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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy webinar on May 19

Dr. Kathryn Summers (American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Southeast Region Chair-elect)  hosts the webinar Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy with Thomas Moore on Friday 19 May 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
"Many therapists are making great use of Moore’s writings, both personally and professionally. Dr. Moore will be presenting on “Soul-Oriented Psychotherapy,” and there will be opportunity to engage him directly with your questions — participants will be invited to submit questions ahead of time and during the webinar."
$30 Members
$35 Non-members

Visit to download required software.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Take nothing only literally." Thomas Moore

Under today's tweet on Facebook, Moore adds, "I think that for most people this key principle has to be taught. Many books and teachers gave it to me step by step." Someone asks, "Which books are you referring to?"

Five books that Moore has recommended for soul and poetics are:
1. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by  Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, or by David Hinton.
2. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by by C. G. Jung and Aniela Jaffe.
3. The Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman.
4. Echo's Subtle Body by Patricia Berry.
5. Love's Body by Norman O. Brown.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Listen to Moore talk about aging on CYACYL radio

Mark your calendar.
Joan Herrmann, host of the radio program Change Your Attitude… Change Your Life, interviews Thomas Moore about his forthcoming book, Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy on 18 June 2017 (actually Sunday morning). Scroll down here to read this episode's description that includes:
"Do you fear aging? Do you believe that the best of life is behind you? According to Thomas Moore, aging should be cherished as a series of initiations, rather than viewed as a diminishing experience. He teaches how we can utilize our acquired experience and maturity to take life on, embrace it, and feel fulfilled."
Moore's segment may be available On Demand following the initial broadcast.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Free online event includes Moore video interview

Starting 26 April 2017 Dustin Urban hosts the Turning Point Summit, a free online event that includes Thomas Moore in the mix of 21 interviews with experts about soul, purpose and transformation.  A daily morning email tells you the featured speaker for that day. Each 45-60 minute video interview will be available for a limited time.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Attend Moore's Ageless Soul retreat at Kripalu

Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts hosts Thomas Moore's weekend retreat Ageless Soul: Living a Long, Joyful, and Fulfilling Life from Friday 17 Nov. to Sunday 19 Nov. 2017. With some program restrictions, Kripalu offers a ten percent discount on tuition, and room and meals pricing for seniors (age 65+).
"Aging is not growing old but becoming a person of character. In this sense, we age throughout life, so this program is for everyone. It offers fresh ideas on aging, exercises for self-discovery, and the opportunity to share deeply with others as we all face the challenge of time."
Register online now.
Regular tuition: $250.
Your accommodation selection determines costs.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Moore visits Michigan for two events in June

Meet Thomas Moore in Kalamazoo, Michigan at two events on Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, 2017. Thursday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. he is keynote speaker at the 2017 Voices of Wisdom Benefit Dinner co-sponsored by the Fetzer Institute and Transformations Spirituality Center.
"Voices of Wisdom celebrates its eighth year and is a benefit dinner to enhance community awareness of Transformations’ presence in Kalamazoo and support our unique programs."
The Fountains Banquet Center
535 S Riverview Dr.
Parchment, MI 49004

Registration Coordinator
Transformations Spirituality Center
269-381-6290 x249

As a separate event Moore leads a retreat on Thursday 15 June 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday 16 June 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Transformations Spirituality Center: Aging with Soul: A Retreat.
"You have to say yes to life’s invitations all your days, from childhood onward, and that way you become a truly aged person. You are mature, wise, self-possessed and prepared to share your achievement with others as an elder and teacher. Aging can be a rewarding experience. Also, you don’t have to see life in a straight line. Your childhood and adolescence and early adulthood remain with you, giving you a rich and varied texture. You can be young at heart forever."
Retreat registration is $160 when received by May 11, $185 thereafter. It includes program, materials, and lunch. Please register by May 26. Payment in full is due at time of registration, $60 of which is non-refundable.
Transformations Spirituality Center
3427 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Registration Coordinator
Transformations Spirituality Center
269-381-6290 x249

Barque coverage
11 Jan 2017 "Moore explores how to mature like wine or cheese"

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Satisfy your deepest needs for spirit and creativity

Attend Art & Spirit in an Age of Anxiety with Thomas Moore in New York City at The First Presbyterian Church on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"Join Thomas Moore for a living conversation about the importance of returning to the arts and spirituality as a way of reclaiming our souls. With the goal of inspiring more personally relevant lives, this half day seminar aims to help us put our worries into perspective while restoring deep-seated values and hope."
Buy your ticket online: $25 + $2.37 fee at the link above.

First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York
12 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

Barque coverage
9 Mar 2017 "How do we work creatively and relate lovingly?"

Monday, April 03, 2017

Art and dreams help to reach ultimate mystery

Read the full description for The Marble Colloquium with Thomas Moore at New York City's Marble Collegiate.
Labyrinth Room
Sunday 30 April 2017
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
"Much of the great art around the world is found in the context of religion and spiritual practice. Nothing is more powerful to inducing a contemplative attitude than a beautiful statue of the Buddha or a Renaissance motet or cathedral ceiling. In modern life we usually place art in a more abstract location, a museum, home or slide show. We have lost touch with the immediate power of a piece of art to help you transcend your self and world to reach into ultimate mysteries. We also fail to understand how incredibly revealing night dreams can be and how they also take us to realms of mystery directly related to our lives. They, too, serve the spiritual life."

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Let's celebrate 12 years of Barque: Thomas Moore

Barque: Thomas Moore shares its 12th anniversary this year on April Fool's Day. Choose one or more of these 12 suggestions to commemorate this delightful occasion.

1. Follow Thomas Moore's public Facebook page: Invite Facebook friends to follow this page.

2. Follow Thomas Moore's Twitter feed:

3. Like Thomas Moore's public Facebook page: Invite Facebook friends to like this page.

4. Pre-order Thomas Moore's new book Ageless Soul to be available 10 October 2017.

5. Pre-order Thomas Moore's new book Ageless Soul on audio CD to be available 10 October 2017.

6. Buy Thomas Moore's first book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone and write a review on

7. Buy Thomas Moore's second book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone and write a review on
 8. Pre-order Thomas Moore's third book in the GOSPEL series GOSPEL The Book of Luke: A New Translation with Commentary, Reclaiming Jesus's Wisdom as Spiritual Guidance for Everyone to be available 24 October 2017.

9. Join Barque on Goodreads by creating a free account at to review and rate any of Thomas Moore's books. Indicate "Want to Read" for Ageless Soul.

10. Register for Thomas Moore's 15-16 June 2017 program at Transformations Spirituality Center outside Kalamazoo, Michigan: Aging with Soul: A Retreat with Thomas Moore.

11. Register for Thomas Moore's  23-25 June 2017 weekend program at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts: Developing Your Highest Self.

12. Follow Barque: Thomas Moore on Networked Blogs:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

List affirms global spiritual contribution in 2017

Watkins Books includes Thomas Moore on its "Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2017" at no. 42. It considers several factors when compiling the list.
Three main criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive as of January 1st, 2017;
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale;
3) The person is frequently searched online, appears in Nielsen Data, has a Wikipedia page, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet. ... "Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of today’s spiritual teachers."

Barque coverage
11 July 2016 "Moore high on list of spiritually influential leaders "
17 Apr 2015 "Moore's influence grows among spiritual leaders"
 8  Oct 2014 "Moore among most spiritually influential in 2014"

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moore in Watertown CT, next week for public talk

Town Times, the community newspaper serving Watertown, Oakville, Waterbury's Bunker Hill, Thomaston and Northfield, Connecticut, publishes "St. Mary’s Hospital offers free community lecture" about Thomas Moore's presentation Reviving the Soul in a Mechanical Age on Thursday 23 March 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m. — "With a sense of soul in the midst of challenging times, all of us may find creative lives for healing and recovery."

According to this article, "The presentation is part of St. Mary’s annual St. Joseph’s Day celebration in honor of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambery, the hospital’s founding order and a continued presence at the hospital for more than 100 years." Register online or call (203) 709-3312.

Monday, March 13, 2017

GOSPEL The Book of Mark in bookstores now

Read a description and buying options at SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Listen to Moore talk about ordinary natural magic

Thomas Moore is the guest on The Science of Magic program with Gwilda Wiyala, 9 March 2017. During the hour Moore talks about:
– Evoking the divine
– Differentiating between spirit and soul
– Learning the gospels
– Reinterpreting hamartia
– Shifting from moralism to morality
– Cultivating a religious attitude toward life
– Experiencing beauty
– Feeling nature as an opening for spirituality
Jump to the 12:20 minute mark for Moore's beginning.

According to the Science of Magic site, "By bringing together seemingly divergent practices of science and magic, and applying them to leading edge subject matter, we can uncover a more expansive and evolutionary truth. The Science of Magic Radio, hosted by Gwilda Wiyaka, is a syndicated radio program, dedicated to combining the science and magic of today’s dynamic and controversial topics to co-create new solutions and promote evolutionary thinking."

Thursday, March 09, 2017

How do we work creatively and relate lovingly?

"Care of the soul is a process that unveils 
the deep originality of a life and personality."

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York hosts Thomas Moore for Care of the Soul: A Special Workshop, Saturday 29 April, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Telephone 212 675-6150 for details.

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York
12 West 12th Street at Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Moore offers free public talk in Waterbury, CT

Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury CT hosts Thomas Moore's free public talk "Reviving the Soul in a Mechanical Age" on Thursday 23 March, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
"Our age of technological invention is amazing in its imagination, ingenuity and the comforts it provides. It could even be the impetus for a deep cultural renaissance and spiritual evolution. But as of now, it has become stuck, fixated at the machine level. 
Not yet have we freed the human soul to raise happy children, enjoy deeply fulfilling marriages, or create an approach to work that is humanizing. Not yet have we found solutions to violence. We need new and serious attention to values, well-being and needs of the soul, and we need it in education, politics, medicine, city planning — in every aspect of modern life."
View a flyer for this event, share its link or print it for distribution in your community.

Register online, or email or call (203) 709-3312 to register. Free parking is available in the visitor parking garage on Cole Street at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Thursday 23 March 2017 6:00 p.m.
Saint Mary's Hospital
56 Franklin Street
Waterbury, CT

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Find rituals that inspire you to transcend yourself

Thomas Moore changes direction in his column "Your Highest Self" in the January-February 2017 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine. He looks up.
"The profound ancient Greek philosopher Herakleitos once wrote: 'The way up and the way down are one and the same.' But what does this mean? Perhaps that it’s necessary to go both up and down, or that you discover the same mystery upward or downward. Maybe we shouldn’t make such a distinction between ascending and going deep. 
A clue may be hidden in the very old document known as the Emerald Tablet, used by alchemists and others. This is a long, mysterious statement often summarized to mean 'as above, so below.' The world we discover in our highest meditations is reflected in the realm of ordinary life or deep in our psyche. The Christian theologian Origen said, 'We all have a sky within.'" 
On the weekend of 23-25 June 2017, Moore offers his program, Developing Your Highest Self: Making the Spiritual Life Real and Personal at Kripalu Center near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Register now.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Two weeks left to pre-order GOSPEL Book of Mark

Today we start the two week countdown until release of Thomas Moore's GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for EveryoneGOSPEL The Book of Mark is the second book in Moore's series of Gospel translations and it  ships 28 February 2017 ― available now for pre-order.

St. Valentine's Day is an appropriate time to consider this book's message : "Be inspired to live an altogether different kind of life rooted in a more radical kind of love."

According to Mark 12: 30-31, Jesus shares two commandments: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
a. Mark 12:30 Deut. 6:4,5 b. Mark 12:31 Lev. 19:18

This love is agape. Today let's extend our vision of love to all others ― inclusiveness, interdependence and generosity.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Jung Platform's 1 year course with Thomas Moore

Jung Platform offers the year-long introductory training program Care of the Soul in Daily Life with Thomas Moore starting in June 2017.
"It steers a middle course between study and practical living. It would be useful for people wanting to live more deeply and go beyond the surface ideas of contemporary psychology and spirituality and for therapists, counselors, medical professionals and teachers looking for a deeper approach to their work."

"Each participant can take the course in his or her own direction. Therapists could focus on bringing soul into their practice, and anyone can make the course a more personal exploration. Still, this is an introductory course, a solid preparation for more focused courses to follow."
Click the link above to read about the program's four modules:
I   Soul in Everyday Life
II  Imagination, Poetics and Narrative
III  The Soul in Relationship
IV  Spirituality with Soul
Includes a certificate.

Dates: June 2017 / Oct 2017 / March 2018 /June 2018
Location: Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Early bird discount: $3,900 before 15 March 2017
(payment in installments possible)
Regular Cost: $4,250
Questions? Contact Machiel Klerk

Monday, February 06, 2017

Each of us is homo ludens in this game called life

How is a football game like the game of life? Thomas Moore responds today in his blog post "The Super Game of Life" at Soul & Spirit with Patheos. Moore outlines:
"Football is played on a field carefully marked out with yard lines, a clear boundary, and rules so precise that referees act like lawyers interpreting and judging whether players are following the rules or not. Religion scholars speak of a temenos or boundary for spiritual activity, and usually the football field works just like a temenos without the obvious connection with spiritual concerns.

Games also play out the great patterns and mysteries of life. I felt that yesterday’s Super Bowl showed us a serious mystery worth reflecting on that has to do with the unfolding of our personal lives and of society, as well. Most of us occasionally find ourselves losing the game of life. We may have money problems or sickness to deal with. It may seem that there is no likelihood of success, no chance of a good outcome. Yet, somehow, at the last minute, some unexpected resource that we’ve had all along stirs and comes into play."
Do they share themes of hope, endurance, trust and faith?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Thomas Moore in Peterborough NH, February 11

On Saturday 11 February 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough NH hosts Andrew Krivak in conversation with Thomas Moore to discuss Krivak's new novel The Signal Flame, his sequel to The Sojourn.
"Both books trace the generations of a Slovakian immigrant family beginning with Josef Vinich a sharpshooter in the Kaiser’s WW 1 army. The second novel, set in 1972 in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania, opens with the death of Josef as his daughter and grandson Bo confront uncertainty when the other grandson, Sam, is reported MIA in Vietnam.
Andrew Krivak
In a previous book, The Long Retreat: In Search Of A Religious Life, Krivak chronicled his eight years of Jesuit training in a spiritual quest. Thomas Moore is the bestselling author of Care of the Soul and many others. He spent 12 years as a Catholic monk. Both have returned to the secular world in different ways."
Read about this free event in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript under "Jaffrey author’s new book to be discussed at local reading".

Saturday 11 February 11:00 a.m.
Toadstool Bookstore
12 Depot Square
Peterborough, New Hampshire


Sunday, January 29, 2017

New 2017 book sees aging as series of initiations

Under its St. Martin's Press imprint, Macmillan Publishers describes Thomas Moore's forthcoming book Ageless Soul (previously titled Aging with Soul)  in its Fall 2017 Catalogue, page 33.  Ageless Soul: Ripening, Maturing, and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older is available 10 October 2017. According to the catalogue:
"In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person.

Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations, rather than a diminishing experience, one that each of us has the tools — experience, maturity, fulfillment — to embrace.

Subjects include:
— Why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression and resort to medication
— The vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people
— The many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life
— Sex and sensuality
— Building new communities and leaving a legacy

Ageless Soul will teach readers how to embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, embrace invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they get older. Aging means living into life."
Order Ageless Soul now from Amazon.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Moore talks beyond addiction recovery in this video

Watch Thomas Moore answers questions in this Vimeo video recorded 21 February 2016 for Recovery 2.0, hosted by Tommy Rosen and uploaded by SpiritWorks Foundation. Although titled Dark Nights of the Soul, topics are wide ranging as Moore refers to his book A Religion of One's Own, talks about Carl Jung, discusses shifts in current spirituality, and addresses addiction recovery. The video podcast is 56 minutes.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Please help to create these desired states globally

On this day of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America, read Thomas Moore's essay "The Dream of Utopia", published in the November-December 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health.
"I think utopia should be in your imagination and in the plan for your life. Imagine doing your best to make a life and personality that shows what utopia could be. When people meet you, they don’t encounter the old world with its neurotic self-interest and combativeness. No, they see someone trying to do it differently, even if the result isn’t perfect. When they meet you, they feel: I’ve never seen anything like this before. Here is a person beyond kindness and beyond acceptance and understanding. This feeling of being in another new and better world is essential to utopia, and your task as a utopian is to do things differently and better."
Beyond united, welcome to the new USA, Utopian States of America.
"Utopia exists in your heart and your life, not in some vain hope for a perfect world. Your mind could be utopia, if you could reframe everything that happens in terms of your vision of peace and creative non-action and if you decide to always adopt the role of healer. You can’t expect someone else to be utopian if you’re not there."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Explore your divine spark through the spiritual life

Join Thomas Moore at Kripalu Center from Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June, 2017 for his program Developing Your Highest Self: Making the Spiritual Life Real and Personal:
"This weekend, explore how you can use the arts, nature, service, a contemplative lifestyle, intuition, divination, creativity, dreams, and synchronicities to reach as high as possible in your life. The world may tempt you to be materialistic or limited in your aspirations, but here you discover that you are part angel and the divine spark burns inside you."
Tuition: $255
Accommodation costs based on selection.
Register online now.

Friday, January 13, 2017

S&P hosts Moore for e-course about compassion

Starting 16 January 2017 Spirituality and Practice offers the 6-week e-course The Practice of Compassion: A Multifaith Guide. Thomas Moore leads Week 6 representing the spiritually independent: "Thomas is a psychotherapist, former monk, and bestselling author who writes and lectures in the fields of archetypal psychology, mythology, care of the soul, and creating a religion of your own."

Moore's co-presenters are Frank Rogers, Sally Taylor, Ted Falcon, Jamal Rahman, and Philip Goldberg.
"Compassion is a spiritual practice, and you can get better at it over time. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer us specific ways to do this. This e-course will teach you how you can be a compassionate, caring presence to those suffering in your community and the wider world and even to yourself. It will give you antidotes to attitudes that hinder compassion — all those 'isms' like racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and nationalism."
 From Monday 16 January to Thursday 23 February 2017:
— Receive two emails per week for six weeks (12 total) in which presenters reflect on compassion in their traditions and share practice suggestions with participants.
— Engage in the Practice Circle, a community forum  for e-course participants, and be guided by the individual presenter during each week of the course.

Cost: $59.95

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Imagine living from a more radical kind of love

Next month Skylight Paths Publishing releases The Book of Mark, the second gospel in a series of translations by Thomas Moore with his own commentary. Amazon accepts pre-orders now.
"... Thomas Moore strips the Gospels of their theological agendas and reclaims them as a fundamentally new way of imagining human life. He blends scholarship and pastoral guidance to highlight the Gospels’ teachings on earthly, rather than otherworldly, living in which community, compassion, inclusiveness, prayer and healing are key elements. He draws deeply from Greek philosophy, literature and spirituality to craft an accurate and challenging yet accessible translation that, free of religious moralism and dogmatism, is beautifully imaginative and inspirational. Be inspired to live an altogether different kind of life rooted in a more radical kind of love."
GOSPEL The Book of Mark: 
A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone
by Thomas Moore
176 pages
SkyLight Paths Publishing
February 28, 2017 1st edition
ISBN-10: 1594736308
ISBN-13: 978-1594736308

Moore explores how to mature like wine or cheese

Transformations Spirituality Center hosts Thomas Moore for the retreat Aging with Soul, Thursday 15 June and Friday 16 June, 2017.
"Think about the word aging. It doesn’t have to mean growing older. Like aged wine and cheese, aging is the process of becoming mature, ripe and interesting. You pay more for aged wine and cheese because it is more flavorful and interesting, just like really aged humans.

Growing old doesn’t guarantee that you will age in this sense. You have to say yes to life’s invitations all your days, from childhood onward, and that way you become a truly aged person. You are mature, wise, self-possessed and prepared to share your achievement with others as an elder and teacher. Aging can be a rewarding experience. Also, you don’t have to see life in a straight line. Your childhood and adolescence and early adulthood remain with you, giving you a rich and varied texture. You can be young at heart forever.

This retreat will invite us to review our lives and see the whole cloth that has been woven from the threads of our experience.  Come for a time of recognizing your own abiding principles.  Sense how compassion, generativity and equanimity have shifted you over time." 
Registration includes program, materials, lunch.
Early bird registration by 11 May: $160
After 11 May: $185  
A limited number of guest rooms are available for an additional $75, includes meals.

Please register by May 26. Payment in full is due at time of registration, $60 of which is non-refundable.
Register online now.

Transformations Spirituality Center
3427 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048

The center is outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on the 57 acre Nazareth campus. It is conveniently situated between Chicago and Detroit, off the I-94 corridor.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New book about soulful aging available in October

Pre-release information for Thomas Moore's new book about growing older soulfully. Order on Amazon now.

Ageless Soul:
Ripening, Maturing, and Feeling Fulfilled as We Get Older

by Thomas Moore
320 pages
St. Martin's Press
10 October 2017
$26.99 US
ISBN-10: 1250135818
ISBN-13: 978-1250135810

The Soul of Christmas wins S&P award for 2016

Spirituality & Practice considers Thomas Moore's book The Soul of Christmas to be one of the best spiritual books of 2016. In their review, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat write:
"Embrace the mystery. 'Christmas did not begin with Jesus. Its deepest mysteries go back to the very beginnings. . . . Stonehenge in England, aligned with the winter solstice sunset, is about three thousand years old.' Part of this holiday, then, is honoring the return of the light and the new beginnings it portends."
Our attention to this mystery continues into the new year.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Listen to Moore recite Brodsky's Star of the Nativity

Listen to Janet Conners interview Thomas Moore for her UnityFM program, The Soul-Directed Life in which Moore talks about his new book The Soul of Christmas. The program broadcast Thursday 8 December 2016. Watch Conners' post-interview video on her Twitter feed.
 At the beginning of the episode, Moore recites this poem by Joseph Brodsky:

Star of the Nativity
In the cold season, in a locality accustomed to heat more than
to cold, to horizontality more than to a mountain,
a child was born in a cave in order to save the world;
it blew as only in deserts in winter it blows, athwart.

To Him, all things seemed enormous: His mother’s breast, the steam
out of the ox’s nostrils, Caspar, Balthazar, Melchior — the team
of Magi, their presents heaped by the door, ajar.
He was but a dot, and a dot was the star.

Keenly, without blinking, through pallid, stray
clouds, upon the child in the manger, from far away —
from the depth of the universe, from its opposite end — the star
was looking into the cave. And that was the Father’s stare.

December 1987

Enter Christmas season thoughtfully with cheer

Catholic News Live shares an excerpt from Thomas Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas as the "The True Spirit of Christmas". The passage includes:
"Christmas is one of the most soulful days of the year. You don’t need to be Christian or a follower of Jesus, because the roots of Christmas lie in the natural rhythms of the year, and solstice celebrations are universal. Christmas is a solstice festival with a significant overlay of the story and teachings of Jesus. But his teaching is universal and dovetails beautifully with the spirit of solstice. Jesus offers a vision of utopia, a perfected world. He envisioned a time when we would get over our neuroses, our demonic tendencies, and live in peaceful community."
"It would be better to enter the spirit of the liminal rather than fight it. Step outside of ordinary time: be of good cheer, give some real gifts, make some good food, and spend more time than usual with friends and family. The best way to deal with the exhaustion of the holidays is not to withdraw but to enter them thoughtfully."
Order The Soul of Christmas from its publisher Franciscan Media.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

S&P chooses The Soul of Christmas as Editor's Pick

Read a review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Thomas Moore's The Soul of Christmas  for Spirituality & Practice. They include specific ways to celebrate the season's soul. The S&P site also shares a short excerpt about the meaning of Santa Claus as a holy figure.

Spirituality & Practice profiles Thomas Moore in its Living Spiritual Teachers project.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Blogger responds to Moore's The Soul of Christmas

Tom Rapsas, "a blogger on issues related to everyday spirituality" shares reflections about Thomas Moore's new book, The Soul of Christmas in two blog posts with Patheos:

"Moving from the darkest of days to the light of Christmas"
8 December 2016

 "How to Become a Christmas Mystic — with One Simple Practice"
16 December 2016

Rapsas writes in the second post, "Moore points out that you don’t need to be a Christian or a member of any religion to do these things. 'You can be a natural, ordinary and unaligned mystic.' It also doesn’t mean fading away from your family and social obligations, but blending your mysticism with them by being both 'very human and very spiritual.'”

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Moore talks Christmas with Franciscan Media

Watch Franciscan Media's interview The Soul of Christmas with Thomas Moore on its Facebook page by scrolling down to Dec. 2. Then click Shop to purchase Moore's book and audio CD narrated by him for 50% off until Dec. 9. You may also download the free study guide for his book. The Soul of Christmas is a perfect gift for sharing the best of this solstice season.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Live Q&A about Christmas with Thomas Moore

Learn more about the soul of Christmas when Franciscan Media talks with Thomas Moore live in their Cincinnati studio on Friday 2 December, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Ask him about Christmas traditions and how to keep the Nativity spirit during the year. Visit Franciscan Media on Facebook for this live broadcast.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Giving at Christmas may help us be more loving

Franciscan Media shares Thomas Moore's new book The Soul of Christmas with an excerpt about "Gift-Giving as a Way of Life". The passage includes:
"Knowing the deeper importance of Christmas and the role of gifts in the philosophy and values of the festival might help keep gift-giving joyous and meaningful. How you imagine gifts makes all the difference. But you have to educate, train and practice a deeper way of giving. [. . .]
Giving from the Heart
If you have lost sight of the deep role of gift-giving at Christmas, wrap your presents in red, just to remind you of the heart. Give a gift that is meaningful to you and to the one receiving it. Embrace the giving and heart-centered spirit of Christmas, and don’t try to justify it through some abstract point of theology. Giving is the active theology appropriate to the festival."
Moore describes the "gift economy" in his own life and work throughout the year.

Moore is in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday 1 December 2016 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attend this free Meet the Author event to hear more about this book.

Monday, November 21, 2016

We need to learn about the world's inherent vitality

Last month Thomas Moore accepted the invitation to be first scholar-in-residence at Horizon House in Seattle, Washington.  According to "Horizon House Inspires Community to Rethink Aging", "The idea for the program was conceived by Horizon House resident George Nickelsburg, who organized the event along with the Rev. Linda Purdy, director of spiritual care."
"Moore presented four days of talks on topics ranging from aging to art, music, religion and spirituality...

Nickelsburg first met Moore while working at the University of Iowa as a religious studies professor. When he learned that Moore was working on a new book titled Aging With Soul, he knew the prominent author would be a perfect fit for the inaugural program.

Residents were invited to meet with Moore to discuss unfinished chapters of the book, which they studied during a four-week period before Moore arrived.

'There were a number of aha moments that were wonderful to watch,' Purdy says. 'They loved his authenticity, his strength of character. He respected what they had to teach him, but they also loved some of the new ideas he introduced.'"
"More than 500 guests attended the scholar-in-residence events. Purdy hopes that the program’s success will lead to similar events in the future."