Gratitude and depression

I was dreading Christmas that year, 2011. It wasn’t the first holiday I’d spend alone – it had been seven years since I’d been in a romantic relationship during the holidays, and more than twenty since I would fly back to my hometown. Not that family has to be romantic or genetic; when I lived…

Gratitude Month is Coming 2018

Daily Gratitude List:  Make a list of things/people/furry critters you are grateful for and share it to the Facebook ItW Gratitude group.  It really lightens the mood of your newsfeed! Each season, Into the Wilderness offers a spiritual challenge on Facebook. Join our mailing list for updates.  

Gratitude Month is Back!

  Daily Gratitude List:  Make a list of things/people/furry critters you are grateful for and share it to the Facebook ItW Gratitude group.  It really lightens the mood of your newsfeed!

New Spring Programming at Into the Wilderness

Online Morning Meditation:  Online Morning Meditation, MWF,  7:00 a.m. -7:30 am Pacific   Looking for a way to jump start your daily meditation practice?  Start your week with Meditation at 7:00 am Pacific, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We log in, have an opening prayer, read some scripture, meditate for 5 minutes, and share a bit….

Lent is Coming: Into Vulnerability

I hate giving things up. I have zero willpower. Seriously, for me, immediate gratification takes too long. So, what to do with Lent, a season that I used to understand as a time to give something up? The gift of Lent for me is this: it is a time to give up something/take up something…

Valley of Bones

A brief Easter translation-(ish) poem on Ezekiel 37, modified for the for the “reticent, the recalcitrant, the bitter, those staunchly anti-Higher Power,” as requested by my friend Diane: The hand of the holy is on me, and She carries me through the sky and sets me in the middle of a valley; it is full…

Lent 15: Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness is an experimental spiritual community that will meet during Lent. There are three parts to Into the Wilderness – you can choose just one, or do all four. 1. Opening ritual Wednesday, February 18, 6:00– 6:50 p.m. Loper Chapel (First Church Berkeley, at the corner of Dana St and Durant Ave in…

Ash Wednesday Sermon 3-5-14

Note: This was the opening sermon for Lent in 2014. Matthew 4 1:11  If the link below doesn’t work, just download the zip version here. Sermon 3-5-14 (As of today, I am still not smoking. Thanks, God!) Join us for Lent 15!

New Programming from Into the Wilderness coming in 2015!

Hey folks: New programming from ITW coming in 2015! Artist’s Way Support Gang:  The Artist’s Way has been a popular tool for recovering as an artist (hint: everyone is creative!).  While the book is set up as a 12-week program, we’ll be working on it all year, meeting at an online webinar once each month…