School of Celtic Consciousness


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School of Celtic Consciousness

In 2016 John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC). He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action.

SCC's Purpose

  1. To consciously access the wisdom of our Celtic Christian inheritance.
  2. To deepen spiritual practice in relationship to this wisdom.
  3. To translate this study and practice into compassionate action.

What is Celtic Christianity?

One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth. This is the Christianity that emerged in the Celtic world in the earliest centuries. And it is a stream of Christian wisdom that is flowing again. It moves us to be aware of the Sacred at the heart of every moment and it calls us back into true relationship with the earth, with one another, and with what is deepest in ourselves, all made of God.

You are invited

Join us as we...

  • Discover an ancient Christian wisdom which invites us into earth honoring spirituality.
  • Journey with others who find fresh insight within the Celtic tradition.
  • Find strength for the work of healing in the world.

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We'd love to connect with you and have you become involved with SCC!

Book Study: 2nd Sunday Each Month

The SCC Book Study meets from 6:30-8:00pm at Capital Tea (1450 S. Broadway) on the second Sunday of the month. We study the writings of John Philip Newell and explore Celtic themes which connect us to creation and the world today. Refreshments provided.

Contact: Angela Taylor

School of Celtic Consciousness - 2019

Join us for one of the SCC Gatherings in May 2019 for year one of the curriculum:

May 14-16, 2019: This gathering will be an experiential time of learning, prayer, & chant rooted in the Celtic vision with John Philip Newell at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO.

May 17-19, 2019: This gathering will be held at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. More details to come.

SCC Curriculum

The SCC follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year 1 will not appear again until the fourth year of the School. Participants may join at any stage and, over a three year period, receive the full curriculum of teachings. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter .

Year 1

‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God.

Year 2

‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’ (Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and The Book of Creation .

Year 3

‘Dreaming the Way Forward' (Alexander Scott, Kenneth White, and George MacLeod). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts .

weekend lecture & workshop - 2019

Join John Philip Newell for an evening lecture and/or a morning of prayer, study and contemplation in May 10-12, 2019 at St. John’s Episcopal in Boulder, CO. More info to come.

Celtic prayer & Contemplation: A Quarterly Gathering

Join us in Fall 2019 (dates TBA) from 7:00-9:00pm for an evening of chant, prayer, reflection, and fellowship at The Center for Contemplative Living (Contemplative Outreach) at 3650 Yates St., Denver, CO 80212. Contact: Cami Twilling

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