What we're about

We meet monthly, on a weekend afternoon, in the hills of Claremont or the mountains in the Mt. Baldy area. We'll do 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.

Meetup Philosophy: We are loosely associated with the Wild Church Network and 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 from include:

Activities of other Wild Churches.

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.

Upcoming events (4)

God In A Canyon

Mount Baldy

$5.00

We'll meet just above Mt. Baldy Village - at a large dirt parking area on the left across from the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools. We'll walk into the wash (uneven boulder surfaces) to a spot I will have picked out - and while there meet each other, our Creator and a canyon full of life and lessons. Come expecting to think, pray, ponder, worship via simple liturgy, and debrief in a group. Bring a sack lunch and water. Our seats will be cold hard rock - bring a piece of cardboard, carpet square, or a piece of backpacking pad. A portable chair is too much to fuss with here. Money is a suggested donation, since there are expenses, but don't let that deter you. This is a non-fee site - a Forest Service Adventure Pass is not needed where you will park.

On the Margins of Wilderness

Mount Baldy

$5.00

We'll meet just above Mt. Baldy Village - at a large dirt parking area on the left across from the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools. We'll walk into the wash (uneven boulder surfaces) to a spot I will have picked out - and while there meet each other, our Creator and a canyon full of life and lessons. Come expecting to think, pray, ponder, worship via simple liturgy, and debrief in a group. Bring a sack lunch and water. Our seats will be cold hard rock - bring a piece of cardboard, carpet square, or a piece of backpacking pad. A portable chair is too much to fuss with here. Money is a suggested donation, since there are expenses, but don't let that deter you. This is a non-fee site - a Forest Service Adventure Pass is not needed where you will park.

Mid Summer Warmth

Mount Baldy

$5.00

We'll meet just above Mt. Baldy Village - at a large dirt parking area on the left across from the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools. We'll walk into the wash (uneven boulder surfaces) to a spot I will have picked out - and while there meet each other, our Creator and a canyon full of life and lessons. Come expecting to think, pray, ponder, worship via simple liturgy, and debrief in a group. Bring a sack lunch and water. Our seats will be cold hard rock - bring a piece of cardboard, carpet square, or a piece of backpacking pad. A portable chair is too much to fuss with here. Money is a suggested donation, since there are expenses, but don't let that deter you. This is a non-fee site - a Forest Service Adventure Pass is not needed where you will park.

End of Summer Celebration

Mount Baldy

$5.00

We'll meet just above Mt. Baldy Village - at a large dirt parking area on the left across from the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools. We'll walk into the wash (uneven boulder surfaces) to a spot I will have picked out - and while there meet each other, our Creator and a canyon full of life and lessons. Come expecting to think, pray, ponder, worship via simple liturgy, and debrief in a group. Bring a sack lunch and water. Our seats will be cold hard rock - bring a piece of cardboard, carpet square, or a piece of backpacking pad. A portable chair is too much to fuss with here. Money is a suggested donation, since there are expenses, but don't let that deter you. This is a non-fee site - a Forest Service Adventure Pass is not needed where you will park.

Past events (1)

Our First Meeting: God In A Canyon

Mount Baldy

$5.00

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