We are very fond of Parfrey’s Glen, which is close to Devils Lake in Wisconsin. Years ago we took the kids along a very developed trail. Six years ago a flood came through and demolished most of the trail up the riverbed. Now it is a bit of a challenge but a more natural environment. Here are a few pictures from this past Wednesday morning.
First we thought about this:
– …the universe… is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God… (Belgic Confession, Article 2)
Think of a time when you were able to hear the message of the universe and its creatures. What allowed you at that time to hear that message?
Then we painted…
You may have been asking, how is this class different than last years? Nancy Macgregor and I walked the river a couple of weeks ago and we set the locations for this year’s class sessions. We will mostly be at new locations, including the Locks area on the North end and where the Yahara enters Lake Monona on the South end. If you like water you will like these locations.
I have revised the spiritual part of the class. These reflections will show you how to use the skills of artistic observation for spiritual reflection. We will develop our eyes to see what we often only glance at. We will consider the elements of the environment and what they reveal.
- How abundant is life in our world?
- How is each life suited to its place?
- How do elements such as water and light change, and what do they reveal to our eyes?
We will consider the nature of human interaction with nature –
- In what ways is this interaction mutual?
- Which has the greater impact?
Finally we will tie each of these observations to a scriptural link. That is, how do the two books of revelation complement each other?
At the first class you will be provided with single folio book to record your reflections and observations as we travel along the river for the six weeks of the class.
Join us this June and July along the river.