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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Moore speaks at Glenstal Abbey in new year

Thomas Moore will be in Limerick, Ireland from 31 January to 3 February 2010, talking about "Spirit and Soul" at Glenstal Abbey. He offers a public lecture on Sunday 31 January 2010 at 4 p.m. in the library. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Please email if you'd like to attend.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 features Moore's 2010 events

Thomas Moore updates his site’s Events page with a listing of public appearances in 2010. There is still an opportunity to hear Moore speak this month on Nov. 22 in Tampa Florida at Hay House’s I Can Do It! Conference. Moore is in Ireland and Florida during February 2010, before his session at Kripalu in March. Check the Barque sidebar for event links as they become available.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Moore ponders care of the soul in this century

Thomas Moore is the keynote speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s 2009 Convocation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. On Thursday 12 November, Rev. Cynthia Landrum, Minister of the Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty in Clarklake, Michigan, blogs "Thomas Moore vs. the New Atheists? Buy Me Tickets!":
"So I'm here at the UUMA Convocation, and the keynote speaker this morning was Thomas Moore.

What I took from what Thomas Moore shared with us is that there is a divorce in American culture between science and religion, which is the split between mind/intellect and soul. There's nothing surprising in that idea, of course. But Thomas Moore put it simply pointedly, saying (or this is my interpretation of what he said) that most people stop developing their idea of God as children, and the ideas of God put out there the most in our culture are essentially the God we learn at age 6 or 7. Now, reflecting a bit on what he said, imagine if you stopped your understanding of what math is or literature is or science is or medicine is at age 6 or 7. Why do we think that this childhood idea of God is sufficient? My own question is why do even ministers support, uphold, even preach this childish idea of God?"
Rev. Landrum continues with a discussion of "New Atheists" and Moore’s willingness to debate them.

The same day, Rev. Sam Trumbore who is with the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, also blogs about Moore’s presentation in "Caring for and about the soul" for Albany’s site. After describing Moore’s introduction of Nicolas of Cusa [c. 1401-1464], Rev. Trumbore suggests,
"When we talk about God, we rub up against our ignorance. That ignorance, however, is holy and needs to be honored rather than expunged. This is our post-modern perspective, realizing the limits of our knowing and having to make accommodations for this reality.

Even though Moore was lecturing to us, he didn’t want for us to walk away adopting his ideas uncritically. He claimed that his purpose was not to persuade us of anything. He cautioned us about converting people to anything. Better for us to lead people into their own lives and help them find their own answers – the UU way.

Yet each of us has our own fundamentalisms we want to foist on each other and convert others. Better to let go of such intentions and let the engagement of dialogue do the holy enlightening work all by itself."
Today Rev. Trumbore covers the convocation in his post, "The Need to Care for the Soul" in which he describes Moore’s talk yesterday morning. He writes that Moore values friendship, nourishing food, beauty and a sense of home as contributions to soul.
"Moore talked about one of my favorite Greek philosophers Epicurus. He made the connection with food as nourishment for the soul. Interestingly, Jesus spent a lot of time dealing with food. Changing water into wine is a very Epicurean thing to do after all. Jesus feeds 5000. And what about the Last Supper? In the Road to Emmaus story, Jesus is recognized when he breaks bread. Interesting to look at Jesus as a fellow traveler with Epicurus.

Moore talked about the importance of home to the soul. Our bodies need a place where they feel secure. Even if that is a chair in a restaurant or a park bench. We have a need for beauty, an aesthetic sense that generates pleasure. The arts are important sources of soul food. All forms of pleasure are nourishing to the soul. Moore differentiated passing pleasures from deep pleasures that had enduring satisfaction."
Rev. Trumbore shares,"It was here that the distinction between soul and spirit becomes most clear. The spirit focuses on that which transcends the body. The soul has no interest in transcendence. The soul wants to be here now, to be alive, vital and present." Convocation 2009 concludes tomorrow.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hay House features Moore at two 2010 events

Hay House promotes its I Can Do It! 2010 – San Diego event, to be held May 14 to 16, 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center. Thomas Moore is a featured author in a concurrent workshop on Sunday May 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Barque will include a description of Moore’s presentation in a future post.

Moore is also to appear at the I Can Do It! 2010 – Toronto event, May 27 to 30, 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Moore’s concurrent workshop is Sunday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information about this session will be shared when it’s available.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Moore offers Marco Island program in February

Thomas Moore presents his week-long "Spirituality and Care of the Soul in Psychotherapy" program for the New England Educational Institute on Marco Island, Florida from February 15 to 19, 2010. This symposium is "designed for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, primary care physicians, counselors, nurses and allied mental health professionals."

Early Registration:
Postmarked before December 1, 2009 - $499 U.S.
Late Registration:
Postmarked after December 1, 2009 - $575 U.S.

•Healing the whole person: Body-Soul-Spirit
•Herakleitos: depth and flow
•Jung and the archetype of healing

•Psychological and spiritual counseling
•Hillman revisions Jung
•Asklepios and the role of dreams
•Spirituality in everyday life
•Spirituality and the religious traditions

•Creating a healing environment
•Psychotherapy as opus and vessel
•Not splitting healer-patient archetype
•The wounded healer
•The model of the Healing Buddha

•The shadow side of being a healer
•Money, sex, power, insecurity, burn-out
•Archetypes of charlatan, magician, parent, all-knowing expert
•Dealing with shadow
•Spiritual teachings on sacred ignorance
•Magritte, Beckett, Erasmus

•Spiritual and emotional support for the healer
•Caring for the healer's soul and spirit
•Education for the deep, spiritual role of healer
•What traditional healers can teach the modern healer
•Nature and friendship
•Gospel spirituality
•The Epicurean life

Register online through the NEEI site. Continuing education credits are available.

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