Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich

Be a gardener. Dig a ditch, toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship.Continue reading “Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich”

Doing away with false dichotomies

I think it’s worth having a discussion about the false dichotomies that forest church does away with. Traditionally in the west there has been an emphasis on the goodness of the sky, the spirit, the light and men. Yet, the scriptures affirm that YHWH also created the earth, the body, the night and women. AndContinue reading “Doing away with false dichotomies”

Mystical Poetry by Hildegard of Bingen

God’s Word is in all creation No creature has meaning without the Word of God. God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant all creativity. This Word flashes out in every creature. This is how the spirit is in the flesh – the Word is indivisibleContinue reading “Mystical Poetry by Hildegard of Bingen”

Is contemporary Christianity is way too anthropocentric?

I have to say, I think contemporary Christianity is way too anthropocentric. Some expressions are very individualistic, focussing on the “personal relationship with Jesus” and not much else. Others are more communal, emphasizing the “Kingdom of God” in which, refreshingly, horizontal relationships are affirmed as well. But this still falls short of affirming Jesus asContinue reading “Is contemporary Christianity is way too anthropocentric?”