Throughout history, many theologians have spoken about the deep connections between spirituality and nature. Within the Judeo-Christian faith, wilderness imagery has been used throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament alike to illustrate both beautiful and difficult encounters between God and humankind -from the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years, to the Psalmist finding comfort in God leading him "beside the still waters," to Elijah hearing the voice of God whispering to him in the mountains, to Jesus retreating to a mountain to pray.
It is also our belief that maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle should be seen as an important spiritual discipline, recognizing that physical vitality and spiritual vitality can go hand-in-hand.
Worship in the Wilderness attempts to bring these three things (physical activity, spirituality, and nature) together in the context of a monthly hike with elements of worship built-in. It is our hope that as we carve out time to encounter God amidst the beautiful, surprising, and sometimes even slightly harsh landscape that surrounds us we will grow to see the wilderness as a powerful metaphor for our lives spent with God.
You do not have to be an expert hiker or a superstar athlete to join us - most of us are simply people who enjoy the outdoors and crave a connection with one another and with God in the beauty of the wilderness. Regardless of your age or fitness level, we will do our best to make you comfortable and to help you enjoy the experience.