How did you come to discover Creation Spirituality?
Pure blessing from meeting Rev. Howard Hanger in 1993 at a youth event with my son. I knew I needed to dip into this deep, life-giving well at Jubilee! I soon began giving 5-minute nature meditations there during their Sunday celebrations. By incorporating natural history, humor and creation spirituality, I realized this gave many folks a 'place at the table' to learn more about the natural world, the marvelous flora and fauna of the Blue Ridge Mountains and by embracing the outdoors at a deeper level, hence a better toolbox to grapple with the difficult questions in life. What a blessing to hang out with these holy folk.
These "nature moments" led to the opportunity to present a week's worth of "holy wanderings" in an Art as Meditation at a CS Intensive in Asheville years ago with Andrew Harvey (and Patte Mitchell, and Mel Bricker). I will never, ever, ever forget one holy moment during one of the sessions. On a nearby table, one of the monarch butterfly chrysalides began to open - (a butterfly was being born). One of the students noticed it, gasped and pointed. Andrew Harvey interrupted his wild, wonderful, holy presentation and invited everyone in the room to come over... to quietly watch it eclose... to drink in the mystery... the magic... the marvel... Incarnate teaching; a holy moment.
Being born in the mountains and being close to the land, I learned from my grandmother about wild plants and medicines. Jubilee and CS gave me a "place at the table" to share this with the wider world. I become overwhelmed when I consider the vast, positive difference that Jubilee has made in so many thousands of lives over the years.
This glorious path has led me to offer workshops at various venues on monarch butterfly conservation and four wonder-full visits to their overwintering reserves in central Mexico. As marvelous as the monarchs are to see by the hundreds of thousands in the forests there, it was equally meaningful for me to greet and learn from the local ejidatarios near the monarch reserves. It was like going back in time in the southern Appalachians, where people still grow their own food, care for their large, extended family and are more interested in a good life than good living.
How can I keep from singing?
What is your first language?
English, and struggling with Spanish :)
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Thank you for your message over a month ago! I am sorry it has taken so very long for me to reply. I too think of you and that wonderful event in Birmingham often. Our family is well, Carter is now 11, still dancing and Graham is now eight and loves Baseball. Where is your son now? When you came to Birmingham He was just heading off to college and to follow his musical bliss. A mighty oak struck our house on Easter night during a storm and we have had to move to a small apartment while our house is being repaired. I am about to start a sabbatical, having served at Highlands for 20 years now and will be going to Chartres to walk the labyrinth. I also hope to come to Asheville for the Matthew Fox event so maybe we can catch up then!
Good afternoon Ina,
I wanted to touch base to let you know the Sacred Celebration planning group has your offer to participate in the Asheville event this July. We are having our second meeting and just getting underway with planning.
If apologize for the delay in reconnecting with you. If you are still interested, I'll connect with you when we have firmed up our plans.
Thanks for the information on the butterflys...will lokt it up. We live in a town house kind of building. We do have a garden in front and take care of the areas around our drive behind. Will see if I can develop a little crop of milkweed. The insects are one of the things I enjoy about our garden.
Sorry to be so slow in responding. Good to see you are a part of this community. I was pleased to receive the news about the Monarch Butterflies. I did not know they were in abudance in Oakland. Will have to find out about that. Look forward to being in Asheville this summer. I remember the course you taught for UCS with much appreciation. The students responded so positively to the class and to you.
Thanks Ina. I would love to find an opportunity to use the labyrinth. I have a 48 foot diameter Chartres-style at my home. We did an Easter Sunrise walk yesterday listening to the birds and looking for the sun to break through the clouds. I'll take this idea to our sacred celebration planning group.