Press Release for Monday, February 5, 2007

Author/Scholar Discusses Celtic Spirituality at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Irish Studies at the University of North Florida presents J. Philip Newell, Celtic spirituality scholar, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the Robinson Theater on the UNF campus. He will discuss “The Sacredness of Nature and the Medicine of Grace: A Celtic Perspective.” This event is free and open to the public.

Newell, author, scholar and teacher, is one of the world’s leading authorities on Celtic spirituality. Canadian by birth, he is a Church of Scotland minister and works with other faiths to encourage interfaith dialogue.

He is a former Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland. Currently, Newell is a writer theologian for the Scottish Cathedral of the Isles as well as the companion theologian for the American Spirituality Centre of Casa del Sol in New Mexico.

Newell has authored several books, including “Listening for the Heartbeat of God,” “Celtic Prayers from Iona” and his poetic book of prayer “Sounds of the Eternal.” He has also fused elements of Celtic spirituality with music. Newell’s CD, “Sounds of the Eternal: Meditative Chants and Prayers,” features chants and prayers with Jewish mystical and Celtic Christian roots.

For more information about this event, contact Irish Studies Program Director Richard Bizot at (904) 620-1272 or by e-mail at