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The Vision


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The Vision


 

The vision

Campfire Ministry is a community for all ages that comes together once a month instead of every Sunday.  The community will gather, connect, build a fire, tell stories, sing songs, and share in the joy that is honest connection with one another.  

"There is a quality of listening that is possible among a circle of human beings, who by their attentiveness to one another create a space in which each person is able to give voice to the truth of his or her life. There is the miracle of authentic narrative, made possible by listening that holds still long enough to let the truth be told. Where there is this kind of listening and speaking, a new kind of community is born - a community of life."

~ adapted from "Proverbs of Ashes" by Rebecca Parker

 
 
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Beliefs


 

 

Beliefs


 

 

Campfire Ministry has no creed, but practices many of the tenets of Religious Naturalism:

We believe that coming together matters

We believe in the centering power of fire, words, and song

We believe rituals help us create meaning of our lives

We believe the world is not how it should be

We believe in human responsibility to make the world a more just place

We believe in the beauty and sacredness of nature

We believe that a person’s connection or lack of connection to the divine is a personal journey

We believe that creating community is a collaborative, ever-changing process

We believe in using and incorporating current knowledge to constantly update and critique who we are and how we will be

We believe in the interconnected nature of the universe

We believe our actions matter


A Simple Form

Campfire Ministry is a simple, collaborative form of worship that involves a dark room with either a literal campfire or a collection of candles to mimic the effect at its center. Each member is encouraged to lead a campfire when they feel ready to do so. Leading involves picking a reading, leading an opening centering, and keeping the group focused around sharing ideas, feelings, thoughts, and dreams that came up for them throughout the week. Campfire ends with a prayer or song chosen by the leader.

The core assumption of Campfire Ministry is the importance of nature, darkness, and fire to spiritual well-being. The sacred nature of it is implicit and powerful and encourages intimate and connective sharing. Importantly, there is no need to emphasize the religious element of a campfire. I believe even those who want nothing to do with institutional religion of any kind will be drawn to the campfire and will find comfort and meaning there. Campfire is an excellent way to engage recently graduated Unitarian Universalist youth, those who grew up unchurched, and those who are on the fence about engaging in a traditional religious environment.
— Rev Alix Klingenberg