You are invited to bring family and friend, neighbors and co-workers to experience worship and our original wonder in our own semi-wild watershed! This child friendly gathering is open to folks of all ages, to experience wild liturgy and sacrament exploring the deeper roots of faith together in awe and wonder. Experience your place in the living Creation and share experience in authentic community. Bring some packable food to share with one another!
This introduction to Seminary of the Wild offers an experiential, nature-based, journey of apprenticeship into the wild mysteries of the kingdom of God and an invitation into a deeper participation in the restoration of the world, tikkun olam. This gathering has been created for those who long for a more soul-infused life and who yearn to find ways to re-connect to to the natural world as a person of faith during a time of deep cultural unraveling. Finding a way forward for the Pilgrim, the Church, and the culture will require that we live in alignment with the life-enhancing wisdom of Creation--the revelatory Book of Nature.
You will experience:
A re-enchantment of the natural and wild world and a re-visioning of your deep belonging to this world by reconnecting with your senses, body, emotions, imagination and the earth.
A re-wilding of the Christian story deconstructing the barriers, the processes of domestication, and distortions that have tamed and suppressed the earth-based vision of the Christ.
A re-claiming of your own prophetic voice as a leader engaged in transforming culture during this age of ecological reformation.
An invitation to embark on your own journey of wild discipleship, expanding your capacity to connect directly with the Holy and follow the radical call of Christ discerning the voice of God, Self and Nature.
In the Celtic tradition, the Equinox is a cyclical shift of season from the dark half of the year to the light half. The origins of resurrection of the Christ are patterned in the seasonal cycles of decay and growth, of death and new life. Spring is an exuberant experience of the vitality of the Spirit, a deep and sensual belonging flowering into the wholeness of our True Self. We will engage in spiritual rewilding practices in ceremonial celebration of Spring.
Join us for an experience of “wild worship” that returns the practice of prayer to its primal roots: a life-creating expression of the Creation! Experience the rich fullness of your five senses, the freedom of being fully alive to your own emotions through bodily movement and creative expression. Participate deeply with God and reconnect with the natural world opening your life to the grief and joy, memory and imagination that is waiting to be lived.
Through nature-based contemplative practices that draw upon the wisdom of sacred narratives and older traditions, we will cultivate a deeper connection with nature and our own wild wholeness. Take a small step across the threshold toward a culturally creative vision for life. Renew your sense of hope and courage to face our current spiritual and ecological crises together, rooted in kinship and community with one another, the wild earth, and the great mystery we call God.
“The heavens are rehearsing the glory of God… Day pours forth speech unto day; night reveals knowledge unto night. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” - Psalm 19
“This song of the waters is audible to every ear; but there is other music in these hills by no means audible at all. To hear even a few notes of it you must first live here for a long time, and you must know the speech of hills and rivers. Then on a still night, when the campfire is low and the Pleiades have climbed over the rimrocks, sit quietly and listen for a wolf to howl, and think hard of everything you have seen and tried to understand.” - Aldo Leopold
Wild Edges: Crossing the Threshold into a Sacred World | Sunday, December 9th at Roxborough Park | Info @ www.churchoflostwalls.org
We have been created with astonishing resources, “a hidden wholeness,” deep in our own wildly imaginative depths, capable of entering into conversation with the world. Jesus spoke often of this wild terrain as “treasure hidden in the field.” Contemporary poet Mary Oliver asks, “what will you do with your one wild and precious life?”
Through nature-based practices that draw upon the wisdom of sacred narratives and older traditions, we will cultivate a deeper connection with nature and our own wild wholeness. Take a step across the threshold toward a culturally creative vision for life. Renew your sense of hope and courage to face our current spiritual and ecological crises together, rooted in kinship and community with one another, the wild earth, and the great mystery we call God.
Our time together will include liturgical ceremony, contemplative practices, wild wanders, creative group responses and more!
Please bring: a cushion, pad, or crazy creek chair, water bottle, weather appropriate clothing & hiking shoes, journal/pen, emergency whistle (if you have one), and snacks!