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Natural Spirituality

By YTI Staff

Fall 2019 Inscribed

A look at how we fit into this world God made

As residents of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley, we find ourselves drawn to mountains, streams, rivers, sunrises, and sunsets. We watch intently as the clouds roll across our field of vision, wondering if we reached toward the sky whether we might be able to touch them.

We find ourselves not only enchanted by majestic vistas, but challenged by the opportunities we have to climb the craggy mountain escarpments, run the foamy rapids of the Gallatin, or rocket down the black diamond slopes of Bridger Bowl. One of the qualities that makes us unique is our passionate quest for personal and spiritual fulfillment in these beautiful and challenging surroundings. Why?

Many of us consider ourselves “spiritual” but not particularly “religious.” We yearn for a deeper connection with the divine, transcendent “Other” but don’t particularly care to affiliate ourselves with a mosque, synagogue, or church. Indeed, traditional worship structures seem foreign to us.

So we settle for a focus on outdoor adventure or our passion for creation through art. Yet something still taps on our soul, whispers to our heart, and provokes our imaginations in a way that befuddles us.

There has to be more.

YTI’s course on “Natural Spirituality” addresses these yearnings — these questions — and helps provide directions, if not outright answers, to our quest for a better understanding of why we seek more from life.

This course (listed as SPR 532) discusses the inherent nature of the human person and the relationship between person and the natural environment, the historic movements of natural spirituality, and the 19th century Transcendentalists, and details a legitimate Christian approach to natural spirituality.

19th century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins declared, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” At YTI, we believe that Hopkins was on to something!

Join Us for Natural Spirituality

December 2–6, 2019  |  6:00–9:00PM  |  DETAILS


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