Flash Ministry

Join Into the Wilderness at the MLK march in Oakland on Monday, January 18. We’ll be meeting at 1798 Scenic Ave in Berkeley (near the sign for PSR) at 10:30 on Monday morning. Then we’ll walk down to the BART and head over. For more info on the march: https://www.facebook.com/events/1541563859495909/

Epiphany: A Practice of Wonder

Epiphany: January 6, 2016 to Feb 9, 2016 In Christian traditions, Epiphany is the manifestation of the holy/sacred in the world — a time of inspiration and awareness of wonder in the world. (see below for history notes) To celebrate the season of Epiphany (which runs from January 6-February 9) each day we will post…

Extreme Psalter: A daily meditation practice

Have you been thinking about a daily meditation practice? Join Into the Wilderness every Monday thru Friday from 7 – 7:30 am for our daily psalm meditation. We read a psalm together, meditate in silence for 5 minutes and then briefly share thoughts for the day. We’re going through the whole Psalter. All 150 psalms,…

Psalm September ’15 is Coming….

Looking for a way to jump start your daily meditation practice? Join Into the Wilderness for Psalm September. The psalms trace the full range and emotion of a life of faith —  from lament to gratitude (sometimes in the same verse). Some of them seem completely annoying and outdated. We’ll read those too. Join us…

Vacation Bible School Updates

1. Schedule updates!  See update schedule here…. Tonight at 6:30 we’ll be welcoming Dr. Sharon Fennema, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship & Director of Worship Life for a talk called “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner?!” which will focus on holy eating in Luke.  (Last week got postponed due to low holiday attendance. If you haven’t already…

VBS Lectures and Reflections

Miss a session? Don’t worry — we’ll be including recordings of the lectures/reflections here. We don’t record the discussions afterwards…so don’t miss out!  🙂

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…