Awe and Aesthetics of Nature Festival



Date(s) - 04/05/2024 - 04/07/2024
All Day

“Camping on the Quad: The Awe and Aesthetics of Nature at Eden Theological Seminary”
April 5th, 6th, and 7th
Come for Eden’s Spring Convocation April 4-5 and stay for
Camping on the Quad, Awe and Aesthetics of Nature
(Register for Spring Convocation separately through this link. Eden Seminary Spring Convocation)

Urban Chaplain in Residence:
Dr. Danie Buhuro & Dr. Sonja B. Williams

Camping on the Quad aims to center the experience and emotion of awe and engage and explore beyond the boundaries that separate humanity from the beautiful and profane expressions of God in the world. This will be an immersive and experiential opportunity to practice openness, curiosity, awareness, and theological wondering.

Theological aesthetics in its broadest sense is speaking about God. If Christian theology is faith seeking understanding­–an understanding about God, ourselves, and the world in which we live–then theological aesthetics is an attempt to communicate and experience God’s AWE through human thought, words, art and actions, revealing God’s revelation attested by lived experience, cultural wisdom, and our various sacred texts. Aesthetics—or more simply put: finding God in both beauty and the profane—intentionally creating a space of openness to engage the Creator as liberator.

Camping on the Quad is for all ages.

This is for those seeking fun, a deeper dive, and to explore ways to connect to nature and their own sense of spirituality, this is for you.

Bring yourself,
Bring your friends,
Bring your whole congregation.
Bring family and share time and space with them within nature.

Where two or three gather in my name, there I am also…. Come and participate in alternative ways to resist poor theology and embrace expansive sacred spaces.

Friday, April 5
2:00 PM– Registration and Camp Setup

  • Participants arrive and check in.
  • Set up tents and camping gear.

2:30 PM– Camping 101, Tent Building

  • Welcome Briefing
    • Welcome address and safety briefing.
    • Overview of the weekend’s schedule and important information.

4:00 PM– Opening Ceremony

5:30 PM– USFS- Urban Connections: Black Faces in Green Spaces

  •  DJ & Dinner on the Patio

7:00 PM Black Liturgies: Cole Arthur Riley

Cole Arthur Riley will be at Eden Seminary Friday April 5th and Christ Church Cathedral Saturday, April 6, 2024. Cole is the best-selling author of This Here Flesh and Black Liturgies. We’ll be talking healing, community, the sacred self, Black power and Black joy.

  • Co-Sponsored by:

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Saturday, April 6

A day full of activities.  More details coming soon.

Sunday, April 7
10 AM– Closing worship for Awe and the Aesthetics of Nature
with Peace United Church of Christ