I’m delighted to be part of the Fall 2019 reading series run by the Marin Poetry Center. On Thursday Sept 19th, I’ll be reading, alongside the wonderful Matthew Siegel. This event is free and open to the public. You can get more details here.
I’m delighted to be part of the ‘We Together’ diocesan conference happening on Vancouver Island in September. The theme is Peace Comes Dropping Slow. For more information, click here.
I’m delighted to be in residence at Peter Rollins’ Spark Festival this October (13-17). Spark is a five-day bespoke retreat that is carefully crafted to help spark peoples creative potential. This is not designed to help you briefly escape your everyday life, but rather is curated to help you find the tools and inspiration that will enable you to make positive changes in your everyday life.
Pete is an old friend, and has been an extraordinary support and encourager to me over the years. I’m really looking forward to opportunities to be part of this festival. We’ll both be making time to meet with folks to talk about their creative processes, talk editing, talk storytelling, talk delivery and craft.
All details available here: https://peterrollins.com/spark
I’ll be offering a day-retreat at St. Mark’s Church in Sheffield on October 19 this year. Booking here.
Spending time with the Book of Ruth.
The Book of Ruth is an extraordinary book from the Hebrew bible. In it, the lives of two displaced women are explored. They are both border-crossers. They are both workers. They are both in need. They are both widows. They look after each other and navigate their safety in a climate that wasn’t always friendly.
This book tells us so much: it speaks of the political power of kindness. It also speaks of fortitude and determination and grit. This is a biblical book that has a message for all, at all times of life. It is about borders and famine and food and friendship. It is about women and it is about the rules of men. It is about power. And it is about pain. Together we will read this book, exploring its messages and story and brilliance.
I’ll be preaching the morning service at St. Mark’s on Sunday 20th October.
LECTURE at Pendle Hill: “Poetry and Prayer; poems to deepen the language of the heart”. Monday October 28 (start time to be confirmed, but probably 6.30 or 7pm). Check pendlehill.org for details.
In times of trouble, we look for comfort: comfort in action, in protest, in change, in language and in shared experiences. This evening will explore poems to deepen the language of the heart during troubling times. Using poems from his own works, as well as poems from others, Pádraig Ó Tuama will explore poetry’s capacity to enlargen the heart, to deepen courage, to name truths, and to speak the deepest desires of the heart.
Poets Speaking Back to Catholicism
Tuesday, October 29th, 7 pm, Foley Center
Pádraig Ó Tuama, Irish poet and theologian,and Marie Howe, American poet and former poet laureate of the state of New York, will do a reading of their poetry and discuss the intersection of language and religion, and the transformative power of poetry.
I’ll be giving the Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature — entitled Set my Tongue on Fire — at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale in November. The event is free, and there is no registration needed. More details on the ISM event page.
Enormous thanks to staff at ISM and the trustees of the fund for this opportunity.
Geestdrift is a daylong festival of arts in the Pieterskerk at the Pieterskerkhof in Utrecht. It’s extraordinary. I was there a few years ago and loved it, so I was thrilled to be invited back. The website — and much of the festival — is in Dutch, but there are some English events and there is also a helpful English language section on the website.
In this residential weekend at Sarum College in England, we will approach Gospel texts through slant angles, allowing the queer, marginal and silenced voices to speak, to hold their own, and to engage in a theological project of truthtelling.
I will be in conversation with Scot Sherman from the Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco on Wed, September 18, 2019 between 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Under the theme “In the Shelter of Each Other” we will discuss practices from the Irish context that are about community, peace, dialogue, argument and mis/understanding. This is part of the ‘Conversations for the Common Good’ series of Newbigin House of Studies.
I am delighted to take part in a poetry event reading — Words Beyond Words — on Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 5:00pmto 7:00pm at the Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
The evening will include a reading of select poems responding to the theme of sacred texts, as illustrated in CARe's 2019 Fall exhibition, Beyond Words. Acclaimed poet and pastor Rev. Nate Klug lead discussion on the ways in which faith relates to poetry and the creative process. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
This event is free and open to the public. More details here.
I’ll be one of the speakers at the September 11th event of “The Quality of Mercy” at St. Martin in the Fields in London alongside Brian McLaren and Anna Carter Florence. Entrance is free. More details here.
The delicious people at Canterbury Press / Hymns Ancient and Modern are once again running the Festival of Preaching in Oxford in England from 8th-10th September. I’ll be speaking, as well as leading some evening some sessions of Irish chanting, together with poetry and prayers. Full programme and links to booking can be found through this link.
Gladstone’s Library is legendary, and their Gladfest festival of reading and thinking and writing and listening and talking is wondrous. I’m beyond thrilled to be part of it for 2019. You can find the full line-up here and find booking details here.
I’m delighted to be one of the keynote speakers at the Reconciling Realities in Religious Education Conference organised by the European Forum for Teachers of Religious Education.
This conference takes place in Dublin this coming August. Information and booking are available through the links above. I will be speaking about how religious education can be used as a tool for mutual dialogue and understanding in places — like Ireland and Britain — where historical narratives continue into contemporary discord.
I’m delighted to be part of the team on the Burren Executive Leadership Retreat this August in County Clare. This retreat centres around some key questions:
What does it mean to grow myself to successfully meet the challenges I am facing?
Where are my peers; other leaders actively seeking their next horizon?
What role can we play in evolving leadership to meet the needs of the future?
I’ll be doing an evening of poetry, music and reflection with the magnificent Owen Ó Súilleabháin at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo on August 8th from 6pm -9pm.
It’ll open up with a poetic event reflecting on the Celtic season of Lúnasadh, followed by poetry and song from myself and Owen. You can buy tickets here.
I’m thrilled to offer a class at the Glen Workshop, run by the delicious folks at Image Journal, in July 2019 in New Mexico, USA. The Glen Workshop is a weeklong gathering that’s equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. The class I’ll be offering is called ‘Poetry and Preaching’.
I adore the Solas Festival and am thrilled to be back there again this year. In a new location, the Solas festival will be the usual mix of its own brilliance: music, hay bales, social justice, fair trade, poetry, interviews, literature, spirituality, haggis, sessions missed because you’re talking to brilliant people, joy and delight. I can’t imagine not being there. Tickets here.
The delicious people of Wee Wonder Box at the Iona Community are at it again. COlumbafest from 7-9 June - a weekend of discussion, poetry, stories, ceilidh, political talk, theological talk, pints and brilliance. I love being part of this wee festival.
The Revd Barbara Brown Taylor in conversation with Pádraig Ó Tuama
Sunday 26th May, 7pm Fitzroy Church.
(At 5.15pm there will be a short ‘Corrymeela in the City’ reflective service in Fitzroy. You are welcome to come to this event in advance)
Event cost: FREE. donation accepted; books also available.
Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
I’m delighted to partner with Spiritual Care Australia in running a morning of professional development for Chaplains and Spiritual Care workers (from healthcare, prison chaplaincy, hospice and in/out patient facilities, community chaplaincy, pastoral work). This event will be at the Uniting College in Adelaide.
We will explore some of the dynamics of conflict that are inherent to the work of pastoral care, and consider — using conflict theory and story and some poems — how to support ourselves and our colleagues and our work in using this conflict for the good. You can register here.
It’s a delight to be part of the circle of artists Julie Perrin and Christina Rowntree in Melbourne. Both engaged deeply in the way that story, art and public life intersect, they have kindly asked if I’d offer a few Storywork session in Melbourne on Thursday 9th May and Friday 10th May. These sessions are standalone. On the 11th May, I’m thrilled to be part of launching Julie Perrin’s new book Tender.
The delicious folks at Queenscliff UCA run an annual festival of diversity: bringing voices of LGBT people, indigenous people, folks seeking asylum, folks engaged in projects to do with sustainability and wellbeing together for a weekend of music, poetry, storytelling, reflection, space, damned fine food and damneder fine company. I’m thrilled to be part of it again. Check out the programme and registration.
I’m delighted to speak at the Awaken gathering in Auckland from 15-17 February. Awaken is a gathering for LGBTI Christians. You can find more details of how to book on their website.
A retreat in a day led by Pádraig Ó Tuama and Simon Harger-Forde and hosted by the Auckland Spiritual Community in collaboration with the Corrymeela Community.
‘Saved by the Secular’
I’m delighted to give a public lecture on the evening of Monday 11th February at Stirling College, part of the Melbourne University of Divinity. The event starts at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, and the cost is $10 ($8 concession). This event is co-hosted by Spiritual Care Australia.
I will be one of the presenters at the Melbourne University of Divinity’s “"Theology and the Arts” gathering from 11-20 February 2019. I’ll be doing presentations on the morning and afternoon of the 11th February at Whitley College. Flyer is here and you can get more information (and apply) here.
I’m delighted to be part of a conference — Spirituality in Untrusting Waters — in Sydney, Australia in February 2019. The conference is a collaborative initiative of Uniting, Wesley Mission, Uniting Theological College and The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT. Links are here and you can email for registration on pastoralstrength[@]uniting.org
An Advent Urban retreat with the Wild Goose collective at the Iona Community Offices in Glasgow exploring some of the lyrics and music of Leonard Cohen. Friday 30th Nov from 7pm-9pm, Saturday 1st December from 9am-4pm. For more information (and booking) click here.
I'm delighted to do a poetry reading with the Inclusive Drinks group in London.
Inclusive Drinks is supportive social group for anyone in the Southwark Cathedral community. This poetry event will meet in the Millenium Courtyard at Southwark Cathedral, on 23 August, just after evensong, at about 6.15-ish. It's free -- the eventbrite page for the event is here.
I'm doing a reading for the Belfast Book Festival at the Crescent Arts Centre on Wednesday 11th June at 6.30pm. The readings will (mostly) come from 'Sorry for your Troubles' - it should be a lovely night, we'll have some time for listening as well as talking.
I'm delighted to be going back to London this June (Friday evening 6th June - Sunday 8th June) to lead a retreat with the Moot community. This retreat - called 'Human Encounter in the Gospels' - will look at human interaction in the gospel texts, and consider these accounts through various lenses: the lens of literary analysis, the lens of prayer and the lens of our own lives.