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Church of the Wild: A Conversation with Victoria Loorz

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Church of the Wild places Thoreau’s intimacy with nature into a community of spiritual practice. With a fresh look at a beloved community larger than our own species, this book uncovers the wild roots of faith to undergird our commitment to a groaning and glorious earth. Simple practices of sacred reconnection with the land, waters and creatures of our home places invites us to care for the world by falling in love with it.  It is an invitation to trust the knowing deep within us that we are an important part of an interconnected relationship with All That Is.
Victoria is joined in conversation by Richard Higgins.
Victoria Loorz, MDiv, an eco-spiritual director and wild church pastor, is focused on spiritual practices that help to restore sacred relationships with the Earth.  She co-founded the ecumenical Wild Church Network, a growing group of spiritual leaders on the edges of the Christ tradition who gather outside of buildings, encountering God directly in intimate relationship with the natural world. Victoria founded and leads The Center for Wild Spirituality, (formerly called Seminary of the Wild), a movement hub for fellow edge-walkers who feel called into a new kind of spiritual leadership within a beloved community larger than our species.  She delivers workshops and is the author of the award-winning book, Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred.
Richard Higgins is a writer, book editor and the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees. He was a staff writer for The Boston Globe for 20 years, and is on the Thoreau Society board.  A graduate of Holy Cross College, Columbia Journalism School, and Harvard Divinity School, Richard lives in Concord. His new book on Thoreau’s religion is scheduled to come out from the University of Chicago Press in 2024.   He is also coauthor of Portfolio Life (Wiley) and co-editor of Taking Faith Seriously (Harvard University Press).


Jun 03 2023


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