Traditions of Transition

Traditions of Transition

Just in time for Halloween, we are pleased to feature this post from Johanna Young about some of our autumn rituals and transitions. Leaves have turned from green to caramel, butterscotch and rich cranberry. The forest floor is littered with an abundance of leaf,...

Stripping the Altar of Life

When I close my eyes, I can hear them – thousands of species, entire forms of life – suffering alongside Jesus on the cross, crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?” We talk freely about...

Sugaring and the Spiritual Journey

Early Christian authors often referred to the natural world as ‘the Book of Creation’, and understood that nature could be ‘read’ as a second (or, more accurately, as the original) book of divine revelation alongside the Bible. This meant that they looked for signs...
A Chainsaw Eucharist

A Chainsaw Eucharist

Below, Rev. Steve Blackmer explores the idea of a “Chainsaw Eucharist.” Expect a weekly “Words from Church” post from Steve every Monday!  I’ve been in the woods a lot lately, clearing trails at Church of the Woods. Last week, I pulled my sled...