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The Crux

September 3, 2019


The Crux: Engaging the Wisdom of the Wilderness for Today’s Changing Church

September 3 – October 14, 2019
Online and in-person (Sept. 26-29 Wisconsin River trip)

Through the Crux, wilderness is experienced and explored as a source of wisdom for the challenges of facing unfamiliar terrain. Biblical narratives of transformation along with other spiritual practices and disciplines equip participants to move through change courageously and with less anxiety. Paddling through an undeveloped stretch of the Wisconsin River provides space to connect with the earth, with each other, and with one’s own heart, at an unhurried pace, leading toward renewal and greater resilience.

This experiential course begins with four weeks of reading, journaling, and on-line meetings (September 3-26, 2019) during which time the wisdom in biblical and wilderness literature will be explored. Then follows the four-day, three-night wilderness retreat on the Wisconsin River (September 26-29). The course closes with two additional weeks of reflection on the experience.

About the Instructors:

Pamela Shellberg, Ph.D has served as an educator, a biblical scholar, and a spiritual director in a number of settings including as the Scholar in Residence at The BTS Center.

Aram Mitchell is a Registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder with an M.A. in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary. He serves as the Executive Director of Renewal in the Wilderness.

Course Details

This is a blended course (online and in person) that will run from September 3 – October 14, 2019 . These dates include a four day and three-night wilderness retreat on the Wisconsin River Thursday, September 26 through Sunday, September 29, 2019. For more details, see The Crux course FAQs.

Cost: $700. Register here (deadline: August 12).

Limited scholarship assistance is available. Additionally, we encourage participants to seek financial assistance from their associations, family and friends and local congregations. Contact Tisha Brown with questions

Register online here


September 3, 2019
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Congregational UCC – Amery
201 Harriman Ave N
Amery, WI United States


Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ
Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ

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