Jay N. Forrest

Jay N. Forrest, D.Min.

 

 

Formal Education

 

• Diploma, Certified Meditation Teacher, Aura Wellness Center, Attleboro, MA, 2014

• D.Min., Ministry, Trinity Evangelical Christian University, Toney, AL, 2006

• M.A., Spiritual Direction, The Institute for Biblical Spiritual Direction, Albuquerque, NM, 2002

• B.A., Ministry, Berean University, Springfield, MO, 1993

• A.A., Bible, Central Bible College, Springfield, MO, 1990

 

Credentials

 

• Ordained Minister, Church of Spiritual Humanism (2015). 

• Certified Meditation Teacher, Aura Wellness Center (2014).

Left Christianity: April 11, 2011 --------

• Ordained Acolyte, Holy Spirit Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM (2007)

• Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, 2007

• Ordained Minister, Trinity Evangelical Christian Ministries, 2006

• Ordained Reader, Liberal Catholic Church, 2005

• Ordained Minister, International Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2003

• Ordained Minister, Full Gospel of Christ Fellowship, 2000

• Ordained Minister, Harvesters Christian Fellowship, 1998

• Ordained Minister, International Ministerial Fellowship, 1987

 

Continuing Education 

 

Psychology

• Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors (Susan Sauvé Meyer), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2020.

• The Science of Religion (Edward Slingerland and Azim Shariff), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2017.

• The Science of Happiness (Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2015.

• Introduction to Psychology (Steve Joordens), University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2014

• Buddhism and Modern Psychology (Robert Wright), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014.

• The Nonviolent Communication Training Course (Marshall Rosenberg), Center for Nonviolent Communication, Albuquerque, NM, 2010.

• Bipolar, Medical Education Collaborative, Golden, CO, 2003.

 

Philosophy

• Philosophy and Critical Thinking (Deborah Brown and Peter Ellerton), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia, 2017.

• The Conscious Mind – A Philosophical Road Trip (Dan Lloyd), Trinity College Hartford, CT, 2016.

• Introduction to Humanism, Kochhar Online Humanist Education, Washington, D.C., 2014.

• Positive Humanism, Kochhar Online Humanist Education, Washington, D.C., 2014.

 

Science and Environmentalism

• Environmental Studies: A Global Perspective (Teri Balser, Joseli Macedo), Curtin University, Bentley, Perth, West Australia, 2016.

• Sustainability in Everyday Life (Anna Nyström Claesson, Matty Janssen) Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, 2016.

• Climate Change: The Science (Sara Harris), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2016.

• Introduction to Environmental Science (Andy Friedland), Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2016.

• Introduction to Linux (Jerry Cooperstein), Linux Foundation, San Francisco, CA (2014)

• Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos (Steven Pollock), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2008.

• Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, 2007.

• Herbal Medicine, Barnes & Noble University, New York, NY, 2005

 

Religion (Buddhism, Daoism, and others)

• ChinaX – Parts 1-5 (Peter K. Bol and William C. Kirby), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2016.

• Buddhism Through Its Scriptures (Charles Hallisey), Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 2016.

• Introduction to Spiritual Naturalism (B. T. Newberg), Spiritual Naturalist Society, Houston, TX, 2016.

• Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science Part 1 & 2 (Edward Slingerland), University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada, 2016.

• Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle (David Francis Germano), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2015.

• Buddhism and Modern Psychology (Robert Wright), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2014.

• Introduction to Insight Meditation (Sally Armstrong), Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA, 2014.

• The Ten Gates: An Exploration of Fundamental Buddhist Practices (Thay Phap Hai), Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA, 2013.

• Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation (Gil Fronsdal), Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City, CA, 2012.

• The Life of the Buddha and His Message (Philip Karl), Nalandabodhi Center, Seattle, WA, 2012.

• Moment by Moment (Thich Chan Phap Hai, Thich Chan Phap Ho, and Sister Chan Bich Nghiem), Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA, 2012.

• The Story of Zen, Ashoka eDharma Learning Center, Province, MA, 2011.

• Meditation for Life (Martine Batchelor), Ashoka eDharma Learning Center, Province, MA, 2011.

• The Legacy of Chan (Master Sheng Yen), Ashoka eDharma Learning Center, Province, MA, 2011.

• The Buddha’s Teaching As It Is (Bhikkhu Bodhi), Ashoka eDharma Learning Center, Province, MA, 2011.

• History of Ancient Egypt (Bob Brier), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2010.

• The Religions of India (Diana Eck), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2009.

• Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World’s Religions (Mark W. Muesse), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2008.

• From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History (Kenneth J. Hammond), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2008.

• Great World Religions: Buddhism (Malcolm David Eckel), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2008.

• Buddhism (Malcolm David Eckel), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2008.

 

Christian Education

• Biblical Studies, Ames Bible College, Fort Myers, Fl., 2007

• Jesus and the Gospels (Luke Timothy Johnson), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• Historical Jesus (Bart D. Ehrman), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication (Bart D. Ehrman), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (Bart D. Ehrman), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• New Testament (Bart D. Ehrman), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity (Bart D. Ehrman), The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2006.

• Evangelism, Mercy Street Ministries, Alma, AR, 2006.

• Seminary Training, The Liberal Catholic Institute of Studies, Ojai, CA, 2005-2006.

• Christian Service, The Order of St. James, Cooper, TX, 2005.

• Herbal Medicine, Barnes & Noble University, New York, NY, 2005.

• Pastoral Ministry, Cathedral University, Los Angeles,CA, 2005.

• Church Planting, Southwestern Christian University Graduate School, Oklahoma City, OK, 2003.

• Church Planting, Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Albuquerque, NM, 2002.

• Legal Concerns, The Universal Priesthood of Christ Jesus Bible School, 2001.

• Bible, The Universal Priesthood of Christ Jesus Bible School, 2001.

• Bible, Goodlettsville Church of Christ School, Goodlettsville, TN, 1998.

 

Published Articles

 

• The Houston Chronicle (numerious)

• The Spiritual Naturalist Society (numerious)

• Patheos (numerious)

 

Guest on Podcasts

 

• Living Your Yoga podcast by Melissa West on “Aversion.”

• Living Your Yoga podcast by Melissa West on “Desire.”

• The Next Half podcast by Tony Russell.

• The Secular Buddhist (Episode 236) Podcast by Ted Meissner.

• The Secular Buddhist (Episode 252) Podcast by Ted Meissner.

• Talk Geek To Me #24 by DeepGeek

 

Past Podcasts

 

• Spiritual Naturalism Today (Co Host)

• The Jay Forrest Show (Host)

• 5 Minute Dharma (Host)

• Nature Is Sacred (Host)

• Gnostic Podcast (Host)

• Linux User Podcast (Host)

 

Associations and Memberships

 

• The Society of Philosophers in America

• American Humanist Association

• The Clergy Project

• Democratic Socialists of America 

• The Spiritual Naturalist Society

• The International Society for Philosophers

• The Western Positive Psychology Association

• The Philosophy Foundation

• Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy

• Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers

• The Stoic Registry

• The International Association of Internet Broadcasters

• Mind Body Network

 

Published Books

 

• What is Buddhism? An Introduction

• Buddhist Meditation: An Introduction

• Buddhism as Psychology: Happiness and Inner Peace

• Practical Buddhism: Wisdom for Everyday Life

• From Christ to Buddha: Reflections on Christianity, Buddhism, and Spirituality

• Secular Buddhism: An Introduction

• Secular Spirituality: Secular Buddhism, Atheistic Humanism, Spiritual Naturalism, and Bodhidaoism (Collected • Works)

• The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism (Routledge Handbooks in Religion)

• Spirituality Without God: An Introduction to Bodhidaoism

• Spiritual Naturalism: Spirituality Within the Bounds of Science

• Humanism, God, and the Bible: An Ex-Pastor Examines the Evidence

• Nontheism Defended

• Gnostic Christianity: Reviving an Ancient Christianity

• Biblical Counseling: And the Self-Esteem Heresy

• Christian Theology: Biblical, Devotional, Spiritual, Innovative

• The Deeper Life

Secular Spirituality