The DeKoven Center is happy to announce poet, scholar, and teacher, The Rev. John Philip Newell, will give a talk in The Great Hall on Sunday, May 15.

Newell, formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, is currently Writer Theologian for the Scottish Cathedral of the Isles as well as Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Centre of Casa del Sol in New Mexico. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his best known titles Listening for the Heartbeat of God and his poetic book of prayer Sounds of the Eternal.

He is a Church of Scotland minister with a passion for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Canadian by birth, he lives in Edinburgh with his family where he undertook his doctoral research in Celtic Christianity. Since then he has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic in the re-birthing of a creation spirituality for today.

Newell’s public program is the fifth installment in DeKoven’s New Wine series, which aims to encourage different ways of looking at faith issues, within the context of today’s world.

Newell will speak at DeKoven on Sunday, May 15 beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. He will give an address and answer questions from the audience at 7 p.m. Guests may opt to spend the night in Taylor Hall with Newell and join him for breakfast on Monday morning.

A suggested donation of $50 is recommended for the New Wine dinner and Newell’s talk. There is an additional fee to stay overnight and meet Newell for breakfast on May 16. To register to see Newell contact Julia Peyton at:

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