Chris Highland’s new essay collection, A Freethinker’s Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World, (Pisgah Press, 2018) will be launched with a free reading, book-signing, and discussion at Malaprops Bookstore in downtown Asheville at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Then, on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Highland will be the October Interfaith guest writer at Grateful Steps Books in Leicester.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Highland has made his home in Asheville since 2016. He was a Protestant minister and interfaith chaplain for many years before becoming a humanist and freethinker. With a degree in Religion and Philosophy from the evangelical Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Divinity degree (awarded by Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA), he has long been active as a chaplain in county jails, homeless shelters, and affordable housing communities.
Since moving to Asheville he has written the weekly “Highland Views” column for the Asheville Citizen-Times, addressing humanism, the natural world, and sensitive issues of faith. His previous books include his “Meditations” series (John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller, and John Burroughs), as well as My Address is a River, Life After Faith, the novella Jesus and John Muir, and an essay collection, Nature is Enough.
Malaprops is located at 55 Haywood Street, Asheville (www.malaprops.com/event; 828-254-6734); Grateful Steps is at 30 Ben Lippen School Rd. in Leicester (www.gratefulsteps.org/styled-6/index.html; 828-277-0998).