What can I do as an individual?
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by Brian McLaren
1w ago
People who have not yet finished my new book Life After Doom might want to “cut to the chase” and ask, “What can I do as an individual about our current situation of multi-crisis, including (but not limited to) climate change and ecological overshoot?” Those who read (or listen to) the whole book will understand why this question has many dimensions to it, and “cutting to the chase” can actually be a form of bypassing some needed understandings and change in us. In other words, how can I change the situation? can unintentionally lead us to miss this question: how can I change so I bring a bett ..read more
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Life After Doom: Resources for Audiobook Listers, and for Groups and Individuals
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by Brian McLaren
2w ago
In Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart, I offer a “Dear Reader” section at the end of each chapter. It can be used by individuals for reflection, journaling (written or audio), and other forms of contemplative engagement. It can also be used to as a resource for reading groups. (See also Appendix 2, available below.) You can download the Dear Reader section for each chapter here: Dear Reader PDF The print version of Life After Doom contains 6 appendices. Three of them are not well suited to an audiobook format, so we are making those appendices available here for folk ..read more
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I’ll be at Greenbelt Festival this August – see you there? #GB24 
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by Brian McLaren
2M ago
Greenbelt Website Link: https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/ Ticket link: https://www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets/ Instagram: @greenbeltfestival – https://www.instagram.com/greenbeltfestival/ Facebook: Greenbelt Festival – https://www.facebook.com/GreenbeltFestival X: @greenbelt – https://twitter.com/greenbelt Youtube: @greenbeltfestival – https://www.youtube.com/@greenbeltfestival #GB24  The post I’ll be at Greenbelt Festival this August – see you there? #GB24  first appeared on Brian McLaren ..read more
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Friends in and around Guelph and London, Ontario, Canada!
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by Brian McLaren
2M ago
I’ll be speaking in your neighborhood on May 10 and 11, 2024. I hope you can come! (PS: These are the only scheduled events in Canada where I’ll be speaking about my new book, Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart.   For information on the Guelph lecture the evening of May 10, see https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/life-after-doom-an-evening-with-brian-mclaren-tickets-828450256017 University of Guelph, Stone Road East, Guelph, ON, Canada 50 Stone Road East Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 Canada   For information on the London lectures on May 11, see https://wesleyknox.com/mcla ..read more
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Feasting and Fasting
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by Brian McLaren
2M ago
My friend Jim Burklo sent this gem … Let us feast on simple pleasures, and fast from all that gets our bodies and souls out of balance. Let us feast on kindness, and fast from sarcasm. Let us feast on compassion, and fast from holding grudges. Let us feast on patience, and fast from anxiety. Let us feast on peace, and fast from stirring up needless conflict. Let us feast on acceptance, and fast from judgment. Let us feast on joy, and fast from jealousy. Let us feast on faith, and fast from fear. Let us feast on creativity, and fast from all that deadens our souls. Let us feast on social justic ..read more
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“I Do Not Walk on Water” (a poem)
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by Brian McLaren
3M ago
In passing, I shared this poem as part of a delightful online class with John Dominic Crossan and Tripp Fuller. Several participants asked for the poem. You can watch past and future class sessions here: http://www.crossanclass.com/. +++++ I do not walk on water Except in winter, When ice makes the miracle more natural. To me, these days, natural miracles are better, Signifying lessons to live rather than shortcuts to take, A more subtle yet more real magic. For me, nature is already as supernatural As it needs to be. The simplest, humblest things — Green moss on grey rock, Spotted turtle bask ..read more
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Happy Thanksgiving, 2023!
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by Brian McLaren
3M ago
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! This table grace has been meaningful for me for the last few years:   For this breath, for this heartbeat For this meal with these companions For the web of life of which we’re part We give thanks with all our heart.   For sun and rain, for soil and season, For ocean, mountain, forest, meadow, For the web of life of which we’re part We give thanks with all our heart.   For all to whom this food connects us From field and farm to store and table For the web of life of which we’re part We give thanks with all our heart.   For bread and wi ..read more
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Ordering my two most recent books for groups …
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by Brian McLaren
3M ago
If you are leading a group study of Faith After Doubt or Do I Stay Christian?, the best way to order multiple copies is through Porchlight. They offer significant discounts: Faith After Doubt https://www.porchlightbooks.com/product/faith-after-doubt-why-your-beliefs-stopped-working-and-what-to-do-about-it–brian-d-mclaren/isbn/9781250828378 Do I Stay Christian? https://www.porchlightbooks.com/product/do-i-stay-christian-a-guide-for-the-doubters-the-disappointed-and-the-disillusioned–brian-d-mclaren/isbn/9781250262790 I’ll post information about my May 2024 release, Life After Doom, when it’s ..read more
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Letters from Ukraine: “Treasures for the Heart”
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by Brian McLaren
3M ago
About 30 years ago, a pastor moved as a missionary to Ukraine to minister there. When the war broke out, he and his wife could have left, but their hearts told them to stay. Last year, he wrote asking if he could translate parts of my book We Make the Road by Walking into Ukrainian for his congregation. I found what he wrote so moving that I asked permission to share selections with you. We need glimpses of the human experience in war-torn places in our world, whether Ukraine, Gaza, wherever. Every person, every child, every family … precious human beings, beloved and fragile and of immeasurab ..read more
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Bulk Ordering My Books
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by Brian McLaren
3M ago
If you have a book group or large event and you are planning to order my books in bulk, here’s what I recommend. First, if you have a local independent bookseller, I hope you’ll ask them for help. Often, they can give you a discount of 5 to 15% for less than 25 books, and a larger discount for 25 or more books, and if you pick the books up, you save shipping charges. If you’re looking for an independent book store that handles bulk sales, here’s a contact in the Eastern, Central, and Western zone of the US: RJ Julia (Connecticut) – juliearriens@rjjulia.com Watermark (Kansas) – rebek ..read more
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