What is Going to Happen at Into the Wildnerness, Anyways?

Into the Wilderness is an experimental spiritual community that will

Courtesy of Sara Warfield
Courtesy of Sara Warfield

meet during Lent. There are three parts to Into the Wilderness – you can choose just one, or do all three.

We are a LGBT friendly, progressive, and open to all.  First Church Berkeley, at the corner of Dana St and Durant Ave in Berkeley, has graciously agreed to lend us space for our events.

  1. Weekly Service:

Tuesday nights during Lent (3/11 till 4/15), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Loper Chapel

This service will combine elements of traditional worship with the open sharing of our own stories.  Each service will include taize style music, scripture, a brief reflection, silent meditation and time to share as a group. We will close with communion each week. Our topics will be “wilderness” topics such as dealing with shame, forgiveness, sexuality, conflict, and loss. Guest preachers include Rev. Jay Johnson, Rev. Ann Jefferson, and seminarian Randall Sparling.

Opening ritual

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Loper Chapel

Come to the opening ritual to set your intentions for Lent. This short service will include an overview and a time to reflect on your Lenten practice. (It’s ok if you miss the opening ritual! You can still come.)

Daily Spiritual Practice Covenant Group: Meeting online. Commit to a daily spiritual practice and check-in online with others for mutual support and community. This group will meet on a moderated private Facebook page. To sign up, contact wildernesspopup@gmail.com

12-Step Workshop:

Saturday mornings, (3/8 till 4/20) , 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sunburst Room.


This workshop is for anyone who would like to explore how to use the steps as tools for spiritual growth. You do not need to be in recovery to attend this workshop — the steps are just practical tools that can be modified to help explore and deepen your spiritual life.

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