Falling Through the Ice: The Path of a Zen Methodist by J.D. Hiestand

By J.D. Hiestand

Why a trip from Zen to Methodism? associates embark on a twin direction of discovery whereas using from Portland to Denver. The miles take them in the course of the appealing surroundings of the Pacific Northwest as their souls traverse the non secular landscapes of an entire life. the adventure starts within the San Francisco Bay zone of the Sixties with the nascent American Zen circulation led via Shunryu Suzuki. From there it winds over the years, passing via Christianity and pa tradition, John Cage and avant-garde tune, the haunting great thing about Taizé worship, Celtic Christianity, religious naturalism, the painful disasters of the fashionable church, and the promise the church should still carry. The barren panorama of southern Wyoming turns into a becoming backdrop for one friend's turning out to be skepticism because the non secular prior turns out an increasing number of disconnected from the current uncertainty. all of sudden, the sensible theology of eighteenth-century theologian John Wesley, the founding father of Methodism, deals the opportunity of merging those disparate religious stories jointly right into a unmarried pathway. Transformation, even if, unavoidably contains loss while the buddies locate their roads diverging because the vacation spot techniques: one branching in the direction of wish, and the opposite in the direction of despair.

"Falling throughout the Ice is a web page turner and a fantastically crafted autobiographical tale that attracts one into mysteries of selection, and likelihood, and beauty. . . . This life-journey, informed as a highway journey, deftly explores key good points of the expansive and level-headed contemplative traditions taught by way of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Shalem Institute's Gerald may possibly. alongside the best way, the correct account of Methodist Christianity's emphases makes transparent that the subtitle 'Zen Methodist' is an expression of profound faithfulness. the top of the adventure is obviously signaled from the start, and but it includes either shock and puzzle, neither of with the intention to be quickly forgotten."
--Catherine L. Kelsey, Dean of the Chapel and religious Formation, The Iliff university of Theology, Denver, CO

"Falling in the course of the Ice is a charming narrative of trip and self-discovery positioned in either geography and metaphor. It traverses the western panorama of the us and the inner recesses of the soul. the tale takes one from Portland to Denver, from Zen to United Methodism, from the lessons Shunryu Suzuki to John Wesley. The publication unfolds via a sequence of dialogues among neighbors revealing foundational questions and struggles innate to the human and non secular identification. it's going to reason the reader to imagine and laugh."
--Steven Lewis, academic and Ecclesiastical advisor, Gresham, OR

"This is a fascinating and deeply own account of Hiestand's religious trip with and during Methodism and Zen Buddhism. He winds out and in of those traditions, negotiating an real twin id that's more and more the norm in American religiosity. His honesty and humanity are obtrusive on each web page, and somebody additionally touring this type of trip will locate during this e-book a hot and encouraging companion."
--Jacob N. Kinnard, Professor of Comparative Religions, Iliff college of Theology, Denver, CO

J. D. Hiestand used to be ordained a United Methodist elder in 2013. He bought a grasp of Arts in track in 1980, and a grasp of Divinity in 2011. In among, he labored as a working laptop or computer programmer and track director in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. His spouse Vivian can also be an ordained elder. They stay in Colorado and feature sons, grandchildren, and a Bichon-Frisé.

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