ItW Does Vacation Bible School! The Gospel of Luke!

We figured we’d celebrate the grand tradition of Vacation Bible School, by offering one of our own, for grown-ups. We won’t be making felt sheep or finger-painting Jesus (unless you want to!), but we will be meeting online twice weekly to do an in-depth focus on the Gospel of Luke. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ATTEND…

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…

Back to Dust: Thoughts on Psalm 90*

Every Monday, ITW folks meets online to read a psalm together, meditate and then share a few thoughts. All are welcome to join us. So, Psalm 90 is one of those psalms that really focus on the brief span of mortality: “You turn us back to dust/and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’/For a thousand years…

Lent ’15 Informal Reflection, Ash Wednesday

Here is our really, really, really, informal reflection from our Ash Wednesday service. (Scripture below). (If you’re wondering, last year’s sermon is here.) Also, we’ll be meeting tonight for our online check in. Hope to see you there.  All are welcome Lent 15 sermon 1 Matthew 4:1-11 4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit…

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!

Poetry Meditation 1/21/15

Join ITW for an online meditation on Vandana Khanna’s poem Evening Prayer (see below). Register here. We start online at 7:30 and read the poem together, take 5 minutes of silent meditation and then have a brief discussion. We tend to focus on the spiritual elements of poems, so we’re generally not delving deeply into…

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…

Reflection 3/25 on Ephesians 5: 8-14

Did you miss the sermon tonight? Check it out here: 3-25-14 Reflection Sara Warfield, seminarian and ItW’s featured photographer, leads us in a discussion on Ephesians 5: 8-14. Ephesians 5: 8-14 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light…

Sermon 3/11/14 Psalm 32

So, if you have about 8 minutes and missed the 3/11 reflection, it is below for your listening pleasure. Because I’m a little low tech, you might want to start at the :18 mark. (You also have to download the file vs. playing it directly here.) Psalm 32 Reflection Psalm 32 Happy are those whose…