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Sacred Writings and the Natural World
Explore a new dimension of your spirituality by engaging the natural world through sacred 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. Guidance in the practice of sacred writing is given and elements of nature are provided. Bring old-fashioned pen and paper, laptop, or other electronic medium for writing. We plan to continue this meeting each month on the fourth Wednesday. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 28th from 7:00-8:30. We will take a break for December to enjoy Taize services every Wednesday evening. We then return to the fourth Wednesday schedule on January 23.

Mendota Heights United Church

680 Highway 62 (old 110) · Mendota Heights, MN

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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 in a circle the second Wednesday each month. 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.

This past year we focused on the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. We are currently gathering to explore the medicine wheel (used in both North and South America). We begin by sharing a simple meal together and then gather in a circle to discuss the topic of the day. We end each session with a ritual related to great element we are focusing on for the evening.

In October, 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 see. We use simple exercises, guided instructions and a warm atmosphere to help you notice and deepen your connection to the natural world around us. This group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30

Please note that we will take a break from our usual format in December. During the Wednesdays before Christmas, we gather each week from 6:30-7:00 for "Taize Singing for a Peaceful World." During a time when the world seems in to be in so much turmoil, this seems like the perfect time to not only reconnect with our own spirituality but to also pray for peace throughout the earth and for all its creatures.

Keep checking back because we plan to expand our offerings in the new year.

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