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Where in the World is Alan Jones, Ph.D, O.B.E.?

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Schedule 2012

February

Saturday 4th, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran, S.F.
Sunday 5th, 4:00 pm
All Saints Church, Palo Alto
Narrator
Haydn's Seven Last Words
New Esterhazy Quartet
www.newesterhazy.org

Friday, 17th- Sunday, 19th
Retreat Leader
La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara
Spirituality for a New Age with Dante as Guide
www.lacasademaria.org

Monday 27th-29th
Kanuga
Bowen Conference, 

Keynoter: Encore! Spirituality for Life's Second Act

March
Sunday, 25th
Jackson, Wy.
St. John’s Episcopal Church Jackson Hole
Preacher

Monday, 26th -27th
Clergy Conference

May
Wed. 2nd, Racine, Wisc.
DeKoven Center, New Wine 2012
Discovering the Shock of Christianity

June
Week 24rd-29th
Chautauqua
Chaplain and Preacher
www.ciweb.org

 

Schedule 2011

March
Furman University, Greenville, SC First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC


Jesuit Chaplaincy, University of Hawaii

April
National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
Holy Week and Easter 

Fromm Institute, San Francisco

Freedom and Its Counterfeits or The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


May 
Carmelite Monastery, Niagra Falls


June 
St. Cyprian Church, S.F.
www.saintcyprianssf.org
Wednesday, June 8th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
A forum with the Reverend Dr. Horace Griffin author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches.

October 

Friday, 7th - onwards broadcasts
National NPR Broadcast, Moderator
Commonwealth Club of California
A Forum: Finding Faith in the 21st Century
www.commonwealthclub.org/media/radio-schedule
for schedule details

Wednesday,  12th
Moderator for DebateDEEPAK CHOPRA and LEONARD MLODINOW: A Debate
The War of the Worldviews
Science Vs. Spirituality

Berkeley Arts & Letters @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way at Dana, Berkeley
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30)
Tickets $15; $32-$37 (includes book) in advance at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006
Book signing follows the program

Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist.  This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious -- but respectful -- clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.  

In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages—including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet–prophet of alternative medicine.”

LEONARD MLODINOW is a physicist at Caltech and the bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, and Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.


November 
Saturday, 5th, 2:00pm
Grace Cathedral
Preacher 

The Investiture of The Venerable Order of the Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

Tuesday 15th, 7:00pm
Ritz Carlton, S.F.
Delivering the Invocation
The Gala for Liberty
Honoring Lech Walesa

Sponsored by the Independent Institute, 

Sunday, 20th
St.Christopher's Philadelphia, PA
Preacher

Monday, 21st
Speaker
Preaching Conference
Philadelphia Theological Institute
www.philadelphiatheologicalinstitute.org


Schedule 2010

September 7
Guest lecturer at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, San Francisco

October 24
Weiser Lecture at Congregational Emanuel, San Francisco (see below)

November 4-7
Kanuga, NC
Medicine and Ministry Conference
The 39th annual Conference on Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person at Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, NC. 

December
Preaching at:

The Anglican Church Berlin, Germany

The Anglican Centre, Rome, Italy

The American Cathedral, Paris, France

Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, UK

_______________________________________________

The Very Reverend Alan W. Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral will present the Arthur G. Weiser Lecture for Interfaith Understanding

Sunday, October 24, 7:30 pm

Martin Meyer Sanctuary

The Scandal of God

"Ah! what a divine religion might be found if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith." (Shelley) We live in a world where there is too much faith of the damaging sort. True faith, linked to love, is always open to doubt. Miguel de Unamuno wrote, "Life is doubt. And faith without doubt is nothing but death." And St. John of the Cross, "In the end we shall be examined in love." That's it. That's the test of any religion; the test of atheism. It's the test of being human.

Our love of stories, novels, movies, adventures, even sit coms, reflects our quest for a narrative, a story to make sense of things. Stories play an important part in helping us interpret the world and simply get through the day. They provide the architecture of our thoughts and feelings.

But many of us, in spite of living inside a narrative, have swallowed the lie that science somehow is THE privileged language "the only language that's really, really true. We're not good at seeing that we all live inside a story" not necessarily a good one and that knowing what story's playing itself out inside us might help us move into a truer one. In an essay on The Burning Bush, George Steiner writes of the "ambiguous loftiness and terror of the unsayable." The God of Moses cannot be said, cannot be put into words. I am Who I am, I will be Who I will be. This is why we need stories "not to break the silence of the unsayable but to guard and preserve it".

This is the great biblical insight celebrated and misunderstood (and even betrayed) by both Christianity and Judaism. Literary critic Terry Eagleton refers to "The non-God or the anti-God of Scripture, who hates burnt offerings and acts of smug self-righteousness... the enemy of idols, fetishes, and graven images of all kinds -- gods, churches, ritual sacrifice, the Stars and Stripes, nations, sex, success, ideologies and the like." This is a scandal worth exploring -- a scandal absurd as it sounds -- leads to the ground on which we all stand -- a common and shared humanity.






Where in the World is Alan Jones, Ph.D, O.B.E.?

Picture
Schedule 2012

February

Saturday 4th, 4:00 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran, S.F.
Sunday 5th, 4:00 pm
All Saints Church, Palo Alto
Narrator
Haydn's Seven Last Words
New Esterhazy Quartet
www.newesterhazy.org

Friday, 17th- Sunday, 19th
Retreat Leader
La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara
Spirituality for a New Age with Dante as Guide
www.lacasademaria.org

Monday 27th-29th
Kanuga
Bowen Conference, 

Keynoter: Encore! Spirituality for Life's Second Act

March
Sunday, 25th
Jackson, Wy.
St. John’s Episcopal Church Jackson Hole
Preacher

Monday, 26th -27th
Clergy Conference

May
Wed. 2nd, Racine, Wisc.
DeKoven Center, New Wine 2012
Discovering the Shock of Christianity

June
Week 24rd-29th
Chautauqua
Chaplain and Preacher
www.ciweb.org

 

Schedule 2011

March
Furman University, Greenville, SC First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC


Jesuit Chaplaincy, University of Hawaii

April
National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
Holy Week and Easter 

Fromm Institute, San Francisco

Freedom and Its Counterfeits or The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


May 
Carmelite Monastery, Niagra Falls


June 
St. Cyprian Church, S.F.
www.saintcyprianssf.org
Wednesday, June 8th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
A forum with the Reverend Dr. Horace Griffin author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians And Gays in Black Churches.

October 

Friday, 7th - onwards broadcasts
National NPR Broadcast, Moderator
Commonwealth Club of California
A Forum: Finding Faith in the 21st Century
www.commonwealthclub.org/media/radio-schedule
for schedule details

Wednesday,  12th
Moderator for DebateDEEPAK CHOPRA and LEONARD MLODINOW: A Debate
The War of the Worldviews
Science Vs. Spirituality

Berkeley Arts & Letters @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way at Dana, Berkeley
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30)
Tickets $15; $32-$37 (includes book) in advance at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006
Book signing follows the program

Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist.  This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious -- but respectful -- clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.  

In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience.

DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages—including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is founder and president of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet–prophet of alternative medicine.”

LEONARD MLODINOW is a physicist at Caltech and the bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace, and Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life. He also wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in South Pasadena, California.


November 
Saturday, 5th, 2:00pm
Grace Cathedral
Preacher 

The Investiture of The Venerable Order of the Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

Tuesday 15th, 7:00pm
Ritz Carlton, S.F.
Delivering the Invocation
The Gala for Liberty
Honoring Lech Walesa

Sponsored by the Independent Institute, 

Sunday, 20th
St.Christopher's Philadelphia, PA
Preacher

Monday, 21st
Speaker
Preaching Conference
Philadelphia Theological Institute
www.philadelphiatheologicalinstitute.org


Schedule 2010

September 7
Guest lecturer at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, San Francisco

October 24
Weiser Lecture at Congregational Emanuel, San Francisco (see below)

November 4-7
Kanuga, NC
Medicine and Ministry Conference
The 39th annual Conference on Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person at Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, NC. 

December
Preaching at:

The Anglican Church Berlin, Germany

The Anglican Centre, Rome, Italy

The American Cathedral, Paris, France

Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, UK

_______________________________________________

The Very Reverend Alan W. Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral will present the Arthur G. Weiser Lecture for Interfaith Understanding

Sunday, October 24, 7:30 pm

Martin Meyer Sanctuary

The Scandal of God

"Ah! what a divine religion might be found if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith." (Shelley) We live in a world where there is too much faith of the damaging sort. True faith, linked to love, is always open to doubt. Miguel de Unamuno wrote, "Life is doubt. And faith without doubt is nothing but death." And St. John of the Cross, "In the end we shall be examined in love." That's it. That's the test of any religion; the test of atheism. It's the test of being human.

Our love of stories, novels, movies, adventures, even sit coms, reflects our quest for a narrative, a story to make sense of things. Stories play an important part in helping us interpret the world and simply get through the day. They provide the architecture of our thoughts and feelings.

But many of us, in spite of living inside a narrative, have swallowed the lie that science somehow is THE privileged language "the only language that's really, really true. We're not good at seeing that we all live inside a story" not necessarily a good one and that knowing what story's playing itself out inside us might help us move into a truer one. In an essay on The Burning Bush, George Steiner writes of the "ambiguous loftiness and terror of the unsayable." The God of Moses cannot be said, cannot be put into words. I am Who I am, I will be Who I will be. This is why we need stories "not to break the silence of the unsayable but to guard and preserve it".

This is the great biblical insight celebrated and misunderstood (and even betrayed) by both Christianity and Judaism. Literary critic Terry Eagleton refers to "The non-God or the anti-God of Scripture, who hates burnt offerings and acts of smug self-righteousness... the enemy of idols, fetishes, and graven images of all kinds -- gods, churches, ritual sacrifice, the Stars and Stripes, nations, sex, success, ideologies and the like." This is a scandal worth exploring -- a scandal absurd as it sounds -- leads to the ground on which we all stand -- a common and shared humanity.