I know that this weblog looks for all the world like it is about hiking. However...it is a little broader than that. As I have mentioned in other places, it is an attempt to find ways to experience spiritual connection in nature, and outside of church. What we think of as church is dying. The plague has accelerated the tendencies that already existed in our society. I am not worried. People are still finding social and spiritual connection. They are continuing to be active in the world.
All this writing is part of a larger project just forming as part of my sabbatical time next year. Yes, ministers (many of them at least) get sabbaticals. They are not as long as the ones we know of from academia or business. They still exist, though. Mine is formed to delve into this question of connection and to report back here and in other places...like church...which I said was on its way out but still serves many many people who are asking life's deep questions.
Anyway, this is a sermon inspired by my project and delivered to the Eliot Church of Natick, MA. It is non-creedal, so people have a wide range of views on religion and theology. Still, they have these questions and like examining them together. I preach most weeks and will NOT be posting many sermons here. This one did seem to be relevant however...
I am a full-time pastor in a small, progressive church in Massachusetts. This blog is about the non-church things I do to find spiritual sustenance.