When Gratitude Feels Like Bullshit

“Why do you always park over here?” He slammed the door as he got in the car. “What are you, stupid?” A while ago, I was living with a friend who had a 15-year-old boy; I’d often pick him up from school when she was working. I actually love this kid, so I took a…

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.  

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….

Lessons of Easter about Love and Social Justice

I don’t believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. I believe that Jesus Christ died because he bucked the power structure of the Roman Empire. I believe he was executed by the state for questioning the power of the political and religious elites and leading other people to question that power. I believe he…

Daily Spiritual Challenge: Try Something New (March 27-May 14)

Each season (liturgical or actual season) Into the Wilderness hosts a different spiritual daily challenge on Facebook. During the Easter season (March 27-May 14) Into the Wilderness welcomes you to a practice of renewal and rebirth. Each day, try a new thing and post about it on our Easter Facebook group. Could be a new…

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…

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…

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…

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…