Sabbath Walk: Meditations in Nature
with Rev. Matt Larson
In Judaism, nature and the outdoors play a significant role in one’s practice of Sabbath. We will gather a group to go on a slow, contemplative walk outdoors (weather and grounds permitting). We ask participants to deliberately walk slow and in silence for about 45 minutes while listening and observing the natural world around us, paying attention to our bodies. Together, the group will process the experience afterward.
Sabbath as Play: Improv and Ministry
with Angela Craig Donovan of Matchbox Children’s Theater (Austin, MN)
Christians can sometimes do a good job of ruining the Sabbath with rules about not playing or having fun. But the Sabbath was intended to cultivate joy, delight, and community! Drawing on improv games, we will create space for creativity, laughter, and play.
Writing the Sabbath: The Prayers and Poems of Wendell Berry
with Rev. Elizabeth Hermeier
We will immerse ourselves in Sabbath poetry and prayers of Wendell Berry. After reading and meditating on selections, there will be a guided space for you to write your own sabbath prayer or poem. (Sharing: optional.)
Practicing Sabbath While Raising Kids: Can it really work?
with Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio
Hear from Dr. Bonfiglio as he shares about his life as a father of a 7-year old and a pastor’s spouse (yes, his wife is a minister). It will be a conversation shaped by the questions and thoughts of those attending. We will think about what it means to put Sabbath into practice while surrounded by the complexities of family life.
Art as Sabbath Practice
with Rev. Lisa Janke and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan (Limited attendance, sign-up will be available Monday morning)
Throughout the pandemic, Olive Branch (a ministry of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester) has been creating art in community as a way to quiet our minds and make space for emotions to be both felt and set free. Art is a wonderful way to practice accepting things as they are without judgment. Lisa Janke and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan will lead us in creating abstract designs with alcohol inks that can be made into greeting cards or framed art. No experience is required to walk away with something unique and beautiful.
Creative Open Space
There will be a space available that is full of creative supplies, prompts, and possibilities. Feel free to drop in and explore, grab some supplies, stay and play, or take them to a comfy spot. Be creative together or solo. This is a space of infinite possibilities to explore and practice creative sabbath.