During Wednesday evening of the 2015 Festival, we will be hosting an interfaith dialogue with poet, peacemaker, and scholar John Philip Newell and spiritual advisor Rabbi Ben Romer. The conversations are sure to be fruitful and engaging. You definitely won't want to miss this!
The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, author of The
Rebirthing of God, Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings is a poet, peacemaker, and scholar. In 2011 he received the Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC. John Philip divides his time between Edinburgh with his family where he does most of his writing and the United States of America where he teaches and preaches across the nation. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico where he and his wife spend their summers. John Philip, the co-founder of Heartbeat: A Journey Towards Earth's Wellbeing is an ordained Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Praying with the Earth, and A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul.
Rabbi Ben Romer is the Spiritual Advisor at Bonay Kodesh in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Prior to that Romer served as Rabbi at the Congregation Or Ami Synagogue. He studied at the Hebrew Union College Jewish institute of Religion in Jerusalem, Israel and got his undergraduate from the University of Michigan. He is married to Karen Romer.