Still on Fire: Field Notes from a Queer Mystic with Jan Phillips

January 19, 2022

Please join us and our guest, Jan Phillips, for a show on Still on Fire: Field Notes from a Queer Mystic, a memoir of religious wounding and spiritual healing, judgment and forgiveness, and social activism in a world that is in our hands. Phillips tells the sometimes heartbreaking story of her life with compassion and humor, while also sharing her poetry, songs, and photos.

Over the years, Jan created a life of love, service, community, and prayer. She evolved her understanding of God and came to see herself—and all of us—as the light of the world. “Had I not been born gay … my heart would not have broken in half, would not have opened itself to Love Supreme, would not have been tenderized by life’s bitter pounding.”

Jan’s quest has taken her into and out of a religious convent, across the country on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Born gay, she became a social activist in response to the homophobia she felt even as a young girl. She entered the convent at age 18 because it was her 6th grade nun who saved her from suicide.

Jan is the author of 11 award-winning books and a thought leader who connects the dots between spiritual intelligence, evolutionary creativity, and social transformation. She has taught in over 25 countries, and has published work in many notable publications.

Jan has performed with Pete Seeger, presented with Jane Goodall, sung to Gladys Knight, and worked for Mother Teresa. Her books have been endorsed by Bishop John Shelby Spong, Ervin László, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Richard Rohr, Diarmuid O’Murchu, Gloria Steinem, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard, and Deepak Chopra. Her Livingkindness Foundation supports schoolchildren in Nigeria. Learn more at

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