The season of Lent is the 40 days before Easter. In the Christian tradition, it is a season of preparation and attentiveness to our spiritual lives. This Lent, we at First Congregational United Church of Christ will journey together through the Dark Wood.
Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings—these gifts of the Dark Wood—can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover. According to the ancients, you don’t need to be a saint or spiritual master to experience profound awakening. You don’t even have to be “above average.” All you really need to be is struggling.
Join us for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings as we discover and experience together how our failures and uncertainties can be gifts on the spiritual path. We will also gather at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings to discuss the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” and learn together from interviews with contemporary teachers and theologians about the Dark Woods path. “Gifts of the Dark Wood” books will be available for purchase.