Soul Fury with Coleman Barks

Participants experienced the ecstatic poetry of Rumi in a stirring reading by Coleman Barks, his celebrated translator, accompanied by two talented Twin Cities musicians: sitarist David Whetstone and tabla player Marcus Wise. Barks read poems rich in beauty and spiritual insight that captured the delight and the impermanence of bonds that pierce deep into the human mind, heart and soul.

Fall Soul: The Price of Sand, The Value of Life

Come delve deeply into our responsibility in reclaiming the sacred elements that encompass our community and our being, and probe our role in midwifing the earth through her labor pains. Be called to challenge one another to an active ethic of life that is informed by faith and that invigorates sustainable change within our local spheres of influence.

Into the Depths: Postures of Grief

Baya Clare made this series of woodcuts about 15 years ago in the context of an independent study course in printmaking that she took at St. Kate’s while working on a master’s degree in theology. They were gouged raw from pinewood blocks, which was a difficult, but also satisfying and healing in the way that major griefs can be.

Evolution and the Christian Creed in Dialogue: Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, Fall 2014 Hedgerow Initiative

Elizabeth Johnson’s book Ask the Beasts imagines a dialogue between Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the Christian story of the ineffable God of mercy and love in the Nicene Creed. For Johnson, science and religion are in communion, not conflict. The fall Hedgerow seminar joined in the dialogue, and explored ways in which a deeper love of the natural world is intrinsic to faith in God and ecological care is a moral imperative.

John Philip Newell: The Rebirthing of God

In his new work, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings, Newell asks what the world in general and Christianity in particular would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways.
Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians, those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice, and those on the disenchanted edges, as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions. It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of laboring in a new holy birth of sacred living.