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Sacramental Whine

Jun 9, 2020

Welcome to Episode 72!

In this episode, I have the honor of speaking with the Reverend James Ishmael Ford.

The Reverend James Ishmael Ford has walked the​ spiritual path for more than fifty years. He's danced with Sufis, studied with Gnostics, lived in a Buddhist monastery and was ordained a Zen priest. Later he was also ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister and preached from the high pulpits in old New England churches. He was a co-founder of the Boundless Way Zen network and was its first school abbot. Today he is guiding teacher of the Empty Moon Zen Sangha and leads the Anaheim Zen sangha hosted by the UU Church in Anaheim.

James served as a UU parish minister for twenty-five years. He is minister-emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Providence. Today he serves as a consulting minister with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim and is an adjunct professor at the University of the West

In addition to his role as a Zen priest and Unitarian Universalist Minister James also holds ordinations within the independent sacramental movement as well as several initiations within Inayat Khan Universalist Sufism

He has blogged as Monkey Mind for more than a decade and is the featured speaker at the Empty Moon Zen YouTube channel.


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This podcast is hosted by David Oliver Kling and is produced by The Community of Saint George - a Young Rite jurisdiction.