Meeting One Another on the Journey, Literally!

Embodied, Centering Ritual To Begin the Day, Followed by a Local Pilgrimage

by Pastor Carol Tomer

You are invited — to a special time of worshipping and journeying together, outside!

Our incarnational ways of connecting are evolving. Here’s the latest version of our Perambulations and Ponderings:

In these days when God's creation beckons us to come outside, let’s come together to meet one another for worship and walking.

On two Saturdays in August, we’ll meet at the corner of West River Parkway and 42nd Street, just across the Ford Parkway Bridge, on the Minneapolis side of the Mississippi River. (It’s near the Minnehaha Academy south campus.) That lovely, tree-lined parkway, the wide, green median, and Edmund Blvd that runs parallel to the parkway, offer us wide, welcoming ways to walk six feet apart without difficulty, in groups of 3-4 people each. Plenty of space.

We will begin with a special time of worship, an embodied, centering ritual to begin the day. Here’s what that will include:

  •  5-10 minutes of Tai Chi Chih, led by Mary Weddle, accredited Tai Chi Chih instructor. She will lead us through these Chinese-rooted meditative movements to circulate the energy in our bodies, to support our centering practices in our daily lives.

  • Reflective meditation

  • Prayers of intersectionality

  • Blessing of one another and the whole earth.

 

For this time of ritual, we’ll stand in a circle, with ample space between us, God’s beautiful earth under our feet, and lots of space above us! :)

Come for the ritual time, stay for the walk.

I will be there, at the corner, at 9 am. If you can’t find me that morning, call me at 612-770-9648.

Here are our upcoming Saturday gatherings (weather permitting, of course):

  • Saturday, August 15, 9 am

  • Saturday, August 29, 9 am

 

Per Minnesota guidelines:

We will spread out, maintaining a six-foot distance except within households. If we exceed being a group of 25 people, we will spread out even more. We are encouraged to wear masks, although it is not required. And we ask that you wash your hands before and after our time together, that you cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and that you stay at home if you are sick.

These summer days offer us ways of connecting that are special gifts for God's pilgrim people in these extraordinary times.

I look forward to being together!