WALK AND WORD
Walk and Word - A new ministry led by Jeanne Lavieri:
I will be launching a new ministry beginning Sunday, September 9th, 2018. It will be an opportunity for those who feel spiritually alive while in nature to explore the writings in the Bible through the process of journal writing. Walk and Word is as simple as it sounds. We’ll meet at Deukmejian Park in Glendale at 8 AM on Sunday mornings. https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/community-services-parks/parks-facilities-historic-sites/deukmejian-wilderness-park#ad-image-1 Find me in the parking lot, near the restrooms and we'll head up for a moderate one hour hike. Then we’ll return to a picnic table to write a journal response to a selection of scripture. Sharing your writing will be optional.
Nature and the Bible may be more closely related than we first think. The Gospel of John begins:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being.”
John used the Greek Logos for Word. Logos is defined as “the rational principle that develops and governs the universe.” People have many words for that principle source of our origins. I call it God, and I believe that Jesus the Christ is the presence of God, the God with us, Emmanuel, in the universe with us.
The words of the Bible were spoken poetry for centuries before they were written down. They have conveyed relevance to many throughout the ages, and continue to hold insights for those who approach them with open hearts and minds. When I am out walking in nature, I experience a heightened awareness and awe of my surroundings. The crunchy support of the gravel beneath my boots, the scent of the chaparral, sightings of lizards, birds, rabbits, and deer all cause my heart and mind to expand and words to flow. So a walk is a great warm up for writing, and writing is good way to wind down after a hike and to set some impressions and experiences into words. Walk and Word.
All are welcome to this Sunday morning practice. Please bring your own water and snacks, or anything else you have on a hike. You can bring your own journal if you like; I will provide a sheet of paper with the scripture and some simple writing prompts. If you are not able to hike, you could sit and take in the spectacular view from one of the wheel chair accessible tables and then join us for the writing portion. Walk and Word will be meeting on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and sometimes 5th) Sundays. We will not meet on the first Sundays of the month. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne by phone or email. Here’s a link to the Meet Up listing: https://www.meetup.com/La-Crescenta-Walking-Meetup/events/253422799/
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace…” Isaiah 52:7
About Jeanne Lavieri:
As a child in Connecticut, I attended a Methodist church with my family. During my teens I turned my spiritual search away from church and found meaning elsewhere - in the lyrics of my favorite songwriters, in art, in clay, in family, and outdoors. Later in life I felt a need for more substance and depth to move me on my spiritual journey. I read and journaled. My searching was rewarded with a close and warm experience of the divine, and I have been expressing my faith in spiritual communities ever since. After a few years in some Unitarian Universalist congregations, I found my way to Crescenta Valley UMC, back to the denomination where I began. In my 24 years here, I have continued to learn and grow and serve. I’ve been the Lay Leader at CVUMC for several years and recently was approved to be a Certified Lay Minister. Right now, I’m hearing a call to be outside on Sundays, to be out in nature and to meet others who feed their souls there. God is so much bigger than a building and Creation is calling us to be in relationship.