This week we have Rev. Mark Townsed, author of several books including “Jesus Through Pagan Eyes”. We talk about his journey through both the Church of England and Druidry, and being a multi-faith practitioner. 

 

(Apologies for the Skype noise. Trans-atlantic Skyping has it’s issues!)

Mark Townsend is a magician with a difference! He is a Priest, though he NEVER pushes his religious or spiritual beliefs onto others. Rather, he uses magic to awaken people to their own inner ‘spark of magic’ – their own beauty. Mark served as an Anglican Priest for over a decade but more recently decided to resign his membership of the Church of England so he can offer his services in a broader, more eclectic and independent way. He is now a member of the Progressive Christian Alliance and, in 2011, will also be transferring his Priestly Orders to an Independent Episcopal Church with a fully inclusive and open ethos. 

With regard to his magic, Mark combines mind-bending effects with mythology, storytelling and a dose of zany humour. He has an inner belief that enchantment is a necessary (and oft missing) ingredient for all people to live healthy lives. However most have forgotten how to experience it. He therefore sees his role as ‘Bringing Wonder Back to Life’. Through many years of performing Mark has discovered that his unique approach touches people deeply and not only brings joy and laugher, but also leaves them with a deep feeling of their own inner self worth. 

 

Links

Mark’s Facebook page.

Mark’s Website: Magic of Soul

 

Books

Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus by Robin Meyers

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ

The Gospel of Falling Down: The Beauty Of Failure In An Age Of Success

Diary of a Heretic: The Pagan Adventures of a Christian Priest

Jesus Outside the Box: Twelve Spiritual Tales of the Unexpected

The Path of the Blue Raven

The Wizard’s Gift

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