Envied by people around the world, Cascadia -- which includes British Columbia, Washington and Oregon -- is remarkable for its mountains, evergreens, eagles, beaches, and liveable cities. Cascadia is also home to the least institutionally religious people in the continent. Despite their unusual resistance to old ways of doing religion, this book argues that most of the 14 million residents of this rugged land are often deeply spiritual, gaining their sense of the sacred through the land. The contributors, who include leading historians, economists, poets and more from both sides of the border, explain how the Pacific Northwest is nurturing a unique "spirituality of place", which could become a model for the planet.
Douglas Todd is one of the most honoured spirituality and ethics writers in North America. He has won more than 60 journalism honours and educational fellowships. Working for the Vancouver Sun and other newspapers, he is a two-time winner of the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, which goes to the top spirituality writer in North America's secular media. He has also received the leading commentary award from the American Academy of Religion, which represents 6,000 scholars of religion. In addition to winning National Newspaper Awards in Canada, Vancouver Magazine referred to him as "arguably Vancouver's most thoughtful journalist.