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Brian D. McLaren

Former evangelical pastor Brian D. McLaren is a champion for a more loving, inclusive and contemplative Christianity. A faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, he teaches ways to reconnect with the message Jesus lived and died for—unconditional love. He is the author of Faith After Doubt, The Great Spiritual Migration, and host of CAC’s podcast Learning How to See.

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New from Brian McLaren! “Life After Doom”

Discover amid feelings of frustration, anxiety, or despair in “Life After Doom” by Brian McLaren. Find spiritual guidance as we face the ecological and spiritual crises in our world today. 

Daily Meditations

A Living Spirituality

A Living Spirituality

Brian McLaren reflects on the Holy Spirit’s work in the early church and today:   Following Jesus today has much in common with the original disciples’…


Bonus: Seeing Nature as Nature With Felicia Murrell

Bonus: Seeing Nature as Nature With Felicia Murrell

How do you typically see your relationship with nature? In this bonus episode, Brian interviews Felicia Murrell, author of And: The Restorative Power of Love in an Either/Or…


Explore your Spiritual Identity with “Do I Stay Christian?”

In this bestselling book, Brian McLaren asks readers to reflect on the powerful question that religious leaders and people of faith are asking in private—do we stay with Christianity?

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A Story from Brian

I remember when one of my sons, in first or second grade, summarized the Exodus story with an eye-roll. “It sounded far-fetched,” he said. I laughed because I never heard him say far-fetched before and because of his unvarnished honesty. I know doubt is a shameful secret to many, but what if doubt is actually like medicine, a nourishment that we need and so does our world?

“Christianity began as a revolutionary nonviolent movement promoting a new kind of aliveness on the margins of society. It claimed that everyone, not just an elite few, had God-given gifts.”

– Brian D. McLaren

Daily Meditations

Wisdom from Brian McLaren

Read Daily Meditations inspired by the words of Brian McLaren.

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