spirituality in nature groups (SINGs)
A great way to explore spirituality in nature and learn about your local sacred ground is with some friends! Whether it complements your regular church experience or IS your church experience, there is much to be gained by exploring together, exchanging ideas and sharing reflections. Plus, it’s fun!
Start Your Own Group
Join an Existing Group
Starting a local Spirituality in Nature Group (“SING”) is really easy and can be very rewarding. Below are a few ideas of how you might organize yourself. But more importantly, make sure it works for you and your group.
Start with a core group – even just a few people – who are willing to make a three to six month commitment.
Meet at a specific time, e.g. 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the first Saturday of the month.
If it helps, try to meet at the same place, at least at first, for continuity’s sake. (Plus it’s fun to watch the seasonal changes in one location.)
Commit to leading for the first few months, then experiment with altering leadership. You don’t need a degree in theology or ecology, just an openness to what the Creator and the creation have to offer!
Set up a regular email list or Facebook page to communicate with your group. Share information about nature sightings or interesting insights between meetings.
Have a rough plan or theme for each meeting but allow enough flexibility to be open to seeing what nature has to teach you about Spirit.
Be willing to go in any weather – if possible.
Use Meetup to find existing groups or to start your own.
Check out local nature groups, federal, state and local governments for locations of local natural areas as well as ecological information about your area.
Check out local theological schools and their libraries for more information on spirituality and ecology.
Thursday, November 7
This online workshop, led by Beth Norcross, will guide participants through the basics of setting up a Spirituality in Nature Group. Through a live webinar and pre-recorded modules, participants will learn the logistics of setting up a SING, discuss curriculum and itineraries and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Contact: Chris Graham
Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.
Contact: Avery Davis
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Potomac River SING!
Fairlington United Methodist Church, Alexandria, VA
Contact: Devon Earle
River Road UU SING!
River Road UU Congregation, Bethesda, MD
Contact: Charlotte Moser
Sydenstricker United Methodist Chuch, Springfield, VA
Contact: Kimberly Barker-Brugman
The MuniSING in Michigan
Contact: Andrea Chynoweth