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Friday, December 09, 2005

Leading a spiritual life in a secular world


Seeking the Sacred: Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World will be available in April, 2006. Contributors to the book participated in a speaking series held in Toronto (2004 - 2005), led by Mary Joseph, a lawyer and United Church minister. Joseph wanted to explore new forms of expression at sacred gatherings:
"A new group that shuns the trappings of traditional, organized religion yet brings people together in an atmosphere of personal spiritual discovery has officially launched in Toronto with its first speakers series. Seekers' Dialogue offers a unique spiritual experience designed to elicit a closer relationship with God, outside of the more formal religious settings currently offered. It is a thoughtful, new approach that provides an alternative to traditional Christian worship services."
Toronto's historic Metropolitan United Church was the venue for the series.

Thomas Moore, author of Dark Nights of the Soul, was the initial speaker for the series and spoke about "The Quest." Roméo Dallaire is the author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. It won the 2004 Governor General's Award for nonfiction. Stephen Lewis is the Canadian Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and wrote Race Against Time, the basis for this year's Massey Lecture. Lewis served as the Canadian ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988. Marion Woodman is the author of Coming Home to Myself, Conscious Femininity, Dancing in the Flames, and The Ravaged Bridegroom. Martin Rutte wrote Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work.

The book's Preface is by Mary Joseph and Tom Harpur has contributed the Foreword.

Available 28 April 2006
Seeking the Sacred:
Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World

Paperback: 175 pages
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1550227246

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