Spiritual Emphasis Days
Day One: “The Whole Earth Shouts Glory”
Speaker: Belden Lane
October 2, 2018
10:30am - “Going on Pilgrimage with the Rest of Creation: Coming Home to Love”
Herds of animals and flocks of birds undertake massive migrations every year, even as humans make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, Rome, Mecca, and Benares. What is this impulse we share (across species) to “return home,” this longing to come back to the place where life begins, where we first met God?
12noon - Community Lunch
1:00pm - “Prayer as Presence: Celebrating the Earth as an Icon of God’s Glory”
Belden’s book, Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice, asks how a discipline of being present to nature can be a form of prayer. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, icons of the Transfiguration invite us to see God’s glory reflected not only in Jesus and the three disciples, but also in the mountain itself (rocks, grass, and trees all ablaze with God’s glory). How can we better pay attention to what the earth speaks?