Sunday Forum: John Muir as Celtic Prophet

John Philip Newell on the John Muir Way in Scotland

Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

9:30 am

Tickets are free and open to all


Join John Philip Newell, celebrated author and teacher, on the inspiration and challenge of naturalist John Muir, for a Sunday morning forum at Grace Cathedral. John Philip will also preach at the 11 am service.

About the conversation

John Muir – naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist, co-founder of the Sierra Club and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States – exemplifies, according to author William Anderson, “the archetype of our oneness with the earth.”

In this conversation with Malcolm Clemens Young, John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, and one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world, re-examines Muir through Celtic Christianity, in which everything is essentially spirit, clothed upon with flesh, with leaves, with water, or that harder substance called rock.

About the guest

John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he now divides his time between Edinburgh, where he does most of his writing, and teaching on both sides of the Atlantic as well as leading international pilgrimage weeks on Iona.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day held at Grace Cathedral. They invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.