Immigration is one of the key national issues that has enlivened the political debate over the past 10 years. As residents of the borderlands it is critical that we have basic knowledge of the causes and effects so we can be a calm voice in the conversation. This workshop will give people a glimpse of the wall, a walk in the desert, and real life stories of immigrants in our midst as we learn about life in the borderlands and the struggles for border communities to create a better border reality. Participants should bring long pants and closed toe shoes for a Saturday walk in the desert to some migrant memorials.
Spirituality - First Congregational Church, Flagstaff, AZ
Transfiguring Mountains: A Practical Spirituality
The word “spirituality” often conjures up images of quiet retreats, focused prayers, deepening meditations, wise old mothers and fathers living in desert caves or monasteries removed from what we may think of as “normal” everyday life, with its noise, chaos, stress, responsibilities and demands. In this session, using topography as a metaphor – we will take a kind of bird’s-eye view of the spiritual terrain of our practical, day-to-day lives. We will explore its mountain and valley landscapes, and look specifically at some common “mountain” experiences within which we often find ourselves immersed, their motivations, challenges, risks and gifts. We will discover how God is present and interacting with us to offer us spiritual opportunities for growth and transformation. We will come away with a kind of topographical map that can spiritually aid our practical excursions in life.