Psalms for the Spirit
Psalms for the Spirit
Ep. 10 Leaning into the Cycles of Darkness and Light, with Barbara Brown Taylor

Ep. 10 Leaning into the Cycles of Darkness and Light, with Barbara Brown Taylor


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Today’s guest is Barbara Brown Taylor – author, speaker, Episcopal priest, retired professor, and all-around-delightful person. Barbara Brown Taylor has long been a highly regarded preacher, and she has written a number of compelling books on the spiritual life, including Altar in the World, Holy Envy, and Learning to Walk in the Dark. I was in the right place at the right time and got to spend a few hours with Barbara while driving her from Belfast to Corrymeela when she was here on book tour a few years ago, and I was thrilled when she agreed to talk with me on this podcast. In this conversation, we talk about the bird psalms, the bed psalms, and the difficult psalms, and we muse together on what they tell us about our humanity and how God sees us in that. We reflect on making friends with the dust, living gratefully on the earth, celebrating our place in the line of people who come before and after us, and leaning into the cycles of darkness and light, death and new life.  

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Celtic Psalms (Kiran Young Wimberly & the McGraths) music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube

Celtic Psalms songs featured in this episode:

Come Spirit Come (Psalm 144/The King's Shilling)

How Lovely (Psalm 84/Carrickfergus)

By the Waters (Psalm 137/Emigrant’s Farewell)

You Have Turned My Sorrow (Psalm 30/Green Grows the Laurel)

CDs and published notations can be found through GIA music


Psalms for the Spirit
Psalms for the Spirit
This podcast looks at the connections between spirituality and resilience through the lens of the Biblical Psalms. It explores how the Psalms help people through difficult times – times of personal and collective trauma – through conversations about personal story, field research, and theological reflection from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Listeners might include clergy, seminarians, spiritual directors, hymnwriters, church musicians, mental health practitioners, anyone interested in the intersection between spirituality and lived experience.