Writings from EarthTime

We Too, Are Creatures — Remembering We Are Dust

“The world is like our bodies. It, too, is formed by many limbs and directed by a single soul. Yes, the world is an immense being directed by the power and the word of God, who is, so to say, its soul.” – Origen Modern life is lived out almost entirely in a human-made...

Waking Up with the Earth

Spring comes slowly to Vermont. The day’s light lengthens incrementally and the sun warms. The chickadees come alive with their glorious tunes. The red squirrels come out and begin to scurry and play. Yet, with all this pre-spring activity, a foot of snow still covers...

Mud Season of the Soul

The earth has begun to thaw in my home region – the Upper Valley along the Connecticut River – with unseasonably warm 40+ degree days. When the frozen ground begins to melt in Vermont, where the majority of the roads are dirt, we experience mud season – the messy,...

What Stands Between You & Wildness?

Our winter lives in New England are full of barriers to protect us from the wildness of the outside world – the walls of our houses and the heating devices within; coats, boots, hats, mittens & scarves; our climate-controlled vehicles. Thanks to amazing road crews...

The River is Still Flowing

The River is flowing Flowing and growing The River is flowing Down to the sea The Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire does not seem to have much flow these days. The frigid temperatures have locked her surface waters into a standstill. During the...

Endings & New Beginnings

The 40 day River of Life Pilgrimage concluded yesterday at Long Island Sound. Pilgrims paddled from the headwaters of the Connecticut River to the ocean – from the Source to the Sea. Led by Mark & Lisa, guides on the water and in prayer, people of all walks of life,...

The Journey Continues

Over the past two weeks, the pilgrims entered the Upper Valley, on-shore celebrations of water took place in Hanover and then in Brattleboro — marking the journey southward — new pilgrims joined the pilgrimage and old friends departed the river. Such is the nature of...

Grace and the River of God

From June 4-10, pilgrims embarked on the second leg of the journey down the Connecticut River: “Water, Grace, & The River of God.” “All God asks of us is to come – dams, stagnation, obstacles, all of it. Bring it to the constant, ever-flowing wonderful stream. God...

The Headwaters

A small group of pilgrims began paddling south from the headwaters of the Connecticut River at Fourth Connecticut Lake this week — the start of the 40 day journey of the River of Life pilgrimage. They began with a Pilgrimage Blessing: Dear pilgrim, As you go into the...

Wilderness Trips: Summer & Fall

Kairos Earth is pleased to share two wonderful opportunities to be in the wilderness through Metanoia of Vermont: Water & the River of God in August and The Little Way of God in October. Check them out!

The Place of Humans

Two weeks ago, I was high in the mountains of Switzerland. In the valleys below, flowers were blooming, trees were leafing out, and birds were singing — a glorious, gentle spring was in full swing. Life was easy. Where I was, though, all was bleak. Sheer walls of rock...

Earth Day at Church of the Woods

We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of Earth Day activities: tree planting, water meditations, signing, picnicking and being in good company with each other and with this beautiful planet! Enjoy some photos below: Water meditations Vernal pool at Church of the Woods...

Goldfinch Resurrection

I was away a few days last week and when I came back to New Hampshire, the male goldfinches had started to turn color. Perching in the sugar maple between zips to the feeder, their newly golden forms flashed like living, breathing photons. They are glorious little...

The Magic of Maple Syrup

We love our maple syrup here in New England -- and all of the processes that go along with it! There are only three places in the world where maple syrup is produced: Canada, the Northeast, and the Upper Midwest. From Minnesota, Emily writes about "the magic of maple...

For the Birds

I woke up early this morning with an urge to take my morning prayer outdoors. With just a hint of light behind the clouds speeding overhead, a strong north wind heralding the coming cold front, a quick cup of coffee warming my insides, and my blue windbreaker over a...

Holy Week Photos

After the stripping of the altar on Good Friday. Peter collecting firewood Preparations for the Holy Saturday bonfire! Candles in the barn (photo by Johanna Young)

Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule

We hope you'll join us! Maundy Thursday (March 24th): Join us for a community supper and services in Canterbury! 5:30-7:00pm (Feel free to bring a dish to share! Please email Chelsea at chelseascudder@kairosearth.org for more details if you plan to attend.) Good...

Of Seeds Buried in the Earth

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,  it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”   John 12: 24   These 30 words are, for me, as close as one can get to a one-sentence summary of the mystery of...

Sacred Ground

Dear Friends, It was almost eight years ago, on the morning of June 22, 2008 that I woke up wondering, “What is sacred in our world? What does 'sacred' mean? How do we even have public conversations about sacredness?” I carried these questions with me when I started...

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