John Phillip Newell

The Revd 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 GodPraying with the Earth, and A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul.

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