What we're about

We meet monthly, on a weekend afternoon, on the beach, in the hills, or at a park, in or around Orange County (or Mt. Baldy area), for at least some hiking, some creative worship (broadly in the Christian tradition), some food and some conversation. We may meet at other times, too. We want to be open, welcoming and hospitable as we experience the hospitality of creation under God’s open sky. We are family-friendly – all ages welcome.

Meet Up Philosophy: We assume that the glory of the Creator is discernible in creation’s ecological, material, sacramental, and spiritual realities. Our prayer is that conscious attentiveness, mindfulness, and open wonder toward nature will bring … patterns of creation practice that lead you closer to its Creator, help you become more familiar with yourself, guide you into recommitted love of neighbor, instill reverence for and companionship with nature, and awaken you to the imperative of creation care 1.

Resources I will be drawing form include the following:

Stanley, B. (2013). Forest Church: A field guide to a spiritual connection with nature: 1st Publisher Mystic Christ, England; 2nd US Publisher Anamchara Books, Vestal, NY. Written by an English Anglican priest.

Chase S 2011. Nature as Spiritual Practice. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Written by Steven is a professor of Christian spirituality and historical theology at Oblate School of Theology.

Paintner, C. V. (2010). Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements. Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books. Christine is the Program Coordinator for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle and Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University.

Meet Up Leadership: EcoPastor Mark McReynolds M.Div. Christian Education, Ph.D. Environmental Studies. Director SoCal A Rocha (https://arocha.us/)

1. p. xiii Chase S 2011. Nature as Spiritual Practice. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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