We’ve started the latest Darkwood Brew video series for our Sunday morning Adult Faith Formation gathering: Gifts of the Dark Wood. These video series is not one in which you are behind if you miss a week.
Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings—these gifts of the Dark Wood—can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover. According to the ancients, you don’t need to be a saint or spiritual master to experience profound awakening. You don’t even have to be “above average”. All you really need to be is struggling. In this 9-part series (plus a bonus episode with Frank Schaeffer) Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D, author of Gifts of the Dark Wood, acts as a guide as we explore such “gifts” as Uncertainty, Emptiness, Lostness, and Failure. This series is for anyone who feels awkward in their search for God, who seeks to find holiness amid their holy mess. While the series stands alone, it is a perfect accompaniment for book groups reading Gifts of the Dark Wood.
We’ll be hearing from some great voices in progressive Christianity – Melvin Bray, Diana Butler Bass, Parker Palmer, Winnie Varghese, Jacob Slichter,Lillian Daniel, Chuck Marohnic, and Brian McLaren. For those of you who joined us a couple of years back for the “Living the Questions” series – these are some of the people that we really resonated with in that series.
Join us at 9:30 am in the Gathering Space!