Jim Conlon is a beloved poet, priest, educator and friend of the earth. His many books soulfully explore the connections between science, faith, and the sacred wisdom of our ancestors.
Becoming Planetary People (May 2016)
Becoming Planetary People (Trowbridge & Tintera, 2016), carries forward Thomas Berry’s project of infusing the scientific version of our origins with the poetry and majesty of ritualized religion. The book adds to the growing chorus attempting to incorporate the beating heart of the “new story” into the theological body of classical Christianity. In this sense, the title of the book, “becoming planetary people,” can be seen as an updating of the concept of “catholic”—a word that no longer automatically carries its own original meaning of “universal.” LEARN MORE
Sacred Butterflies: Poems, Prayers and Practices (Wyndham Hall, 2013). The sacred practice of composing poems and prayers is a gateway to another, freer, mode of understanding. With this collection of spiritual verse, Conlon invites us to activate our innate, God-given creativity. Leading by example, Jim calls readers to create a dynamic integration of their interior lives and the everyday world, to be poets, priests and politicians themselves. When the path forward seems clouded and unclear, Jim counsels us to put pen to paper, to tap into our inner muse, for guidance and direction. LEARN MORE
Invisible Excursions: A Compass for the Journey (Wyndham Hall, 2012). The most autobiographical of Jim's books, Invisible Excursions shows the mysterious workings of the Spirit in Jim's life--how he was lead from a sure career in the energy business to being an energetic protector of the earth's resources. Throughout the narrative, Jim uses the twists and turns of his own life to shed light on the universal call to holiness, compassion, and passionate faith. LEARN MORE
Beauty, Wonder and Belonging: A Book of Hours for the Monastery of the Cosmos (Wyndham Hall, 2009, revised 2013). Explore the wider horizons of your human experience. This new edition invites the reader to engage in the rhythms of the day to explore the mystery of the divine and the human experience unfolding within the universe. Stepping over the threshold of each dawn and dusk, our origin story reveals our sacred purpose within the Great Work. LEARN MORE
From the Stars to the Street: Engaged Wisdom for a Brokenhearted World (Novalis, 2007). Writing from deep within his quest for authentic spirituality, Conlon shows how making the best of difficult times is a lifelong quest. Connecting with science, theology, and personal narrative, Conlon presents a fresh approach to realizing the Christian vision within the larger context of the universe and the landscape of the human soul. In this dynamic integration between action and contemplation, poetry, and engagement, Conlon creates new vision and language for the crises and the opportunities that mark our current history. Here are the tools, the strategies, and the great hope we all need if we are to be true agents of change. SEE AMAZON PAGE
At the Edge of Our Longing: Unspoken Hunger for Sacredness and Depth (Twenty-Third Publications, 2004). Conlon addresses the dislocation that many of us experience in today’s world. He proposes that it is by reflecting on and responding to our experience of longing that we will develop a spiritual strategy for living in and transforming today’s world. Conlon explores our longing for soul, for life, for Earth and for the divine, with a major section devoted to each. He presents an inclusive range of ways of seeing and integrates the different perspectives of engaged cosmology in relationship to biology and ecology, quantum physics, psychology, and cultural analysis. SEE AMAZON PAGE
The Sacred Impulse: A Planetary Spirituality of Heart and Fire (Crossroad, 2000). Conlon asks today’s spiritual pilgrims to include in their search for inner peace a vision of humankind’s unique place in the universe. This prophetic challenge calls for new ways of understanding the interrelationships that keep our planet viable.
Writes Conlon, “As new millennium people, we are being called to live in unprecedented ways. We are called to invent for ourselves and for those who will follow us the cultural implications of a new and living cosmology. Some of these implications will demand enormous change in our views of behavior and professions.”
Yet, in the face of immanent environmental disaster and the growing threat of terrorism, The Sacred Impulse, and the movement it describes and helps foster, offer new reason for optimism. SEE AMAZON PAGE
Ponderings from the Precipice: Soulwork for a New Millennium (Forest of Peace, 1998). In a response to our turbulent times, Conlon presents brief reflections that are based on a sound, expansive spirituality that we can integrate into daily living. Each pondering inspires understanding and action that can heal our souls and the Earth. The book includes a soul work section with concrete ways to further explore and transform. Conlon extends a hope-filled invitation to ponder key questions that confront us, and thus to find the drive at the heart of our experience and relationships, leading us toward expanded justice and the possibility of a planetary Pentecost. SEE AMAZON PAGE
Geo-Justice: A Preferential Option for the Earth (Wood Lake Books, 1990). Geo-Justice is a personal and planetary challenge, a new context for theological reflection, a way to discover our most timely task, the converging terrain between a spirituality of the Earth and social and environmental justice. SEE AMAZON PAGE
Lyrics for Re-Creation: Language for the Music of the Universe (Bloomsbury, 1997). In response to the explosion of modern scientific knowledge in our world, Conlon argues that a profound reinvention of our lives, our actions, and our institutions is necessary so that we can enter into our true roles in this sacred universe. He explores practical strategies in the work of education, community organizing, environment action, psychology, and cultural reinvention with this aim of invoking a new era of humanity, one he calls the ecological age. SEE AMAZON PAGE