Cultural unraveling has been happening for quite some time, sometimes subtly, sometimes violently in fits and starts. Now we are at a kairos moment in history when we all can see it, it is becoming quite clear, that ‘business-as-usual’ is life destroying in all its forms. Jesus said to his disciples, “What you hear whispered in the dark, proclaim from the rooftops.” We believe these signs of global upheaval are growth pains, and perhaps of revelation — a call to ‘lift the veil.’ In our time, the voice of Earth cries out, a wilder Christ summons prophetic agents through a wilder Self to embody a sacred and fiercely loving response -- manifested in a much grander adventure and wild calling than ever before.
We seek to create space for a new Story to emerge, one broad, deep, and wild enough to live in this liminal age of awakening. Space that calls in the presence and wisdom of the Wild, the way our ancestors—those prophets and mystics of old once did.
Like the journey of the Hebrews in their emancipation from Egypt, our journey out of exile from Earth and soul requires we expose and dismantle the old Story that we have inherited as the church throughout the centuries: life-denying patterns of colonialization, Christianization, appropriation, conformity, exploitation and collusion. To paraphrase Paul in Rom 12:2, “do not be conformed by the domesticating and exploitative patterns of this age, but be transformed by the rewilding of the Self.”
It requires that we primarily experience a new Story emerging through rewilding our relationship with Earth, Self and Christ. And from this unique and diverse relationship rooted in inner-authority—Self-authorship—we must embody our wild Call in deeper and more dangerous service to the world. For us, this is simply love in action.
During pivotal times throughout Judeo-Christian history, spiritual leaders, from Moses to Jesus, were called into an intimate encounter with the wilderness. We live in one of these crucial times. The ecological and societal unraveling that define our times call us out of our culture’s ways of separation and dominance, into a deeper, more kindred, and reciprocal relationship of interBeing. We need the revelation of the wilderness.
we’re really inviting all people who want to step fully into this crucial moment- to be able to find a way to respond deeply and passionately from their truest self, to offer themselves as a loving gift to our world and in service to the wild Christ
- Bryan Smith, Co-Founder
The Old English word seminary evokes a wild seed bed. It shares a common root with the word seminal, the seed or creative potent force that calls forth life from the fertility of soil. The seminary, at such a time as this, must nurture this bed of inter-connected seeds, composting old paradigms and stories for a future hope to emerge. Neither an institution nor a ‘temple made with human hands’, but a wild awakening to our deeper nature, and to what the world truly is. It begins in listening for what Earth and Spirit is summoning forth from within, our deeper calling.
This is a seminary of the wild, not simply in the wild. The wild is not a pretty backdrop for reading theological texts, it is the primary theological text. The pedagogy of the wild is an emergence, a sacred relationship or conversation born out of an older wisdom that restores our own relationship to our watershed, a sense of deep belonging to the whole world as wildly sacred.
Wild humans are self-organizing, self-determining, erotic, emotive, sensate, animated, mysterious, enchanted, embodied, attuned, nurturing and generative. Individuals who are wild know who they are, know who they belong to, know whom they serve, and that it is all sourced in the Great Mystery. The experience of this re-sacralized self and Earth becomes the doorway to a deeper, wild wisdom of the incarnated Christ through visionary experience, deep imagination and participation in the joyous and embodiment of Creation.
Wise and Wild Luminaries
"now that we’ve found our belonging in a much larger world - a much wilder world. Jesus says, “I have come to start a fire, and how I am in pain until it is kindled” - so the invitation is to come and start a fire - to come and burn."
- Matt Syrdal, Co-Founder