Fat Soul International: A Manifesto



KoalaIn a world filled with rigidity in the forms of religious fundamentalism, racism, injustice, planetary destruction, xenophobia, and panphobia—yes, the Fear of Everything—there is an alternative: the way of FAT SOUL. 

We believe that instead of shrinking back in despair or approaching the world with raised hackles, we need to widen out in love, compassion, inclusivity, and full-bodied joy.  This unseemly business of widening out when everyone else is shrinking back may seem wildly counter-cultural, but it just might relieve some of the angst of these troubled times. 

And it could even—yes, if we get fat enough—change the world.

Click here to read the entire Fat Soul International Manifesto!

2302041The Celtic tradition tells us that heaven and earth are only three feet away, and that in special places, called “thin places,” heaven and earth seem to nearly collapse into each other. When this happens, we can see through the thin veil to the largeness and holiness of the cosmos.   Theologian Bruce Epperly says that thin places “remind us of the Holy Here and Holy Now, the wonder of this unique moment and the wonder of the universe as it evolves.”

In my experience, “thin places” are inhabited by snowy egrets and softly shaped hills. Here is a story–a rather difficult story to tell– something that happened to me in Ecuador, which forever changed my view of heaven and earth.  This piece will be included in my upcoming book, Fat Soul Philosophy: Reflections on a Spirituality of S-I-Z-E.  Click here to read Heaven, Yes, Heaven.

Fat Soul International Summer Gathering!

strawberry-shortcakeFat Soul Philosophy is like an enormous tent, under which tables and chairs are set up, awaiting people from many faiths and cultures who wish to share their traditional foods with one another.  Here, listening takes place–and laughter, too.  Maybe a little music.  Listening, learning, sharing, celebrating the beauty of diversity: this is what Fat Soul International is all about.  Thanks to my colleague at Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism, Professor and guitarist Jay McDaniel, the Fat Soul vision is becoming an on-the-ground reality.  You will find in the beautiful college town of Conway, a Fat Soul Band and Fat Soul Festivals and Fat Soul Gatherings starting to pop up.  You are invited!  Check out this upcoming gathering . . .



At the Black-Orange Coffee Shop

Conway, Arkansas

Thursday evening, August 6, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Featuring International students

from China, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Thailand

Singing American pop songs and Songs from their Cultures

Plus free Chinese pastries (as long as they last)

Sponsored by Better Together at Hendrix, Hendrix International Programs,

Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism and Fat Soul Philosophy International