Mission in Life: Care of Body, Soul, Spirit and World. According to the description:
[Moore] makes a distinction between being spiritual and being soulful, and he encourages us to cultivate both. He wants us to live our lives from the depths of the heart, pursuing our own destinies with our gifts and limitations. Soul is awakened through love, and so Thomas would have us pursue those things our soul wants and give our attention to others and to the world in love. He also advocates ancient teachings about soul that emphasize serious dreamwork, deep intuition, and a magical, enchanted view of the world.

In this series of seminar talks Thomas will also introduce ideas from his newest book A Religionn of One's Own. Here he claims that we are in a new era when a new kind of religious spirit will rise. No more secularism or religious competitiveness and exclusivism. No more heavy-handed authority and negativity. No more abuse of gender or sexuality. This new religious spirit turns to the world’s traditions for inspiration and resources but finds the whole of life sacred." 
Cost: TBA Finalized details will be shared when they're available.

The Emmaus Centre
Ennis Lane
Co. Dublin

Location Map
North of the town of Swords, ten minutes by car or taxi north of Dublin Airport on the N1, close to the M50 and M1 motorways.

Our own religions help to maintain the mysteries

After paying homage to James Hillman, hosts Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust with Expanding Mind on Progressive Radio Network discuss differences between spirit and soul before talking with Thomas Moore about his new book A Religion of One's Own. This audio file, recorded 19 January 2014, is approximately 56 minutes.

"We are all mysterious – to each other and ourselves."
Thomas Moore


Friday, January 31, 2014

Let beauty and wisdom guide our spirituality now

The Penguin USA blog shares Thomas Moore's own reflections on his new book A Religion of One’s Own. In this post for the publisher, Moore's musings include:
"From the beginning of this fated journey, I never liked religious behavior that was too pious or moralistic. I seem to have been born with an appreciation of secular life interweaving with a spiritual vision so that neither dominate. In this regard, I think of the interlinking chains and spirals I see all over Ireland, my adopted second home, or the familiar Taoist symbol of yin and yang melting into each other.

 Just as Care of the Soul sprang out of me at the particular point where my ideas and my experience as a therapist matured, now I feel that my worldly way of being religious is emerging at just the right time in our cultural evolution to go public with it. Thus, my new book A Religion of One’s Own. We are now at a point where it’s time to let go of a narrow view of religion. I suggest that we don’t abandon it, even if many sophisticated modern people think it’s superfluous or prefer “spirituality”. Worldly life without a deep form of religion would be secularism, and that is a dangerous, soulless option. Just listen to the way many scientists are talking these days, reducing the richness of human experience to brain studies, for example, and you get a taste of what secularism would be like. As human beings we’d shrivel up.

The new book puts together an array of ideas I’ve been working on for years that together form a personal spiritual practice that I call a religion of one’s own. At the top of my list are the beauty and wisdom of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. I don’t want to get rid of the established religions but use them now as resources for a personal religious vision. They are priceless for what they have to offer, but the emphasis on belief, authority, empty ritual and moralism has weakened them to the point that they must re-imagine themselves radically. You can be a member of a religion and still have a religion of your own, or you can go off on your own, becoming a seeker or even an atheist, and use the traditions as resources."
Moore invites readers to join him "in welcoming a significant evolution in the human spirit."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Moore talks about Pope Francis in interview

Reading Group interviews Thomas Moore about his new book, A Religion of One's Own for Author Talk: Januay 2014. During this Q&A exchange, Moore is asked: "The Catholic Church is perhaps the most prominent example of a religious institution that no longer meets the needs of ordinary people. Do you think the new Pope can turn the tide?" His response:
Thomas Moore: "The new pope can turn the tide toward a different and more vital kind of Catholic spirituality. He started doing this from the first moments of his papacy. I find his approach full of hope for the whole world, not just for Catholics. I’ve been saying for years that people throughout the world are looking for a spirituality suited to our times. They don’t know what that means, but they’ll know it when they see it. Meanwhile, many established churches seem to be afraid to adapt to a changing culture. They have been declining, while the average person is frustrated in his search. It would take very little to turn this situation around. I do my best, but I don’t have an official position. I’m a lone voice. I’m hopeful that the new pope will inaugurate a new spiritual movement among all the people of the world. In fact, I’d like to see his language become so radically fresh that he would speak to all the people and not just to Catholics. We’re all Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and atheist, to a degree and in a certain sense." 
Moore is also asked, "You write beautifully about the lessons you’ve learned from Freud and Jung. Would you say that psychotherapy is a religion of sorts in that it helps us to comprehend the incomprehensible?" His response includes:
Thomas Moore: "I passed up opportunities to become a Jungian analyst because I find that people who get stuck on Jung enter an orthodoxy just as rigid as the Catholicism I knew as a young person. But I study Jung almost every day today and can’t imagine my life without his wisdom and example. Everyone should read Memories, Dreams, Reflections, his memoir about his inner life. I have to add a third name in this context: James Hillman. He was my friend and colleague for thirty-eight years. I think he is one of the greatest thinkers ever to have lived. I owe everything to him, to his writings and to his loving friendship. I couldn’t begin to describe his work here in a few words, but I can say that it shows how to read all the great writers, including Freud and Jung, and how to live with imagination."
The site offers twelve discussion questions that also may be downloaded as a PDF reading guide.

Faith, belief may contribute to daily happiness

Beliefnet features "Nine Ways Faith Can Make You Happier", a slideshow describing the values of faith and belief based on Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own. Accompanied by a photo gallery, captions and excerpts touch on depression, purposelessness, spirituality, creativity, anxiety, and other issues:
"Coming to terms with your fears and longings
Faith can also be a therapeutic way for you to confront and explore your fears, desires, past, and relationships with others. “Getting to know your deep soul may prevent you from venting raw emotions, acting-out and being depressed and vindictive,” writes Moore in A Religion of One’s Own. “It can clear the way for a spiritual life not sullied by psychological matters left unattended.” Faith can help you acknowledge your emotional issues and realize that you don’t have to go it alone."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Talk with Moore at Toadstool Bookshop, Feb. 1

This Saturday the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, New Hampshire hosts Thomas Moore for discussion and book signing of A Religion of One's Own starting at 11:00 a.m. Books will be available for purchase at this free event.

 Toadstool Bookshop
12 Depot Square
Peterborough, NH

Barque coverage
7 Jan 2014 "Local newspaper interviews Moore about launch" 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reading Group offers free two-page book guide

Reading Group offers the new two-page guide for Thomas Moore's latest book, A Religion of One's Own. The guide asks twelve questions for you to discuss with your book club.

This download includes the Library Journal view, "[Moore's] counsel is consistently sensible and affirming. This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Contribute by living your life with honesty, beauty

This week Ray Hemachandra shares notes from an interview he conducted with Thomas Moore approximately 15 years ago, "Thomas Moore on Sex, Mystery, Shadow, and Living a Life of the Soul", when Moore was promoting his book The Soul of Sex. Some of Hemachandra's notes may be of interest as Moore promotes his new book, A Religion of One's Own. He quotes Moore:
“Everywhere I go people give me books and say, ‘You need to read this.’ I don’t need to read anything. And I don’t want to do that to anybody, ‘You need to read this.’ You don’t. If you have a choice between reading any book published in the 20th century and reading Shakespeare, there’s no choice. Go back to Shakespeare. Or Emerson. Emerson’s one of my favorite people of all time. Such beautiful sentences and thoughts, it’s unbelievable. Read Emerson.”

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Rothko Chapel may be a model for every town

With ideas in his new book, A Religion of One's Own, Thomas Moore shares "A Chapel of One's Own" as his January-February 2014 column for Spirituality & Health magazine. Moore suggests the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas may be a template for other communities:
"In a quiet neighborhood in Houston, Texas, the Rothko Chapel sits on a small open space with a quiet pond and a piece of sculpture. On most days, the chapel is a place of reflection in an active city. The architecture, furnishings, and, of course, the large dark paintings of Mark Rothko create a special atmosphere for reflection. If you look at the schedule of events and the books that are available in the library, you’ll see that every spiritual tradition imaginable is represented."
During his current book tour Moore is asked, "What about community?" He answers in this column:
"I’ve called this new approach “a religion of one’s own,” but as you pursue your own religion, immediately you begin to see connections with the whole of life and with community, defined both in the most local of ways and with all beings in the cosmos, including those we have yet to meet up with. This religion need not be narcissistic and limited."

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jung Platform hosts Moore's audio lecture Feb. 4

On Tuesday 4 February 2014 Jung Platform offers the teleconference A Religion of One's Own with Thomas Moore (6:00 p.m. PST) based on his new book. The call will be approximately 90 minutes long (including a Question and Answer segment).

Cost: $24.75 for the live teleconference and its audio recording.
 Register before 31 January 2014 for 10% discount.
Includes 1 CE.
"Steeped in Jung, [Moore] sees religion as the result of an individual movement toward depth and an awareness of the mysterious and the beyond-ego elements in ordinary living.
Still, the book is not about a self-centered quest or personal psychology. It suggests a re-visioning and deliteralizing of community, so that the newly imagined religious person finds fellowship with all beings on the planet, and beyond. The book spells out various ways, inspired and guided by the spiritual traditions, but far-ranging, we can make our lives thoroughly religious, avoiding the creeping secularism of the age. It is for everyone — church-goers, seekers, agnostics and even atheists. Instead of a vague spirituality, it recommends a freshly re-invented notion of religion suited to the 21st century."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Regular walks in nature may be your prayer

Today Joe Donahue interviews Thomas Moore on The Roundtable with WAMC, Northeast Public Radio. Moore talks about preferring the word religion in his new book’s title A Religion of One's Own, activities that may constitute prayer, how pleasure is a feature of religion, and borrowing from different traditions.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Religion embraces the secular and ordinary

Pythia Peay
Psychology Today publishes the third and final part, ”At the Intersection of Psychology and Spirituality” of Pythia Peay’s interview with Thomas Moore about his new book, A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide To Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. In this interview segment, Moore talks about guilt, emotional problems, dreams and deepening our view of the sacred. Near the end of their exchange:
Peay: One of the ideas that resonated with me from your book is the idea that we all have spiritually gifted people in our lives. For example, you write about your Uncle Tom, a farmer. I’ve known people with similar depths of wisdom, such as the farmers I grew up around, or caregivers, and wonder if you could say more about how we can learn from these “ordinary mystics” outside of organized religion.  
Moore: If you really appreciate what my book is saying, its message is pretty radical. What I’m trying to suggest is that we give up this narrow conception of what religion is, and what’s sacred and holy ...  
The Catholic Church may have a wafer of bread — but the farmer’s got the wheat."


Monday, January 20, 2014

Moore stresses value of pleasure with religion

Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips talk with Thomas Moore on their radio program Project Censored, Pacifica Radio Network on Friday 17 January 2014. This 45-minute broadcast ”A Conversation with Thomas Moore” is available now. Moore talks about his new book A Religion of One’s Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World with his two hosts.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Meet Thomas Moore in Albuquerque this Tuesday

Thomas Moore speaks in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at the Center for Spiritual Living. Sanctuary doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start followed by a book signing. Reverend Andrew Groves of the Center for Spiritual Living introduces Moore at this free event to launch Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World. Backlist titles will also be available for sale. Some of the proceeds are donated to the Center for Spiritual Living.

Ernest Holmes, founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, was born 21 January 1887.

21 January 2014 7:00 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living
2801 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Barque coverage
20 Dec 2013 "Moore offers free book launch in Albuquerque"
15 Dec 2013 "Thomas Moore in Albuquerque, January 21"

Friday, January 17, 2014

Enjoy today's spiritual evening with Thomas Moore

The St. Helena Star announces Thomas Moore's appearance tonight, Friday January 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Theater in Yountville, California: "A Spiritual Evening with Thomas Moore" as Moore continues his book tour for A Religion of Ones Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.
"Two decades ago, Care of the Soul touched a chord with millions of readers yearning to integrate spirituality into their everyday lives. In his latest book, Moore expands on the topics he first explored shortly after leaving the monastery, such as the myriad possibilities in creating a personal spirituality, either inside or outside formal religion."
Ticket prices:
$20 general admission;
$40 includes a copy of A Religion of One's Own; or
$50 includes a signed book, pre-show wine reception and preferred seating. VIP author reception at 6 p.m.

For tickets call 707 944-9900, go to or visit the Lincoln Theater Box Office, 100 California Drive, Yountville.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Let's practice simple acts of spiritual depth

Pythia Peay
Part Two of Pythia Peay's interview with Thomas Moore about A Religion of One's Own for Psychology Today is available: "Simple Acts of Spiritual Depth: Creating Your Own Religion".

When asked about monastic traditions, Moore responds:
Thomas Moore: "Historically, one of the most important things monasteries did was collect great libraries. In studying and translating books, the monks helped to keep civilization intact by preserving and passing along knowledge. That tradition is something we can take from in cultivating our own practice. Following the monks’ example, we can begin building our own library, whether physical books or e-books. As a writer, I surround myself with timeless books that feed my work. Just having them near me is inspiring and creates a monastic environment — it isn't just a matter of information as much as the ambience of thought and reflection."
Moore shares some book titles in his library:
Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays;
Carl G. Jung Collected Works and Memories, Dreams, Reflections;
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Divine Milieu;
Emily Dickinson Letters;
Edgar Wind Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance;
Translations of the Tao Te Ching;
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot;
Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind;
James Hillman Re-Visioning Psychology;
The Gospels in Greek;
Oscar Wilde De Profundis.

Part One: "The Religion with No Name"
Pythia Peay, Psychology Today
10 January 2014

Barque coverage
10 Jan 2014 "Peay asks Moore about religion with no name"


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Moore answers questions about his new book

Miami WLRN's Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman with Topical Currents interview Thomas Moore for 32 minutes about A Religion of One's Own during their call-in radio program.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Spirituality does not replace religion's role today

For today's issue of Real Clear Religion Thomas Moore writes "Your Own Personal Religion" based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own. When asked about community, Moore's response includes:

"I foresee a deeper kind of communal sense developing hand in hand with more intense personal involvement. Since the less significant trappings of institutional religion are no longer in the way, we can have a keen feeling for the planet and the beings that exist on it. Community now can be hugely inclusive: other types of belief, other ethnicities, animals, vegetative forms and even manufactured things will be part of it."

Moore also writes that there is value in traditional religions:
"Still a Catholic in my own mind, I have three outstanding rabbis I can contact for counsel at any time. I am friendly with several sisters and priests who have been on the frontier of this new religiousness for years. My buddy in teaching spirituality and making it accessible is a Baptist minister, who is a master of the old theology and yet far ahead in re-forming religion for the future. These admirable people are variously close to or remote from the official old-style churches. Once you leave spiritual regimentation behind, you discover multiple ways of being genuinely and solidly religious."
He concludes, "The habit of preferring 'spirituality' over 'religion' is also passing. It's time to be more open, firm and courageous in countering the soulless, ego-centered philosophies of the modern era and embrace a new sacred. It's time not to abandon religion but to re-imagine it."

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thomas Moore gives public talk in Garrison, N.Y.

To kick off his retreat at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, N.Y. Thomas Moore offers a public talk on Monday 31 March 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. based on his new book, A Religion of One's Own on sale during the evening.
Cost: $15 Register online now.

Early Bird rate for the full retreat has been extended.
The Early Bird program fee is $217.00 if you register by midnight on 14 February 2014. The program fee increases to $297.00 on 15 February 2014. Register for the full three-day April Fool's retreat.

Barque coverage
3 Nov 2013 "Be with Moore and others, April Fool's Day 2014"

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Moore's Spirituality & Practice course, Feb. 3

Spirtuality & Practice shares resources for Thomas Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World that is now available. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat review Moore's book while sharing their support for his approaches and sources. They also offer an excerpt about Meaning from the book.

S&P hosts an online course with Moore starting 3 February 2014: "Crafting Your Own Religion with Thomas Moore." This course runs from Monday 3 February to Friday 28 February for $49.95.
Register online.

Through emails sent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week, Moore explores:
• Religion's way of engaging the mysteries.
• Experiences of ordinary mysticism.
• Sanctifying daily life by borrowing from the monastic traditions.
• Dream practice.
• Art as an essential in our own religion.
• Revelation, epiphany, and intuition.
• Integrating the sensual and the spiritual.
• Connecting with the world community and your neighbors.
"Your own religion may mean staying with your long-held tradition and rediscovering its value, arranging its components into a personal "rule" of life. Seekers may draw from many traditions and from nature to formulate a way of life and a practice that is not secular but is not religious in the usual sense. Atheists and agnostics may engage the eternal questions of meaning and create a religion suited to them." 
These emails give practical suggestions and tasks. In the online Practice Circle we will talk about this process, swap ideas, and share inspiring resources. Moore participates in the Practice Circle to answer questions and make other suggestions. In late February, we'll be able to connect with him during a one-hour teleconference. Register now. 4 CEHs for chaplains are available.