Spring 2019 Newsletter

Nancy Arko, editor

Spring Happenings

May seminar: Liz Pray presents… Daring Wilderness

May 18. 2019 9:30am-4:00pm

at the home of Susan Dechert Price $40 to register email svcsullivan@gmail.com

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If as John of the Cross believes, “God dwells in a secret and hidden way in everyone…”


as Marcel Proust comments,“the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes…”


as Oscar Wilde suggests, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise…”

come explore…

Please bring writing materials, Records Book and a potluck dish to share for lunch

Resources you may find helpful are:

THE SOLACE OF FIERCE LANDSCAPES, by Belden C. Lane THE PRACTICE OF THE WILD by Gary Snyder BRAVING THE WILDERNESS by Brene’ Brown HOLLERING SUN by Nancy WoodHebrew Scriptures and Records of the life of Jesus teachings of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David Jesus

From the Desk of Dr. John Lee

“And why do you not judge for yourself what is right?”
Luke 12:57


Who really makes our decisions? Peer pressure?…unexamined values?…friends?…bullies?…cultural norms?…
Or our deepest, truest self?

Five Day seminar

Living from possibility
A Spirituality of Imagination and Invitation

Join John Lee and other group facilitators for a weekend of connection, rest and rejuvenation

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Travel the way of Jesus from baptism to resurrection, as you unravel the symbolic meaning of his life and message. We will work to discern “the path of Jesus” rather than “Jesus as the path”.

Seminar date: June 26-30, 2019

Cost: $450 ( secure your spot with a $95 deposit)

$475 if registration received after June 1

Cost includes the seminar, lodging and all meals from Wednesday evening supper, through Sunday lunch, including a celebratory banquet on Saturday evening

Place: Easy Yoke Ranch, Buelah, Colorado

Please reserve your place by emailing svcsullivan@gmail.com

The Parable of the Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9
“A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the gardener, ‘Behold, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down! Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on dung. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”

Fig tree/ Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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As spring blossoms we realize, as Jesus did, that life and lessons await us in the garden!! The Fig tree has ancient meaning and, aside from the tree of knowledge or tree of life, it is the tree most frequently mentioned in the Bible.

The fig is said to blossom in the year of love. From the Song of Songs “fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” And in Proverbs “Anyone who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and anyone who takes care of a master (eg. Fig) will be honored.”

How do we tend our garden? How quickly do we demand results or grow frustrated waiting for the fruits of our labor?

Do we identify with the landowner, longing for a result that has not materialized and having to discern the value of each plant in his vineyard? Or perhaps we are tolerating a fruitless situation year after year without making changes that are desperately needed. Are we too quick to prune, cut down, start over, or conversely do we hang on way too long, seeking a different result when it is actually time to uproot and change course?

Perhaps it is not so much about the end goal after all, but the PROCESS, the reverence and respect that we pay to our seedlings that has merit, the daily fertilization of that which we value. Can tending the garden be its own reward?

The garden teaches, over and over, that we are not in control. We sense with a deep knowing that Nature, Earth herself, has the final say, and that she insists on being respected and cherished if she is to keep feeding us. We begin to understand, after seeing that we have grasped as much fruit as we could possibly hold, and now witnessing the result of our habits of consumption, that the fate of the garden, and all of its possibilities, hangs in the balance!

There are countless ways that we might work with this parable in our lives.

How might it and the garden speak to you this spring?

Solstice celebration

Dave’s house
6:00pm Friday, June 21
Email: ddbovard@gmail.com for directions
Potluck Picnic
Bring a delicious dish and a reading or poem to share

Remembering and reverencing the Sacred

Notre Dame