Faith and Belief

This is the third of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for the final instalment of this wide-ranging interview to be published here later… Continue Reading »

LEAVING OUR MINDS, COMING TO OUR SENSES

Awakening always involves leaving our minds and coming to our senses. Awareness is the dynamic engine that drives this process. Awareness draws us into our bodies, puts us in touch with inner and outer realities, and mobilizes us… Continue Reading »

Non-Traditional Religion

The recent, rapid decline of religion in the West should not have been a surprise since it has been forecast since the Enlightenment. Some interpret the collapse of transcendence and rise of secularism as the death of God…. Continue Reading »

Healthy Religion

Not long ago I received an email from a young man who asked me how he could know which religion was right for him. It’s a question I am not used to hearing from people in their twenties or… Continue Reading »

Living from the Center

The French novelist, George Baranos, described sin as the patterned way of being in which we remain on the surface of life. Living on the surface is a great waste of life. Something in us remains asleep when… Continue Reading »

Spiritual – and Religious!

Many of my friends know something about me that they view as odd.  These people consider themselves to be spiritual but not religious (SBNR).  Most of them know that I am spiritual but, for those close enough to… Continue Reading »

Vulnerable, But Not Insignificant

In his controversial new book, Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton argues that while as an atheist he believes that religion is wrong in its dogma he also believes it has survived because it is right in much… Continue Reading »

Mysteries that Hold

Christians who are attentive to the Christian calendar that structures the year around the great mysteries of our faith are aware that we are now in the season of Lent. This season of preparation for Holy Week and… Continue Reading »

Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: An Interview

Dr. Donald Woodside is a recently retired psychiatrist with whom I worked closely for many years. But more than that, he has been a valued friend and spiritual companion. His spiritual journey draws together Christian faith with Buddhist… Continue Reading »

Soulless and Soulful Spirituality

Recently it has become fashionable to paint religion and spirituality with quite different brushes – religion being represented as dark and oppressive and spirituality as either benign or potentially life-enhancing.  As usual, reality is more complex.  While religion… Continue Reading »