John Philip Newell, an international scholar and author, will speak about his new book, A New Harmony: The Spirit, The Earth, and The Human Soul, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at the MacLeod Barn Abbey in New Harmony, Indiana. Written in New Harmony, the book is dedicated to Jane Blaffer Owen, a philanthropist with a great love for her adopted New Harmony community who died in June 2010.
A noted voice for spiritual renewal across all borders, Newell is the former warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland. He is acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, a spiritual practice earth centered and inclusive. His best-known book titles are Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts, and a poetic book of prayers Sounds of the Eternal, which was also dedicated to Owen for her vision of a new harmony.
The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Molly Felder will provide festive and reflective musical entertainment.
Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony will inspire renewal and fellowship between people and communities through its programs and collections. Its office is part of USI′s Division of Outreach and Engagement.