From ancient times it has been widely acknowledged that there are Two Books from which we can know God: Scripture and Nature. Echoes is newly affiliated with The Wild Church Network, and we’ll be practicing at least one wild church gathering each month.
The theme of ReMEMBER will echo through the rocks, trees, mountains and ants, calling to us to listen and reflect on the reality of Christ, present in all things, holder of our stories and memories.
Wild Church is an opportunity for us to develop spiritual practices that draw us deeper into relationship with the sacred in our own untamed hearts, in our watershed and with our undomesticated God.
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. Bring a short chair, a blanket, journal or other creative materials that will help you have a conversation with nature.
When I arrived, I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. What I found was a gathering of about twenty-five people from all walks of life, who loved each other, love Jesus, and welcomed me with that same love. We shared in a devotional time, spent about forty-five minutes in quiet reflection enjoying nature, came back and shared our experiencces. We celebrated Communion with chopped apples and hot cedar tea. We sang, we talked, we hugged. And it was church--only different.
One thing struck me about something that the leader said. They talked about "the church as we know it dying," but the Church living on in many different creative expressions. I wonder, what does your faith community look like? How do you envision that faith community adapting in the future, as society changes around us? What different creative forms of church can you envision? How can you help your faith community to dare to be the Church--only different?