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Spirituality in the 21st Century: Flaring Forth into Fullness of Life with Prairiewoods

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - May 1 @ 3:00 pm


Prairiewoods celebrates our 25th anniversary year with a truly special Spirituality in the 21st Century event, offered entirely online via Zoom. This year’s online gathering features Thomas Berry biographers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim from the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology (https://fore.yale.edu/).

Tucker and Grim are the executive producers of the Emmy Award–winning film Journey of the Universe, narrated by Brian Swimme (https://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/). This year’s event also welcomes eco-philosopher David Abram, founding director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (https://wildethics.org/) and author of Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal. We will also be joined by Joanna Macy–protégé and Active Hope aficionada Kathleen Rude, author of the eco-mystical novel The Redemption of Red Fire Woman (https://gaiawisdom.org/).

The beautiful musical accompaniment of Sara Thomsen (https://sarathomsen.com) will weave lyrical poetry throughout the weekend. This event promises to be one of profound story, an opportunity for healing and refreshment, a wakeful enlightenment for our imagination with music as balm for the soul, and a gentle invitation for immersion into the wider “We” we have been longing for with all our hearts.

From Prairiewoods’ founding until 2021, our mission has been framed with the Universe Story, a 13.7-billion-year journey that celebrates the wild fecundity of life from the Great Flaring Forth forward. Mary Evelyn and John share a passion and abiding love for the pioneering work of self-described “geologian” Thomas Berry, as well as his field’s foremost formative architect, Jesuit paleontologist and eco-philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ.

They will take us along on a fantastic exploration of how Teilhard’s and Thomas’ work continues to unfold in eco-spirituality circles today. As a spellbinding artist and cartographer of the numinous in creation, David captivates listeners with his uncanny ability to draw us into communion with the breathing, animate Earth, a community of living subjects all pulsating with the rhythm of the unfolding cosmos. After an hour or two with David submerging us in what Berry called the “single gorgeous celebratory event” that is creation, we will begin to feel more in sync with our creature-kin and arbor-elders, the stones and the crashing waves, than we ever thought possible.

And as an environmentalist, shamanic practitioner, writer and activist/educator, Kathleen will invite us to enter into the very fabric of creation’s extended family, the ineffable beauty and mystery of the web of life, as healing for our spiritual malaise. Along with our beloved musician-of-Earth Sara Thomsen, they will coax us (ala Thoreau) to “live deep and suck all the marrow out of life,” and celebrate the unfolding of the Universe Story as a context for spiritual sojourners in 2021.

This two-day event will take place entirely online via Zoom, and the cost is $75. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700. If you are up for the mission, come expecting the joy of surprise and a taste of new life!


April 30 @ 7:00 pm
May 1 @ 3:00 pm
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Andi Lewis


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