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Reading the Book of Nature: A Wordless Text of Wonder and Awe

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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It’s no wonder the poetries and prayer, even the liturgical calendar, of Judaism, inscribed by an ancient agrarian people, would be punctuated with both early and celestial allusion and metaphor. It’s through the realm of all creation that humans first came to understand the divine, and in this conversation with author Barbara Mahany we’ll explore the ways this timeless theology- known as The Book of Nature- invites us, especially now, into sacred encounter, opens the door to awe and wonder, and puts urgency to saving this imperiled planet.

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BARBARA MAHANY, once a pediatric oncology nurse, was a writer at the Chicago Tribune for nearly thirty years, and is the author of five books. Of her newest title, The Book of Nature: The Astonishing Beauty of God’s First Sacred Text, it’s been written, “if Slowing Time [her first book] was a field guide into the depths of your holiest hours, The Book of Nature is a field guide to the depths of your holiest places.” Barbara lives in Wilmette, along with her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin.


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