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.

Coming Home: Writing from the Soul with Joyce Rupp & Mary Kay Shanley

Participants shared this enriching time and space with others who came to experience writing as an entrance to the deeper self, doing so in the context of creative reflection, song, and dialogue. There was time to relax, reflect, and develop y writing skills, plus the gift of relating to others equally intent on further discovery and celebration of their purpose and direction in life.
Joyce Rupp offered her extensive experience of spiritual growth through creative ritual and reflective conferences. Mary Kay Shanley brought her respected skills of teaching at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival and other national writing workshops to lead the group through inventive processes that develop and hone writing abilities.

Teaching Christian Meditation to Children & Youth

Children meditate together as naturally as they play together. Sitting together in meditation – where there is no competition, no judgment and no taking account of their background or their special needs – becomes a wonderful way of building community in the classroom.

This workshop covered the teaching and practice of Christian meditation and what makes it Christian.  We also delved into the practical ‘hows’ involved in teaching meditation to children & youth so that those participating feel equipped to introduce this practice in the classroom, religious education & Sunday school programs, congregations, at home, and beyond.  Practical tools and resources were provided.

Paloma: Stories of the Soul

“These works are prayers in visual form. During times of grief, suffering, contemplation, hope, and peace, I see the colorful birds of El Salvador’s folk art as symbols of the soul and a continual source of inspiration. The spirit of the paloma in this work represents the soul of my child, my self, my people, and my ancestors.

Shall We Look for Another? Another Christ? Another Church? Winter/Spring 2014 Hedgerow

Perhaps Martin Luther is right. The scriptures can save us. For people disillusioned with institutional religion and disheartened by abuse scandals or disengaged by scientific discoveries, the scriptures offer a do-it-yourself option for staying reflective on how our lives individually and communally matter. Sacred texts originate in the human experience of the holy in our world, a presence still alive to us. The Gospels originate among Jesus’ men and women disciples and the communities of Christians that heard, told, and lived Jesus’ story.
We bring an expanding cosmos and evolving Earth community into dialogue with the 2000-year-old gospels. We experience contemporary issues that divide people—the women’s movement, GLBT, the economics of the 99%, hunger, healthcare, climate change, and education issues.