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“Thin Places” with Tracy Balzer

“What makes a place sacred or holy? Is it the presence of religious symbolism or gothic architecture? Is it incense or candles or quiet music meant to stir the soul? Perhaps sacred locations are made so because of human-divine encounters, such as Jacob’s struggle with God.”

In this episode of the podcast we have a conversation with Tracy Balzer about her work in the areas of contemplative and Celtic spirituality, pilgrimage and Christian holy places. We discuss the nature and importance of “Thin Places”, where God seems powerfully present; “Thick Places”, where God seems far from us; and the experience of pilgrimage to Christian holy sites. From her research, writing and teaching, to her own experience and travel, Tracy is an insightful and instructive guide for us on the pilgrim’s journey.

Tracy’s books discussed in the episode: Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity (2007); A Journey of Sea and Stone: How Holy Places Guide and Renew Us (2021); Permission to Ponder: Contemplative Wisdom for the Spiritually Distracted (2015).

Listen to the episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Anchor.

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