Wild Spirituality: A Five Part Online Course to Restore the Conversation Between Nature and the Sacred
With Victoria Loorz
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Check out Victoria Loorz’ free recorded program How Nature Invites Us Into the Sacred: A Free Online Talk, and her article, How Nature Invites Us Into the Sacred.
Humans are made to engage in life-affirming conversation with the whole, holy web of life. But, this great conversation, as evolutionary theologian Thomas Berry calls it, has been broken: “We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars.” Breaking this conversation has devastating consequences for the creatures and bio systems of our planet. This disconnection also has severe consequences for our spirituality and vitality as human participants in the interconnected web of life.
Victoria Loorz, your guide for this five part online course, has wrestled with the impacts of this broken conversation as a pastor of indoor churches, a climate activist, a mother and now as a guide who leads people in spiritual practices that reconnect them with the natural world as sacred. She’s discovered something that many of us have known all along but have never had the cultural, religious or even internal permission to embrace: spirituality and nature are not separate. Attempts to keep them apart actually break the world.
In this course, you will learn how to become part of a restored conversation between yourself and the world. Victoria will introduce you to spiritual practices that will allow you to experience the natural world as teacher, companion, and kin and to enter into an actual relationship with specific places and living beings that can provide an embodied, rooted foundation for your transformation and that of the Earth. Change will not come from ivory towers, UN Resolutions, or politician’s promises. It begins with us being in right relationship to ourselves and the world.
Session One: The Unforgetting: Moving from Seeing Nature as a “Collection of Objects” to a “Communion of Subjects”
Session Two: Courtship of the Particular: Moving from Stewardship to Relationship
Session Three: Beginning a New Conversation with Nature
Session Four: Practices to Enter into Sacred Conversation
Session Five: Bringing Wild Spirituality to Others
Victoria Loorz, MDiv, is a wild church pastor, an eco-spiritual director and co-founder of several transformation-focused organizations focused on the integration of nature and spirituality. She is the cofounder of the ecumenical Wild Church Network and co-founder and director of Seminary of the Wild, which is focused on a deep-dive yearlong Eco-Ministry Certificate program for all those who feel called by Earth and Spirit to “restore the great conversation.” Mother of two young adults, Victoria now calls Bellingham, Washington her home, a beautiful land along the Salish Sea on territory tended and loved for generations by the Coast Salish peoples, in particular the Nooksack and Lummi nations.