30 April 2013 a post by Simon Marshall. 2 comments.

A Rising Fire - Poems for Beltane and Pentecost

Beltane is a season of growing strength, of passion and of the fertility of the approaching summer. It is a time to seek new inspiration which will inspire our work and our creative lives. It is also traditionally a time of cleansing and revitalising, so that the coming summer months will be all the more fruitful and fertile. It seems natural, then, that the most significant elemental symbol of Beltane is fire. More ...

18 March 2013 a post by Pauline Warner. 1 comments.

March Madness - Hares And Birds’ Nests

Catherine’s Long finger Over Shadows Earth Buried Yellow Amulet Mid-day Points The Hour In Light of equinox, Look you More ...

18 March 2013 a post by Altar Ego. 0 comments.

Easter and Equinox

Balance is a precarious thing. To be balanced is to hold a huge amount of potential energy in one succinct moment because balance lasts for only a short time, and in that moment forces are gathered for the journey forward into the next place. More ...

18 March 2013 a post by Altar Ego. 12 comments.

Ancient Arden Forest Church

We are interested in exploring relationships with the natural world, using the broadest possible navigation of the Christian Tradition to surf the boundaries between Christianity and Paganism, and re-discovering the immanent God as Mother and Father. More ...

21 February 2013 a post by Bruce Stanley. 6 comments.

Forest Church: A Field Guide to Nature Connection For Groups and Individuals

Brimming with insights and packed with information, this book draws you out, quite literally, into nature to experience a new, well thought through pattern of spiritual practice. Bruce Stanley gives you all the resources you’ll need, both practical and theoretical, to get going with a group or on your own. More ...

01 February 2013 a post by Simon Marshall. 2 comments.

The Hidden Light - Poems for Imbolc and Candlemas

The beginning of February brings the celebration of the Celtic festival of Imbolc, which coincides with Brigid's Day and the Christian festival of Candlemas. Imbolc marks the coming of Spring, the warming of the earth and the still-hidden possibility of new growth. Brigid (Bree-heed) is associated with everlasting fire, and with the abundance of the natural world at springtime. She is also said to be the mid-wife of Christ, just as the season of Imbolc is thought of as the 'mid-wifing' of the year. More ...

01 February 2013 a post by Bruce Stanley. 2 comments.

Ecosystem Services and Giving Thanks

Years ago I heard a throw away line during a radio documentary that captured my imagination. The interviewer and a naturalist were exploring a particular stretch of coastline and the interviewer asked about a rocky outcrop with a bit of grass on top, not knowing whether to refer to it as an island or not. The naturalist said that the definition for an island used to be if it could keep a sheep alive for a year. More ...

21 December 2012 a post by Bruce Stanley. 0 comments.

The Sun Shine On You and the Light Shine From You

A story from the edge of the Roman and Celtic world shortly after the time of Christ's Nativity – and a little ritual to bring Divine blessing for the new year, new born following the solstice. More ...

20 December 2012 a post by Matthew Arnold. 1 comments.

Advent Ritual Wreath

Bring nature inside with a wreath made from four iconic and symbolic evergreen plants. You can either make a simple table centrepiece or make a wreath that will form the centre of a series of rituals leading up to Christmas, ideally through the period of advent – originally made for East Midlands Forest Church. More ...

31 October 2012 a post by Karen Wellman. 0 comments.

Remembering the dead

Samhain, at the boundary of summer and winter, is a time to look forward and back. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, it is a time to tell stories and remember those who have been important in our lives and who are no longer with us. Tradition says Samhain is a time when the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead is one that can be crossed and spirits of the dead can communicate with the living. Human emotions about death are complicated, so maybe our ancestors who told stories about their dead at Samhain found that, in weaving tales, they had found a way of making sense of those feelings. More ...

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