Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Faculty and Staff

James N. Brewster, D. Min

Rev. Dr. Jim BrewsterGLS Temporary Instructor (Onslow County)
E-mail: brewsterj AT uncw DOT edu

Rev. Dr. James N. Brewster brings a unique perspective to the study and practice of meditation. After graduation from Syracuse University (Philosophy and Bible/Religion) he taught English at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo for three years, where his appreciation of Japanese literature, drama, poetry and Zen Buddhism was begun. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, with special interest in world religions and meditation. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey in 1981.

He has taught meditation in local congregations, training events and Elderhostels for twenty-five years. In 1990 he (self) published, Lawn-chair Meditation, a collection of writing and drawings about places for contemplation in Western New York. He has published a book of poems about kayaking on the Erie Canal. In North Carolina, he has taught meditation resources for local churches and helped construct several labyrinths.

Dr. Brewster has a continuing interest in environmental stewardship. For many years he has performed an original one-man show on Henry David Thoreau, whose thoughts and experiences in meditation he will share in this UNCW course. .

Brewster's art work, an expression of his own meditation, has been displayed in art galleries in New York and North Carolina and his poetry given top awards in recent Carteret Writers' Contests.

Dr. Brewster is also Adjunct Instructor in Old and New Testament, credentialed in World Religions at Mount Olive College, North Carolina. Brewster is currently on the Board of Directors of the New River Foundation, Jacksonville. He and his wife live in Jacksonville.

Last Update: May 10, 2008