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The Reverend Dr. Pitman Potter, the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry’s retired deacon and clergy leader has prepared a timely new book of contemplation and reflection, which he has offered as a fundraiser for the WANM. Fever Dreams: Contemplating Corona Virus presents 52 spiritual texts selected from Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions, as well as poetic and lyrical voices.

Each selected text is accompanied by suggestions for quiet contemplation, through which readers are invited to engage in Lectio Divina (a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with, and increased knowledge of, God’s word), and to consider the meaning and application of the texts in their lives.

Each contemplative text is supported by an accompanying photograph selected from Pitman’s personal archive and published for the first time.  

Readers are invited to engage with one selection each week, beginning on the week of the season when they first encounter this book, or on the first week of the ensuing season. A handy “Notes” section also allows readers to record their contemplations.  

To obtain your own copy for a suggested donation of $20—the entirety of which will go to the Neighbourhood Ministry, as Pitman has provided the publication pro bono—please contact our WANM parish liaison Rhona Thornton at [email protected]  

A short sample is available to download below.

Some Reviews:

“Thank you, Pitman, for this beautiful book of wisdom and faith. You have interwoven the sayings and poems from so many world religious sources to bring into focus the pandemic situation that we all are living in at this moment. It also allows one to go deeper and ponder on our own faith journeys in the light of another religious tradition and to realize that the source of all is ‘I AM’.”—ST  

“I have read the entire publication and feel blessed to have done so. This is a wonderful resource for everyone's life journey, and I would be more than pleased to promote and distribute it to others. Thank you for always having the Neighbourhood Ministry in mind and using your incredible gifts to support those we serve in this ministry.”—JS  

“Thanks so much, Pitman. This is a beautiful book.”—RT