Fly While You Still Have Wings: A Mini-Retreat with Joyce Rupp

This retreat was based on Joyce Rupp’s latest book, Fly While You Still Have Wings. Joyce spoke about some of the topics in this memoir of her resilient mother’s aging and dying process: ancestral grief, living with regrets, letting go, the aging process, and the gift of faith as a source of strength in times of significant transition. The mini-retreat included communal prayer, a presentation by Joyce, and a group response.

Let the Stones Shout Out!

Participants explored hands-on stone carving and spiritual traditions from world religions, and how these traditions ultimately ground us in memory, home, and worship. Through integrated teachings throughout the workshop, participants discovered, why, around the world, stone is an essential element in matters of the spirit.

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.

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.