Sunday Spirit Series: Experiencing God in the Wild: The Intertwining of Faith and Nature

Date:  June 12, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Milwaukee Catholic Home

2462 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211

Presented By: The Rev. Dr. Mary Stoddard Trainor


We can learn a lot about life, ourselves, and our fellow humans taking a walk in nature. Wisconsinites are blessed with a plethora of public lands with ecosystems ranging from wetland to prairie, pine barrens to hardwood forests. When we visit these wild places, we can witness, listen to, and touch evidence of the Divine connecting with us-but only if we pay attention. Breaking through the silence are sounds that can wake us up to the beauty in diversity of life around us. Moving along the trail, we can observe native examples of all five kingdoms of living organisms and see God’s had at work around us in the detail. During and after the walk, we find the abundant life that God offers us filling us more than before. In this presentation, we will take a virtual walk in the wilds of Wisconsin and hopefully experience the divine along the way. Photos have all been taken by Jim and Mary during their adventures in the wild. Reception to follow.

About the Presenter

The Rev. Dr. Mary Stoddard Trainor has a passion for Jesus and for nature. She is an Episcopal priest, who served in churches in the Southwest and Wisconsin, teaches Christian Spirituality, and leads retreats. Mary has  Ph. D. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught Biology at UW, Stevens Point and was a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is a naturalist, and teaches in the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program and leads hikes at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Mary and Jim have three children and four grandchildren, and in her spare time she enjoys quilting, painting, reading, hiking and camping.

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