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Take a Walk on the Spiritual Side with Voices for Earth Justice

Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

It has been proven that getting out in nature has many physical as well as mental health benefits, but did you know that a hike or stroll or outside work in the fresh air is also good for one’s spiritual development?

Even an urban hike can offer time to reflect, think, and appreciate nature and Creation.  

Voices for Earth Justice, a local non-profit interfaith organization “committed to prayer, education, and actions that deepen our sense of wonder, responsibility, and gratitude for all creation” is teaming up with spiritual and religious organizations such as HAZON, WISDOM and others starting this Sunday, Feb. 24 throughout Southeast Michigan with Wonder Walks.

Participants will have the opportunity to make new friends and stroll through some of the most beautiful natural wonders in southeast Michigan. Designed to inform and inspire, as you will follow two guides: A naturalist (to teach you about the nature you see) and a spiritual director (to guide meditation and reflection). Tours are $20 per person and support our hosts and other VEJ programs.

Schedule and signup information for each walk is as follows:

Julia Hall of Voices for Earth Justice at work in Hope Gardens in Detroit

Julia Hall of Voices for Earth Justice said the walks provide opportunities to have “raw and real” conversations to talk about what it means to care for the earth as well as have relationships with God’s creations as well as other people within and outside of one’s own faith who are passionate about nature and spirituality.

Joining Voices for Earth Justice’s staff in June for a year of service through Christ the King Service Corps, Julia has hosted volunteers, organized community events, and developed programming.

Julia is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied English Literature. During an undergraduate summer internship at Mission of Mary Cooperative in Dayton, OH, she also developed a love for urban farming.

“Engaging in Earth care practices with neighbors, community partners, and co-workers brings joy, wonder, and laughter into my life. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be in Northwest Detroit with such a wonderful, active community.”

Julia said each walk will include readings that may be either a poem or a prayer or text that ties to nature and Creation.

“We hope that people come out and will be moved into action to appreciate the Earth as something that feeds and sustains us and drives us to care more for what we have been given.

To learn more about the organization and other upcoming programs, including organic gardening workshops, click here.

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