Abounding in Spirit: Fall 2015 Hedgerow

Among wise, creative, and inspiring theologians today, Elizabeth Johnson and Diana L. Hayes stand out. Both will be featured in the Hedgerow Seminar and through their most recent books. They will take us to the heart of issues challenging our faith today: our treatment of the natural world, and the poverty and prejudice embedded in U.S. social structures.

The Art of He Qi

He Qi’s art is a fusion of many traditions. In his works, one can find traces of medieval and Renaissance art, as well as the traditional Chinese crafts of paper cutting and weaving and hints of surrealism. Biblical events, themes, and images permeate most of Dr. He Qi’s paintings. His art brings a freshness of vision to old familiar stories and a reminder that God’s promises are both enduring and universal.

Seeking the Sacred Thread with Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell

These rich days refreshed our souls and equipped us for a fresh articulation of God’s re-birthing.Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell, both treasured for their ability to illuminate with clarity and grace the questions and hopes we carry, weaved together sacred threads of the Christian household and other wisdom traditions as participants focused on the healing of God’s people and all creation.

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.