One of our featured speakers at the ITMS General Meeting is Douglas Burton-Christie, who will present a paper entitled, “And Yet We are Still in Paradise: The Renewal of All Things in a Fragmented World”.
He teaches theology and spirituality at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and has a longstanding interest in the traditions arising out of the early desert monastic movement. He is author of The Word in the Desert and serves as editor of the journal Spiritus.
Currently he is completing work on a book, The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology.
For many years, he has been shaped by the contemplative practice of the Redwoods Monastery community in Northern California, and by his primary contemplative teachers, his five children and his wife, along with the egrets, herons, stilts, osprey, herons, cormorants that move up and down the Los Angeles River.