What Is Worship in the Wilderness?
Throughout history, many theologians have spoken about the deep connections between spirituality and nature. Within the Judeo-Christian faith, wilderness imagery has been used throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament alike to illustrate both beautiful and difficult encounters between God and humankind -from the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years, to the Psalmist finding comfort in God leading him "beside the still waters," to Elijah hearing the voice of God whispering to him in the mountains, to Jesus retreating to a mountain to pray.
It is also our belief that maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle should be seen as an important spiritual discipline, recognizing that physical stagnation and spiritual stagnation often go hand-in-hand.
Worship in the Wilderness attempts to bring these three things (physical activity, spirituality, and nature) together in the context of a monthly hike with elements of worship built-in. It is our hope that as we carve out time to encounter God amidst the beautiful, surprising, and sometimes even slightly harsh landscape that surrounds us we will grow to see the wilderness as a powerful metaphor for our lives spent with God.
Who Is Invited?
Everyone is welcome who would like to encounter the holy within our beautiful New Mexico wilderness areas. You need not be a superstar athlete to join us (we are definitely not out to set any speed records), but those who come should be able to walk 4+ miles on uneven terrain without much difficulty. Also, you do not need to be a member of any church in order to participate fully in all the worship elements of our hikes.
When and Where Do We Meet?
We meet on the first Saturday of every month (unless otherwise noted) in the Smith's parking lot at Central and Tramway in Albuquerque. The times and trail locations will vary throughout the year, depending on weather and trail conditions. Be sure to check back often for updates on upcoming hikes, as all plans are subject to change.