From June 4-7 I (Wendy) attended the first ever Wild Church Network retreat in Wisconsin. It was a wonderful gathering of leaders who are offering wild church or forest church in their watersheds. We worshiped and theologized and shared ideas and dreamed about this network and what the future may hold for groups who are engaging people in "rewilded" outdoor worship experiences in their local eco-regions. We also prayed together. Here is a morning prayer I offered before breakfast:
Great, green God of growth,
generous giver of life and all good things -
We give you our thanks for the
gifts of the four elements
which come together
in this food, in our bodies,
and in all that has life.
The fertile earth;
the fire of the sun;
the air, breath of life;
the water, that flows in us and around us.
Bless the food we share,
Bless the hands that brought it to us,
bless our bodies,
and bless those we we are blessed
to share this meal with.
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.