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About David Breeden
The Reverend Doctor David Breeden has an MFA from The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, a Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study at Breadloaf and in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
His poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review, Nebo, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review,, North Atlantic Review, Boston Literary Review, Turnstile, Nidus, and Paragraph. He has published five novels and twelve books of poetry.
Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, an historically Humanist congregation.
Find out more at https://davidbreeden7.medium.com/
"The world needs humanism like never before, and David Breeden offers a fresh, lively, engaging, thoughtful, and accessible invitation. Highly, happily recommended."
--Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life
"Breeden has presented a deep, profound, and poetic philosophical outlook on humanism devoid of academic pretense. This thought-provoking book is grounded in a rich historical context delightfully woven into a refreshing, inspiring, and contemporary viewpoint on the varieties of humanism. One cannot read this book and fail to contemplate the human in humanism.
-- Kristin Wintermute, Executive Director, The Humanist Institute
David Breeden is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.
"For non-Christians who are curious about the essential message of Jesus, this volume offers an accessible and original account. For Christians who want to connect the Gospels' provocative sayings with the wisdom of Buddhist, Muslim, and secular traditions, as well as the insights of later Christian mystics, it is a gift. These short meditations reveal a fresh portrait of Jesus as a shrewd spiritual teacher rather than a divine hero; one who seeks to startle his hearers awake to the more abundant life that is always present and ready to hand. It would make a superb meditation manual for anyone who finds inspiration where the paths of various religious journeys intersect and strike light-giving sparks from each other."
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
"News from the Kingdom is a deep, spiritual well of renewal, challenge, and joy. Breeden's poetry and meditations make the Gospel of Thomas accessible to contemporary hearts, inviting us all to the great dance in each and every day."
Unitarian Universalist Minister
City of Refuge Ministries
The Reverend David Breeden is a Unitarian Universalist parish minister in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His fiction, poetry, and translations have appeared in many publications.
This book-length poem imagines the Hebrew prophet Amos writing his memoirs from beyond the grave. Born into poverty and obscurity, Amos the shepherd and sycamore pruner faced daunting challenges in his attempts to follow what he heard as God's charge to change the social structures of his time. He had his vocation and his art, but what chance did he have against entrenched political corruption and religious hypocrisy? As Amos examines his life, his art, his message, and his failure, he recognizes the impossibilities of the trackless path out of the desert that he walked in life, and he faces the awful truth that "reality has authors." The poor do not write that reality, and Amos takes both pride and umbrage that he is recorded forever in the biblical canon as a "major minor prophet." From the comfort of the afterlife, Amos explores life's deepest questions with such companions as Laozi, King David, William Shakespeare, and Michel Foucault. Amos learns that telling the truth isn't easy or perhaps possible, even from beyond the grave. Still, he cannot avoid considering human existence and asking: Is it necessary to speak truth to power when victory is impossible?