An award-winning 'theatrical poet', esteemed celebrant, and Central Asia enthusiast, Reverend David Parry is also an LGBTQ activist, TEDx speaker, playwright, producer, essayist, broadcaster, actor, director, founding member of Theo-Humanist Arts and a frantically busy Social Gospel pastor to South London’s disadvantaged. Rev Parry regularly co-hosts a number of international podcasts; including THA Talks and Sunday Valentine’s Service, while somehow finding enough breath to write his doctorate. Indeed, his critically acclaimed lyrical collections, Caliban’s Redemption, and The Grammar of Witchcraft explore Shakespearean noir, whilst his staged productions, The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah; Shakespeare: A Comedy in Ten Scenes, both Serious and Tragic: along with Shakespeare Tonight, actively engage with highbrow gags for global audiences. After all, he believes nothing is more serious than comedy.
Mount Athos Inside Me: Essays on Religion, Swedenborg and Arts
Reverend David William Parry takes the reader on a journey to the Holy Mountain of Athos, a sacred bastion of the Christian Orthodox world, and beyond. Parry explains the symbolism of mountains in the wider context of perennial philosophy, exploring them as a symbol of the spiritual ascent to the divine. Mount Athos Inside Me is for those interested in Orthodox Christianity and to anyone interested in perennial philosophy, literature, or the arts. The book is a treasure trove of knowledge on folklore and beliefs, spanning many countries and centuries.
When David Parry first approached me about writing a foreword for his forthcoming book, Mount Athos Inside Me I was both delighted and intrigued. As a Grecophile of many years standing (I even arranged to have my wedding in that wonderful country) I have long been aware of the lure of Mount Athos; the “Holy Mountain”, a semi-autonomous finger of Greece that points accusingly out of the mainland at the prison island of Ayios Evstratios.