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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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“Do I Stay Christian?”

In “Do I Stay Christian?” Brian McLaren addresses in public the powerful question that many people – including pastors, priests and other religious leaders – are asking in private. Combining Brian’s own experience with that of individuals who have confided in him over the years, Brian challenges readers to make an honest and ethical decision about their religious identity.

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Daily Meditations

We Do Not Know What We Are Doing

We Do Not Know What We Are Doing

Good Friday Brian McLaren invites us to an imaginative experience of the painful reality of scapegoating that occurred on Good Friday: Let’s imagine ourselves with the…


Seeing Nature as a Scientist (Part 1) With Paul Wallace

Seeing Nature as a Scientist (Part 1) With Paul Wallace

Can we look at nature with both wonder and a scientist’s eye? In this episode, we’re learning how to see nature from the perspective of a scientist. In Part 1, Author and…



Pick up your copy of ONEING

When we need to reorient ourselves in our shifting world, ONEING: Transitions offers wisdom. Read essays and poems from Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, David Whyte, Cameron Trimble and more. 

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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

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Wisdom from Brian McLaren

Read Daily Meditations inspired by the words of Brian McLaren.

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