Christ of the Celts

This 8-week series explores Celtic spirituality using John Philip Newell’s book Christ of the Celts as a guide. ( Supporting the author by purchasing the book ensures that scholars like him can continue their work. The author also has audio files of the book on YouTube which can be found here:

Topics to be covered coincide with the book’s chapters. The topics will be explored during Sunday worship at 10 am beginning May 3 AND in Zoom small group gathering on Wednesdays, 7-8 pm, beginning May 6.

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  • One: The Memory of the Song:  The Celtic image of Christ as the memory of what we have forgotten….the dance of the universe…the harmony deep within all things….Christ discloses to us the sacred root of our being and of all being
  • Two: A Forgotten Tune:  The doctrine of Original sin has fed discord within us and between us…it has given the impression that what is deepest within us is essentially opposed to God…in the Celtic tradition, Christ comes to remind us of the tune, not a strange tune that comes from afar but a deeply familiar tune that we have forgotten.
  • Three: The Rhythm of the Earth: The universe comes out of the womb of the Eternal…the ever-unfolding mystery of life in the cosmos.
  • Four: Empty Notes: The doctrine of creation ex nihilo is false teaching. Creation comes out of something God. . . Creation will be saved only if we learn to revere matter.
  • Five: The Sound of Love: The heartbeat of life is Love…the first and deepest sound within the unfolding cosmos. The whole cosmos is a self-giving God.
  • Six: Paying the Piper: The cross is not a type of blood sacrifice. This chapter takes on what is wrong with the substitutionary atonement theory.
  • Seven: The Hymn of the Universe: The cosmic song and personal song are intertwined. We are the soundings of God’s Song. Christ and creation are inseparably interwoven.
  • Eight: Broken Cadences: The doctrine of individual salvation is an obstacle. Wholeness does not come in isolation. It comes in relationship to the whole. My well-being can only come about in relation to the well-being of the whole, to other people, the creation, and all the life within.


An audio reading of the book Christ of the Celts

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