Beth Norcross is the founder and executive director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature (centerforspiritualityinnature.org) and an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where she has developed and taught courses on eco-spirituality and eco-theology. She regularly speaks, teaches, and writes about the importance of immersion in nature as an essential way to encounter the Divine Mystery deeply and intimately, and to foster a healthy relationship with the Earth.
After receiving a B.A. in mathematics and a Master of Forestry from Duke University, Beth spent the early part of her career working as professional staff for the U.S. Senate National Parks and Forests Subcommittee. After leaving the Senate, Beth worked as Vice President of Conservation for American Rivers. Then she returned to school to study the interface between ecology and theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, completing a Master of Theological Studies and Doctor of Ministry degrees specializing in eco-spirituality.
7-Session Study Includes
- Study and Discussion Guide
- Try This, suggested spiritual practices in nature
1. From the Beginning (8:52)
2. Provision and Thanksgiving (8:24)
3. The Spirituality of Water (9:46)
4. Connection and Compassion (9:08)
5. Death and Grief in Nature (7:00)
6. Renewal and Response (8:19)
7. Developing a Regular Spiritual Practice in Nature (7:15)
Session 1 sample video presentation:
Study and Discussion Guide
Each Study and Discussion Guide unit includes scripture, a brief reading, discussion questions, and Try This, a suggested spiritual practice in nature.
Session 1 sample Study and Discussion Guide pages:
- Instructional Segments
Session 1: From the Beginning
Session 2: Provision and Thanksgiving
Session 3: The Spirituality of Water
Session 4: Connection and Compassion
Session 5: Death and Grief in Nature
Session 6: Renewal and Response
- Renewal and Response video
- Study and Discussion Guide — Session 6: Renewal and Response
Try This — Renewal
Session 7: Developing a Regular Spiritual Practice in Nature
- Class Developing a Regular Spiritual Practice in Nature video
- Study and Discussion Guide — Session 7: Developing a Regular Spiritual Practice in Nature
Try This — Sacred Circle
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