The Shadowland FIRMing is a three-day event designed for men who have experiened the Rites of Passage and who have participated in the follow-up process, Journey of Illumination. It is an intensive event containing solitude, ritual, and a 24-hour period of extended silence in the wilderness. It is intended for those who have already attended the MROP (Men's Rites of Passage) and have have engaged in an intentional journey of accountable connection with a Soul brother, working to develop spiritual disciplines in five areas: centering, gathering, connecting, releasing and serving.
Wandering in nature is perhaps the most essential soulcraft practice for contemporary Westerners who have wandered so far from nature. Earth speaks to us with a manner and might unlike anything in town. What nature has to say is the necessary complement to what we hear all day long from news, ads, and social chatter. To save our soul, we need nature's news.
I dare to call action birthed from contemplation the greatest art form because I believe it is. It underlies all those other, more visible art forms we see in great sculpture, music, writing, painting, and most especially in the art form called human character. when these two (action and contemplation) are one, the result is always beauty, symmetry, and transformative form -- lives and actions that inherently sparkle and heal.
If the nations that built on the Judeo-Christian heritage do not soon see the work of earth care and climate change as a moral and spiritual imperative, one wonders how we will have any moral authority left?
It has become rather clear to many of us that both top leaders in the church and leading politicians in society are largely made up of men who wanted to get there. What is lost to our society, however, is much needed wisdom and the common good, and often just basic spirituality.
The edge is a holy place, or as the Celts called it, "a thin place" and you have to be taught how to live there. To take your position on the spiritual edge of things is to learn how to move safely in and out, back and forth, across and return. It is a prophetic position, not a rebellious or antisocial one.
Bob Sabath, one of Sojourners' founding members, looks back on 40 years of creating community. "It takes a contemplative mind to see one’s own inner contradictions, the failures and inherent betrayals within our own lives and the institutions that we help to create," he says.