Bruce grew up in Winnipeg and spent his teens and early twenties as a jock. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg without, as far as he can remember, having read a book. Except one, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Transcendental Meditation. This woke him up to a vocation that transcended the dream of dunking the b-ball and playing professional tennis. TM gave way to born-again Christianity, then to liberal Christianity, to the total loss of conviction (they are connected), to evolutionary Christian mysticism and the blessed return of enthusiasm. Bruce has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada for 25 years, now serving a congregation in Vancouver, B.C. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family therapy. He is a father to Sarah, an actress and musician in LA, and author of five books, all available in both digital and hard copy from his website: www.brucesanguin.com.
Books by Bruce Sanguin:
The Advance of Love: Reading Scripture with An Evolutionary Heart
Through the lens of evolutionary Christianity, Sanguin works through moral, spiritual, and scientific issues raised in Mad Men, the writings of Richard Dawkins, tales from the Bible, and other stories that inform our views of the world.
These reflections will revitalize your faith and leave you celebrating that you don’t need to sacrifice a rational, evidence-based worldview to be a person of faith in the twenty-first century.
If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics
These elegant, earthy prayers are written from the perspective of an evolutionary theology, providing a practical resource for worship planning, sacred ritual, and private devotional practice. The book is laid out according to the liturgical season and has a convenient index of scriptural references.
“We learn our theology from prayers and hymns, and it is the theology that stays with us. Bruce Sanguin, poet of the Christian imagination, has created a new set of prayers that will teach the theology we need for our time. Sanguin does this exceptionally well and we are fortunate to have such a fine collection as a resource for thinking and acting as Christians in the 21st century.”
— Sallie McFague, Distinguished Theologian in Residence, Vancouver School of Theology
The Emerging Church: A Model for Change and a Map for Renewal
This book is a practical guide to congregational renewal based in evolutionary theology and practice. Many congregations, boards, and denominational think tanks are using it as a practical guide to implementing small group ministry, spiritual gift discovery process, a new governance model, shifting the role of clergy from personal chaplain to theological visionary and leader, building up your core leadership team, and much more.
Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity
Grounded in the realization of our cosmic and evolutionary unity, this best seller draws out the implications for the church’s ecological mission by engaging in a deep conversation between science and the Christian faith. This shift towards an identity as cosmic Christians animated by a Christ of cosmic dimensions gives new meaning and vitality to what it means to be people of an incarnational faith.
Summoning the Whirlwind: Contemporary Sermons for a Relevant Christian Faith
Members of the congregations that Bruce has served over the years selected the sermons in this collection. They represent fresh takes on the Christian faith, and are peppered with relevant stories and illustrations. (Digital download only at www.ifdarwinprayed.com)
Newsletter and Blog
Bruce writes a weekly blog that brings the lens of evolutionary Christian mysticism to bear on spiritual practice, scripture, tradition and what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Go to www.brucesanguin.com and sign up for his free weekly newsletter that provides links to great evolutionary websites, poetry, and reminders of new postings. By signing up for the newsletter you receive a free “sneak peak” in Bruce’s new book If Darwin Prayed: Prayers for Evolutionary Mystics.
For more about Bruce and his work, please visit: www.brucesanguin.com.
CHAPTER 39: I Am Not Bad.
Sometimes what we believe can cloud our opportunity for finding our true faith. Discovering a deeply-held place of sorrow allows an ordained minister to take on a new level of understanding about himself, his religion, and the nature of our role in expanding Consciousness on the planet.