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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Attend Moore's full day workshop at Meridian U.

Meridian University hosts Crafting Your Own Religion: A Day with Thomas Moore on Saturday 18 January 2014 to introduce Moore's new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

"In this day of discovery and renewal, we will gather the elements of our own religion into a personal practice that will allow us to have a deeper sense of community with all beings.
These elements will include:
• selecting our own sacred texts,
• making our own calendar of  'holy' days,
• deciding on specific ways to be contemplative,
• developing effective methods of intuition,
• finding work that has meaning to soul and spirit,
• exploring the pluses and minuses of the way we were brought up spiritually,
• reconciling a rich worldly life with a deep spiritual way,
• learning from monks and nuns, ways of making spirituality a 24/7 life, and
• considering ways to transform this vision and practice into service."

Date: Saturday 18 January, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Meridian University, 47 Sixth Street,
Petaluma, California
Cost: $70
Register online.

CE Certificate Cost (optional): $30.00
CE's available for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, RN, and Psychologist

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Cultivate an approach of religious uncertainty

Spirituality & Health magazine offers Thomas Moore’s November-December column, "A Faith Beyond Belief", for online reading. Moore writes:
"Spiritual people often are obsessed with having something to believe in, something to be proud of, something that sets them apart. They want to attain a stage of understanding, a level of wisdom or perfection, and they’d like to possess the truth. They consider their list of beliefs precious and give special honor to their teacher and their local community of fellow believers. They’d like to see miracles and will even travel great distances to check out the new appearance of a saint. Many spiritual people hold on to their faith as a thing, while the most refined teachings often recommend developing a taste for nothing."
Moore considers this "taste for nothing" and images of emptiness in this piece:
"I 'cultivate my ignorance' about spiritual matters, a lesson I learned from my favorite theologian, Nicholas of Cusa, who said each of us should pursue our own unique form of spiritual ignorance, our own ways of shedding the need to know everything. I also cultivate uncertainty and the sense of belonging to every and no community or tradition. Paradoxically, this letting go intensifies my faith and makes me more religious."
He suggests, "When you relax the heroic tendency to know everything and to possess wisdom and belong to the right community, then you have a chance of seeing something really important. You might glimpse the divinity within nature, the sacred in other people, and the holy core of your own self."

Friday, December 20, 2013

Moore offers free book launch in Albuquerque

Read about Thomas Moore's appearance in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday 21 January 2014: "Bookworks Hosts Thomas Moore at the Center for Spiritual Living".
"Bookworks is partnering with the Center for Spiritual Living to host Mr. Moore, whose new book will be published by Penguin Books in January 2014. "I am deeply inspired by Thomas Moore and his thoughts on the soul's great. The Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living is so very pleased to host this event with Bookworks," says Reverend Andrew Groves of the Center for Spiritual Living.
Groves will introduce Moore at a free event at the Center for Spiritual Living at 2801 Louisiana Blvd NE. Moore's new book and backlist titles will be for sale at the event, and a portion of proceeds will be donated back to the Center for Spiritual Living. Doors open at 6 and Mr. Moore's talk starts at 7pm, with a book signing to follow."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Golf with Moore in Limerick Ireland, May 2014

Specialty Golf Trips announces its 2014 package Golf with Thomas Moore at Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland from 26 -30 May 2014:
"The objective of this event is aimed at deepening your pleasure at golf, including the deeper meaning of sport and golf while increasing your appreciation for the natural settings of your surroundings. You will also learn to relax more and deal with anxieties, take advantage of the social aspects of the game and to treat it as fun and as a spiritual practice."
If you don't golf, the event includes alternative leisure activities.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thomas Moore in Albuquerque, January 21

Bookworks, a local and independent bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico hosts Thomas Moore on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living starting at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Moore talks about his new book A Religion of One's Own:  A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living
2801 Louisiana Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Friday, December 06, 2013

Copperfield's Books supports Moore's book tour

Thomas Moore's California book tour for A Religion of One's Own includes events sponsored by Copperfield's Books at different locations on various dates.
Tuesday 14 January 2014 7:00 p.m. 
Thomas Moore: A Religion of One's Own
Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Highway N.
Sebastopol, California

Thursday 16 January 2014 7:00 p.m. 
Thomas Moore: A Religion of One's Own
Copperfield's Books
850 4th Street
San Rafael, California

Friday 17 January 2014 7:00 p.m.
A Spiritual Evening with Thomas Moore
Lincoln Theater
100 California Dr.
Yountville, California
$20 General admission
$40 Admits one, includes book
$50 Admits one, includes book and VIP reception at 6:00 p.m. (limited)
Buy tickets online now.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Listen to Moore in Menlo Park on Jan. 15

In Menlo Park, California, Kepler’s Books hosts Thomas Moore on Wednesday 15 January at 7:30 p.m. as he talks about his new book, A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.

Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Telephone: 650-324-4321

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Let's welcome and discover our need for depth

Next month’s release of A Religion of One’s Own prompts Thomas Moore’s blog post today, "Announcing the Birth of a New Book". Maintaining the ten-point summary format, Moore clarifies themes he discusses in his new book. Some of his observations:

“2. We don’t need more of the vague “spirituality” that has been a dominant theme for a while now. We need a new kind of religion, rising out of personal discovery, shared wherever we can share it.”
“6. It makes no sense to generate a secularist society to ensure people’s freedom of religion and non-religion. Better to appreciate and welcome all forms of deep spiritual thought and sensibility.”
“8. We need a religious spirit that leaves behind former masochistic anti-pleasure, anti-sexual, and anti-erotic anxieties.”

Read Moore’s post. Then please order the book.