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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 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

While outdoor space has always been considered an appealing feature to homeowners, most of us going through social distancing or quarantine have discovered a new appreciation for access to the great outdoors. We all need a place to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, get a dose of Vitamin D and have space for humans and pets alike.

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)

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

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). We use our meditation practice not only to connect with ourselves but also to teach a deep solidarity with the natural world and all of its creatures. In a world that devalues the natural world and its creatures, what we are doing is a quiet revolution.

As Brian McLaren suggests, “Communion with God leads into communion with all God’s creation. The deeper we go into the love of God, the deeper we are led into all that God loves.” Faith After Doubt (London 2021) p. 245. Our link for this group is https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053.

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

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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.

This fall our topic is "Art and spirituality." We provide stimulating conversation, opportunity to try new techniques and the chance to share your writing if you wish. Our Zoom link is: https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053

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)

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.

This month, our meditation focuses on the connection between fire, breath and spirituality. Fire is one of four great elements and is essential for sustaining life. The practices this evening will help you find ways to incorporate fire into your practice.

Each gathering introduces or expands on a new meditation practice (e.g a Loving kindness or flute meditation) At this time, we offer this event only on zoom with time for poetry, meditations, breakout groups and discussion. Our link for this group is https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053.

Your free will offerings are always welcome! ($5, $10, $20 suggested). PayPal.me/MHUCC. Help us get the word out!

The Fire of Art and Spirituality (on Zoom)

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Join us this month as we explore the fire of art and spirituality. The group will look at a number of poems, artists and writers who talk about their art and give a hint about our calling to be artists.

During this series we'll be spending time deepening our understanding of our connection with art as a central element of who we are are human beings. Through our art, we believe we can deepen and enliven our own spiritual journey.

This month, we dig in deeper on what it means to be an artist. I'm naming this week's discussion, "Our Calling Keeps Calling." In it, I'm suggesting that our calling as artists is deeply rooted in our calling to be human beings who fully express our spirituality.

We'll also be talking about some of the barriers to that full expression of ourselves and how we get distracted from our "calling." It should be a wonderful evening.You don't need previous experience with the spirituality or artistic background!

At this time we are using Zoom to host our meetings the second Wednesday of each month. We use poetry, art, music and writings from Celtic Spirituality, Indigenous cultures, and current authors to deepen and enrich our discussions.

Each meeting offers rich material for both the newcomer and the seasoned explorer. You can join us on Zoom at this address: https://unwsp.zoom.us/j/98536283053

Your RSVP helps us to better connect with you. Your free will offering is always appreciated ($5, $10, $20 suggested). You can donate to us through PayPal.me/MHUCC. Help us spread the word!

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