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Even in Pandemic: Wisdom & Wonder from the Book of Nature at Prairiewoods

  • Details

  • 9/23/20
  • 10 - 11 a.m.
  • $20.0
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Educational
  • Speaker

Event Description

During these past long months, and who knows how far forward into the future, we’ve all coiled more and more deeply into the narrow landscape of the world—especially the natural world—closest to wherever we’ve been sheltering in place. For many of us, the one holy tether amid these unforeseen constrictions has been our connection to the quietudes and rhythms of the heavens above and the stirrings of the earth that roots and surrounds us. In this short one-hour Zoom offering, facilitator Barbara Mahany will stir the conversation with a brief overview of the Book of Nature as a centuries-old theology, one drawn upon by mystics and monastics, scholars and poets. We will share a few particularly soulful passages, poems, and prayers to draw our attention more finely into the wisdoms and wonders—and saving graces—of Creation. We will discuss these wonders to evoke reflections, to dwell on the healing capacities of Nature and to prickle curiosities and yearnings for deeper contemplation and exploration therein. Among the possible poets and writers we’d draw from are Mary Oliver, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pope Francis, Thomas Merton and Terry Tempest Williams. The cost of this one-hour Zoom discussion is $20. Please register to receive the Zoom link. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at or 319-395-6700.