In “The Soul of the Living Universe” we will explore, re-imagine, and embody a new unifying Christian story of the cosmos. Delio’s brilliant lectures will be enhanced by embodied performance of the universe’s evolution directed by Emily Jarrett Hughes. Osseous Stirrings, a photography exhibition by Emilie Bouvier inspired by “dry bones” narratives from Genesis and Ezekiel, speaks of ecological lament and fragile vitality. This conference invites the creative expression of all participants as we move together to embody our role as co-creator, participant in the unfolding of life.
In three experiential sessions, we’ll explore the layers of meaning the word belonging evokes. Ted Bowman will facilitate the sessions, using prompts, guided discussions, and invited guest poets and singers.
Come hear Gilbert draw on her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. Whether you hope to write a book, make art, or simply live more expansively in the world, she offers powerful insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration as well as the attitudes, approaches, and habits that support a creative life.
Come engage with scholar and former science teacher Elizabeth Johnson, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Drawing from her book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, she probes the meaning of creation in order to invigorate ethical behavior that cares for plants and animals with a passion integral to faith’s passion for the living God.
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.
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.
Come awaken to these stories, and hear them told while walking the places where they reside, accompanied by a Mohican-American, a Lakota-American, and a Euro-American.
Christian Wiman was with Wisdom Ways for two days reading passages from his book My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer and engaging in a discussion with writers seeking to weave their spiritual walk into their work.
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.
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.