Many of us feel closest to God in nature. Some of our most profound spiritual experiences take place in nature. Meanwhile the Clemson area is full of places that are, to put it simply, awesome.
Peace Church has decided to do something about this. On the Second Sunday of every month, we have an experience that incorporates the natural world. Our intention is not to simply have an outing, but to provide a framework that is spiritual. Meanwhile, we also want it to be relaxed and enjoyable.
To date Second Sundays have seen us sitting at the foot of waterfalls, floating in kayaks on Lake Jocassee, riding bikes on the Doodle Trail, and experiencing a Japanese Tea Ceremony in the SC Botanical Gardens. Spiritual components have included silence, quiet walking, doodling with chalk, writing haiku, being saged. We have included Native American Spirituality, Celtic Spirituality, and a Zen experience. We have sought out forgotten cemeteries and waded down streams. We are not sure where future ones will lead, but always there is the integrating of the spiritual with God’s creation.
As we generate plans, there are three current rules: No preaching, no lecture, and no singing.
Information about upcoming experiences can be found at:
(Specific Spiritual Focus often develops as the experience gets closer.)
The Botanical Gardens, Meditative Walking, & a Japanese Tea Ceremony
Lake Kayak and Native American Spirituality
Station Cove Falls & Biblical Stelas while remember September 11
After the election, we felt the need to breath. We walked a trail on the edge of Issaqueena Lake, shared Psalms, and breathed.
In December a walk through pine trees included a reflection on an passage from the Bible called “The Peaceable Kingdom” and decorating a tree with birdseed ornaments, popcorn, and cranberries–a tree for the birds.
2 Labyrinths–one we created on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens and one which was in the woods.
The poetry of Maya Angelou while sitting around a fire on the shores of Issaqueena Lake.
A bicycle ride on the Rabbit Trail and an experience of the sacred feminine.
We climbed up to a Pinnacle Mountain overlook in order to see a rock shelf full of ancient Petroglyphs and an experience with early expressions of the spiritual.
A hike to Yellow Branch Falls and an experience on “freedom.”
A walk through a stream bed thinking about “Ripples” and the work of “Annie Dillard” author of “Tinker at Pilgrim Creek.
A cemetery walk into the woods to a “forgotten” cemetery and “remembrance”
A walk along a stream, that led into marshes, that led into a Lake in a fall shrouded world–our theme, Transitions
December included a bonfire and the ‘scents of Christmas