Eric Anglada, Lay Leader & Catholic Worker Farmer. We gather at Mound Center, a retreat site, on Ho-Chunk/Meskwaki land, amid woods, oak savanna and prairie restoration, organic vegetable gardens, a labyrinth and a cemetery. We gather at the intersections of environmental stewardship, contemplative ritual, and a spiritual ecology. We are in Sinsinawa, WI - US.
Natura Divina Website
IS YOUR WILD CHURCH ASSOCIATED WITH A DENOMINATION? Roman Catholic - all are welcome.
WHAT IS YOUR CLIMATE LIKE? Our climate is that of the Upper Midwest in the U.S. We have protection from the elements under a pavilion, if need be. Our Winter Solstice celebration takes place mostly indoors.
WHO ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE displaced by settlers in your bio-region? We are on Ho-Chunk, Meskwaki, Sauk, Potawatomi, Ioway homeland. We always begin with a land acknowledgment.
HOW DO YOU INCLUDE THE LAND, CREATURES, ELEMENTS OF YOUR PLACE IN YOUR PRACTICES OR SERVICE? We offer 20-40 minutes of contemplative time in the woods or fields. Fire is essential. We offer gratitude for the signs of life connected to each season.
IS YOUR WILD CHURCH INVOLVED IN CLIMATE ADVOCACY WORK AND/OR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION? How do you embody that? We emphasize that all of our advocacy work stems from a sense of kinship with all of Creation. A couple of our members have engaged in high-risk civil disobedience around ecological issues.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GATHER? We gather eight times a year around solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarters.
Eric'S LITURGIES AND Resources
Wild Church members can download and adapt any of Eric's resources. Please attribute borrowed resources to Eric Anglada and the Natura Divina - Sinsinawa Mound Center.
All Hallows Eve Service
Litany to Autumn - Life Within Life
Other Suggested Resources:
Christopher Hill, Holidays and Holy Nights. Steven Chase, Nature as Spiritual Practice. Joyce Rupp, Circle of Life. Ronald Hutton, Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain.
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