A Prayer in the Divine Night

A Prayer in the Divine Night

A new year’s turning at Rolling Ridge. The moment held a peculiar potency, for it passed on the hinge of a turbulent decade, when so much is at stake. The Earth and all her inhabitants, all that we love, is in dire straits. There is an instinct within us in such times...
“Quiet Processes and Small Circles”

“Quiet Processes and Small Circles”

(Photo by Josh Houck) This autumn I attended a gathering where I met a wonderful group of people who were unfamiliar with the work of Rolling Ridge Study Retreat (RRSR). They asked questions like, “What happens at Rolling Ridge?” and “What do you do there?” Put on the...
Singing in the Dark Times

Singing in the Dark Times

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing About the dark times. Bertolt Brecht Even the splotches of rusty orange and russet punctuating the lacework of bare branches have turned now to brown leaf-carpet.  They were what remained of...
Gold in the Darkness

Gold in the Darkness

We recently held a retreat at Rolling Ridge, “Finding the Gold in the Darkness: The Way of Soul in Troubled Times,” led by Jim Hall and Cheryl Hellner.  In preparation for the retreat we were asked to read an essay by Mary Evelyn Tucker, “Learning to Navigate...
“Love of Tender Things”

“Love of Tender Things”

“Every day has something in it whose name is forever.”  (Everything That Was Broken, Mary Oliver) Recently that “something in it” was the sight of my granddaughter and two friends plucking wine berries from the bushes by the dirt path and...
“The hardest love we carry”

“The hardest love we carry”

Last month I stood with a circle of sixty people or so on a rocky beach on Long Island Sound and sang up the moon. As the soft full circlet of the moon rose above the water, the coral sun sank in the west. We gazed in awed silence, chanted, recited poetry. The...