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Have you been concerned about our environment and wondering what you can do? Have you wondered how your connection to the Earth relates to your spirituality? If so, we have a group for you!

Our "Environment and Spirituality" group gathers every Wednesday each month for a deeper look into the relationship between the natural world and our own spirituality. We use music, contemporary art, poetry and other writings to deepen our conversations. We often use brief readings from contemporary writers like Diane Butler Bass, Celtic Christianity and Indigenous writers to enliven our understanding of the connection between the environment and our own spiritual lives.

OUR STORY: In the summer of 2018, we began a group that focused on the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water the second Wednesday of each month. We had such a strong and heartfelt response that we continued with by exploring the directions of The Medicine Wheel (used in both North and South America). In each session, we gather in a circle to discuss the topic of the day. We then end each session with a ritual related to great element we are focusing on for the evening. From May through August, we focus once again on the "Four Great Elements."

In October of 2018, we added another group "Sacred Writing and the Natural World." This group invites you to pay attention to the natural world and then describe what you notice. We use simple exercises, guided instructions and a warm atmosphere led by published authors to help you notice and deepen your connection to the natural world around us. In April, 2020, we changed the name of the group to "Writing, Spirituality and the Natural World." This creative group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30

In January of 2019, we added two more groups. On the first Wednesday of the month, we meet together to offer "Meditations for the Earth (and ALL it's Creatures ) on Zoom." We teach and use a variety of meditation practices (e.g., Loving Kindness, Mindfulness, etc) , silence or music, candle rituals to help us to sharpen our focus and extend our spiritual practices to include our connection to the natural world.

Eventually, in January 2020, our meditation group became so popular we added another evening. Our working title is "More Meditations for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures) on Zoom." With the Covid-19 crisis, we moved to Zoom events on Wednesday evenings and Facebook Live events on Sunday morning (our address there is Mendota Heights United Church of Christ) beginning in March 2020. We also added online donations in case you want to help us continue to reach out with quality meetings. You can donate to us at PayPal.Me/MHUCC. Thanks

Whew! Its been quite a journey already but we have received so much support and so many positive comments that we are excited to continue our own exploration of the "Environment and Spirituality." Thanks for your interest and support. Our events are held at a church, but we hope that doesn't hold you back. We are not your usual church. We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from in life, you will receive a warm welcome!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Lanny and Ari (group organizers)

Upcoming events (5)

The Four Great Elements: Earth (on Zoom Live)

Mendota Heights United Church

Join us this summer as explore the four great Elements: earth, air, fire and water. These are the building blocks for all of life and civilization. Through the centuries they have been the source of poetry, music and art. The elements have been woven into the fabric of spiritual traditions throughout history. During this series we'll be spending time understanding the role that each element can play in our own spiritual life. We believe that our deepening connection with the great elements of the natural world can deepen and enliven our own spiritual journey. At this time we are using Zoom to host our meetings the second Wednesday of each month. We gather for a deeper exploration of each of the great elements and to understand its meaning for our lives and our spirituality. We use poetry, art, music and writings from Celtic Spirituality, Indigenous cultures, and current authors to deepen and enrich our discussions. This month we continue by focusing on the air, the breath of life. We'll be looking at birds, balloons and the air we breathe to sustain our lives. and the critters that inhabit the earth. You don't need previous experience with studying the Four Great Elements. Each meeting offers rich material for both the newcomer and the seasoned explorer. In August, we'll be gathering to deepen our connection with fire by exploring the light from the sun, campfire and carbon as a building block for so many plants and animals. Your RSVP helps us to better connect with you. Your free will offering is always appreciated ($5, $10, $20 suggested). You can also donate to us through PayPal.me/MHUCC. Help us spread the word!

More Meditations for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures) on Zoom

Mendota Heights United Church

We have added a second meditation group each month because of the strong response we've been receiving for our "Meditations for the Earth" practice. This group offers the opportunity to expand your meditation and prayer practices by focusing on our spiritual connection with the natural world. We join together each month to focus on the Earth, its people and ALL of its creatures. Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation or prayer practice (e.g a Loving kindness meditation). offers a time for prayer requests for personal concerns, a time for lighting candles and a time for silent prayer and meditation. Your free will offerings are always welcome! You can donate at PayPal.me/MHUCC ($5, $10, $20 suggested). Help us get the word out!

"Writing, Spirituality and the Natural World" on Zoom

Mendota Heights United Church

This group offers you the opportunity to explore and deepen your spirituality by engaging the natural world through your writing. No experience is needed, just an openness to your own senses and to the messages nature holds for your life, love, happiness and spiritual growth. There are always ample opportunities and times during this session where you can practice these techniques and, if you wish, share with others. We provide gentle guidance in the practice of sacred writing and provide items from the natural world to kindle the fires of your imagination. Bring old-fashioned pen and paper, laptop, or other electronic medium for writing. We meet the fourth Wednesday of each month to provide regular support for your writing and exploration. Your support ($5, $10, $20 suggested) is cheerfully accepted at PayPal.Me/MHUCC. Thanks!

Live on Zoom: Meditation for the Earth (and ALL its Creatures)

Mendota Heights United Church

This group offers the opportunity to expand your meditation and prayer practices by focusing on our spiritual connection with the natural world. We join together each month to focus on the Earth, its people and ALL of its creatures. Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation or prayer practice (e.g a Loving kindness meditation). offers a time for prayer requests for personal concerns, a time for lighting candles and a time for silent prayer and meditation. At this time, we offer this event only on zoom with time for poetry, meditations, breakout groups and discussion. We will add the link as we get closer to this date. Thanks for your patience. Your free will offerings are always welcome! ($5, $10, $20 suggested). PayPal.me/MHUCC. Help us get the word out!

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