Our Collective Journal

Feb. 2017/ May 2017


  

"I have often felt a motion of love to leave some hints

in writing of my experience of the goodness of God." 

--John Woolman  

 

Chapter 28

When have you been led to a place of healing? 

  

Opal Creek, Photo by JP

 

Related StoryWilderness


 

The Life and Grace of Place

It was the summer of 1992.  A profound ominous darkness that had hovered for months settled in, took residence and rooted deep in every cell. He had completed suicide six months earlier leaving our five children ages 3, 5,... [more]

 
 

Becoming Grounded in a New Place

This year in Eastern Oregon has for me been a strange mix of excitement in exploring with Derek a new and wild part of the worldand of intense grief at being separated from my community of faith. Long-distance connections... [more]

 
 

Hallowed be Thy Name

For many years I returned to an island in Maine for a few weeks in June. It was a quiet time, still between seasons, no longer spring but not yet full summer. The ferry ride to the island was an... [more]

 
 

Wilderness

The small creek flowing down the incline on my left drew my attention, and I hoped there might be a good place to set up my camp out of sight of other hikers and backpackers but not too far from... [more]

 
 

The Cathedral

My extended family owns a quarter-section of land in Wisconsin — a homestead from 1870. My deeply homesick Swedish relatives, who had been horse-keepers and hostelers in the old country, chose a piece of land that reminded them of home... [more]

 
 

Mount Angel as My Inspiration

I went to visit Mt. Angel Abbey in 2014 September. I arrived in the area around 6:30 AM when the sun was rising. It was a perfectly round red ball spreading from the upper sky to field in the horizon... [more]

 
 

The Magic of Lincoln, Oregon

When Beth and I returned to Pennsylvania from a tiny campus nestled in the Cascades some twenty miles from Ashland, Oregon, everyone could see we were different. During the long flight home I thought about how to explain what happened... [more]

 
 

Walking Meditation

This morning I woke up to beautiful sunshine (something I crave after this year’s long winter in the Northwest) as I venture out for my last walk on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. I planned my trek to include... [more]

 
 

"The cliffs" at Oregon Extension. This is holy ground. It is where incredible amounts of transformation and healing happened for me. Mark Pratt-Russum

 

Related Story: Magic of Lincoln


 

Chapter 28 Stories 

 

The Life and Grace of Place

 

Becoming Grounded in a New Place

 

Hallowed be Thy Name

 

Wilderness

 

The Cathedral

 

Mount Angel as My Inspiration

 

The Magic of Lincoln, Oregon

 

Walking Meditation

 

 

In addition to the original stories listed, we've also collected a few classic quotations on the theme of this Chapter.  To read these quotes,

please click on the link below.

  

In Others' Words