resource offers renewal of faith;
New wilderness study guide available for churches
Washington, February 13, 2007
Jesus knew the value of retreating to God’s pristine wilderness to
commune with the Creator.
Now the National Council of Churches has issued a study guide
encouraging others to follow Jesus’ example.
of the Wilderness: Building Christian Faith and Keeping God’s Creation
, encourages Christians to seek out wilderness and other quiet places to
reconnect with God, renew and refresh themselves for ministry, and
rediscover their role as caretakers of God’s creation.
“Wilderness landscapes were central to the spiritual journeys of Moses,
Jesus, and other biblical heroes, and wild lands continue to provide
Christians a venue for peaceful reflection and reconnecting with God,”
said the Rev. Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches general
“In our busy lives today, we need to step back and reconnect with our
spiritual roots. Wilderness and other natural places were often where
Jesus and his disciples did just that, and such places increasingly
require active protection.”
The new study resource contains information and theological reflections
on wilderness, sermon starters, a bulletin insert for a themed worship
service, suggestions for adult and youth study activities, and ideas for
personal and congregational action and service.
Copies of Out of the Wilderness can be downloaded for
free on NCC’s Eco-Justice Programs’ website,
additional resources addressing a range of environmental topics are
available here, too), or copies can be obtained by contacting NCC
Eco-Justice Programs, 110 Maryland Ave, Suite 108, Washington, DC 20002,
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