Our website is teeming with resources gathered over the years. If you’d like to explore further exactly what our non-traditional faith community is all about, check out the links below. Happy wandering!
We invite you to take a walk through the garden of our community’s writings. Book and movie reviews, homilies, poetry and reflections - both past and current - point to how we have been (and still are) being formed. Each offering is a witness to how God has infused our lives over the years; a garden with connected paths between ourselves, God and the larger world. New articles will be added regularly.
In January 2020 our community began a study of Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). In March the world entered a global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If Jesus’ words were an urgent call to his community then, they certainly took on an urgency to us as we navigated these three chapters in the coming months. (Read More)
How good is your spiritual eye? Can we always know if we are on or off the path of discipleship? In a famous prayer, Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton once confessed, “The fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.” Merton knew that even the most well-meaning among us can have skewed perceptions. Join Paul Patterson as he views our lives through the sound eye of God’s revelation. (Read More)
Happiness is something we all desire, yet it’s not always easy to define. Is it possible to be happy while going through mundane or even tough times? Paul Patterson has written a spiritual memoir reflecting on the question, “When was I truly happy?” Read to discover his hard-won observations, using the insights of scripture as his guide. (Read More)
When Lent began in late February 2020, we had no idea what we’d end up having to give up in a few weeks. During a global pandemic, how is it even possible to speak about Easter resurrection? But as we considered the violent earthquake the disciples experienced on that first Easter morning, we realized maybe we have more in common with them than we knew. Maybe resurrection can happen even when the world turns upside-down; even when we’re cowering in fear and isolation.. (Read More)
Henri Nouwen once wrote that to live a spiritual life, we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of loneliness. It can burn away all that is false within. The fourth century desert mothers and fathers knew it well. Fleeing the popular but watered-down Christianity of the third century, they sought an alternate way in solitude. Centuries later, especially during COVID-19 isolation, their invitation still rings true. (Read More)
If the idea of Jesus’ resurrection seems utterly implausible to the modern mind, you are not alone. Even first century disciples were dumbfounded (and terrified) to see the empty tomb. Yet, despite the incredulous possibility, the reality of the resurrection has stuck. Is there any way to make sense of Jesus’s rising from the dead for present day hearts and minds? Join in this deep dive as we explore these questions. (Read More)
Along with the rest of the world, Watershed experienced a radical sense of dislocation in March, 2020 as the pandemic hit. Lent began to take on a meaning we couldn’t have predicted, and we began to work out how to stay spiritually connected and awake during this time. Like many faith communities, we are now meeting on Zoom, and on our first Sunday together in this new reality, Bev shared a homily on the vision of dry bones from Ezekiel. Join us in our Lenten reflections. (Read More)