The Forum with John Philip Newell

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of the day hosted by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral. This month, John Philip Newell was honored to be a guest on The Forum to discuss the inspiration and challenge of naturalist John Muir. Watch their entire conversation below. Thank you to Grace Cathedral for sharing!

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 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. Grace Cathedral invites 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.