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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mark's gospel stories full of mystery and fantasy

In his recent Patheos blog post, "Our Father in the Sky", Thomas Moore writes about his forthcoming The Book of Mark, published by Skylight Paths, available 1 October 2016:
"I have just finished my final revision of the Book of Mark and found the work even more exciting than Matthew. I discover new ideas every day in bold, imaginative theologians and literary critics. But as I write, I try to keep my own vision in mind and in the forefront. I’m speaking more about the commentary than the translation.

Mark has so much mystery and fantasy in his stories that I can’t wait to see my English version of his magical vision in print. Maybe that sounds rather egocentric, but it’s more the excitement of a translator. Translating can be a deeply fulfilling activity. The focus is on words, and if you love words, as I do, you enjoy shaping your words so that the original text can sing."
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GOSPEL The Book of Mark: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone
Author: Thomas Moore
Length: 176 pages
SkyLight Paths
1 October 2016   

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Moore offers fresh gospel translations for our times

Thomas Moores adds the post "Our Father in the Sky" to his blog Soul & Spirit at Patheos in which he describes translating the four gospels published by Skylight Paths Publishing in Vermont. GOSPEL The Book of Matthew is available now. A manuscript for The Book of Mark is complete. Moore writes:
"I had two primary goals in translation: one, to put certain key terms into fresh English words that I consider more accurately reflect the Greek terms and the spirit of the gospel; and two, to use simple, graceful, flowing English that is neither at all archaic sounding nor too modern colloquial.
It would take too many words to describe the gist of my approach, but let me just say that you won’t find certain familiar words, such as heaven, sin, truth or repent, or phrases such as raise the dead or even heal the sick."
Readers may also enjoy Moore's book, Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels (2009) published by Hay House.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Read Moore's initial blog posts at Patheos today

Today Thomas Moore inaugurates his blog, Soul & Spirit at Patheos with three posts:
"I’ve Been Called the “Soul Man” — Hello!"
"Genius Loci"
"Do Monks Have Sex?"

His introduction includes influences, teachers and traditions that infuse his views. He writes: "... I learn from the Gospels to use friendship at all its levels as the basis for interactions. I write from a beating heart and a fully engaged mind, aiming for words that are neither too heady nor too emotional. I hope to show you some of the portals to the holy that I have discovered in my life and in my studies, and I’d like to portray as well as I can how to live a life that is teeming with both soul and spirit."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Thomas Moore in Seattle, WA this October

Seattle First Baptist Church and Elliott Bay Book Company co-sponsor Thomas Moore's evening at the church starting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday 24 October, 2016 to talk about Aging with Soul. Scroll down this linked page for confirmation of this free event.

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98122

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Moore offers "Finding ground for your spirituality"

If you plan to be near Manchester, Connecticut on Saturday 11 June, 2016 register now for Thomas Moore's free lecture and discussion Finding Ground for Your Spirituality, starting at 7:00 p.m. This opportunity is presented by Saint Francis Hospital's Pastoral Counseling Training Program under the direction of Dr. Marcus M. McKinney.


153 West Vernon St.
Manchester, CT 06040.
Rev. Josh Pawelek, Pastor
To register please call (860) 646-5151 to leave your name and contact information. Seating is limited.

Barque coverage
8 Mar 2016 "Meet Thomas Moore in Manchester CT, June 11"

Friday, May 13, 2016

Thomas Moore to write new column at Patheos

This week in his Wake Up column at Patheos, "A 10-step guide to being 'spiritual but not religious'" Tom Rapsas shares Thomas Moore's keys for practising a religion of one's own. Moore initially posted these points on his own blog as "A Religion of One's Own", on 9 September 2013. According to Rapsas and Patheos, Thomas Moore soon writes a column called Soul & Spirit in its Spirituality Channel.

"If you are one of the many who consider themselves 'spiritual but not religious', this book is a must-read as it lays out a blueprint by which you can develop your own spiritual practice. This is important because if you are truly serious about your spirituality, a regular routine can enrich your spiritual awareness and strengthen your faith. This practice doesn’t just replace religion, it becomes your religion and an integral part of your life."
— Tom Rapsas

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Gospels show us how to live deeply and lovingly

"My intention ... is to release the Gospels from their narrow confinements and show how valuable they are today to anyone at all looking for insight into how to live deeply and lovingly." — Thomas Moore 
The Hingham Journal posts "Thomas Moore to speak May 12" for readers to attend Thomas Moore's free presentation at Glastonbury Abbey on Thursday 12 May starting at 7:15 p.m. He talks about his new book GOSPEL The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary, Jesus Spirituality for Everyone. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis in the Morcone Center, formerly the Glastonbury Abbey Conference Center, 20 Hull St., Hingham, Massachusetts. Donations are gratefully accepted.