ENCOUNTER | CREATION
July 13th, 2019 - July 20th, 2019
Possibility in a word. Actuality struck in a match. For beginnings without end, the darkness has not overcome it.
Look up! Look around! Cumulonimbus, cirrus, nimbostratus, cotton candy marshmallow. A riot of color, canvas for the divine. But air. Nothing but atmosphere. Blank space. Yawning portal for prophet’s chariot, for the men of Galilee’s upturned eyes.
Pangea crashing, sharp teeth rising, old bones weathered down. Whipping winds and sun-bleached stone. Moriah and Sinai. Golgotha and Tabor.
Sprinkling drops on dusty ground, swirling eddies, crashing tide, thunderous crack of the first summer storm. Rising floodwaters, a parted sea, waves calmed by Word. A font, an infant’s cry.
Tree bark, cherry blossoms, weeds and wheat and chaff. Ground grains with water (hold the yeast). Ancient words on modern altars. From life to death to Presence.
Soft glow of dawn. Brightness of noon. Golden evening. Fiery leave-taking. An appointed time for everything. Wax and wane. Abraham’s promise, Guadalupe’s cloak.
Thrumming wings, dappled scales beneath the ripples. Eagles soar and dove descends. Fish come quicker than nets take in. Trumpeting Serengeti sounds, majestic antlers, sinuous tiger-lines, the quick dark of a stumbled-upon wild thing. Nose smudges on zoo glass. Reports in elementary scrawl. Did you wonder once? Do you wonder still?
Good, good, good, good, good, very good! So He speaks.
This is your stuff, oh child of dust.
You are here.
Breathe in, breath out.
Fearfully and wonderfully made.
A part and apart, destined for glory.
Destined for stewardship of all we've received, of the sacred geography of body and soul.
May we never lose our wonder.
"I praise You
because I am fearfully,
wonderfully made; wonderful are your works!
My very self you know."
| Psalm 139: 14 |
Join us for 8 days & 7 nights at the wild edges of God's creation!
| WEEK AT A GLANCE |
Saturday, July 13
Arrive at Denver International Airport, transportation to Wyoming
Sunday, July 14
Rock climbing lesson, camping gear distribution
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
Wilderness backpacking through the Wind River Range
Saturday, July 20
Return transportation to Denver
| BODY |
Physically demanding hiking across scenic mountain ranges
All meals & camping gear included
Outdoor rock climbing + belay lesson
Outdoor skills training:
Map & Compass Navigation
High Country Safety
| SOUL |
Personal prayer & Catholic sacraments
Friendship & community growth
Whole Person formation:
Solitude before God
Body & Soul Unity
Created Male & Female
Choices, Falls, & Rising Anew
| COSTS |
$750 + your transportation to Denver
$200 non-refundable deposit due at registration
$550 final payment due by June 2nd
This trip is in collaboration with COR Expeditions, who will provide:
Transportation to & from Denver Airport
Food & camping gear
2 nights accommodations at turn-of-the-century dude ranch
Note: you will need to bring your own clothing, toiletries, and assorted personal effects. A full packing list will be provided to registered participants.
| LEARN MORE |
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Registration deadline: JUNE 2ND