Who We Are
Here at Holy Hikes: NW Oregon, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little time experiencing nature in community with fellow travelers. Founded by The Rev. Justin Canon in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are the local chapter in NW Oregon. The core of our efforts is to bring people together in the midst of creation, and foster an encounter with the Sacred. We do this through local hikes in the Portland metro area which include readings from holy scripture, prayers, silence, conversation, and (if you feel so called) receiving the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
It has been said that “people will protect what they love.” The ultimate goal of this ministry is to help individuals be renewed in their love-relationship with the earth, the universal church, and with their Creator. The environmental crisis today is, at its core, a broken relationship between the human community and the earth. There is legislation being pushed to address environmental issues and advocacy groups working to bring change to our destructive and unsustainable ways. Those are important. History has also proven that a broken relationship is ultimately mended, not by the force of law, but rather by the slow laborious work of rebuilding that relationship. Even in the environmental movement, the earth can be subjugated and treated as just an object that we care for, rather than as a subject with which we are in relationship.
Holy Hikes calls us to relate to all of creation in a communion-centered way. Change will come with legislation and cheaper green products, but we believe transformation will come as we reestablish our communion with all of life. Holy Hikes calls us beyond the walls of comfort, to take a step, perhaps even a hike, towards reunion with the earth and all its life and beauty. Join us in finding new ways to restore our communion with all of Creation.
What We Do
We have learned that it is important for people who are hiking to rely on the regularity of Holy Hikes outings.
Keeping the day and time the same makes it easier for people to work this into the rhythm of their lives.
As such, we are committed to meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00am.
Locations will be posted and announced at least a week in advance along with any relevant information on the place we will be visiting.
One Step at a Time . . .
the Third Saturday at 10:00am
Nature had gathered her choicest treasures, to draw her lovers into close and confiding communion with her.
Who We Are
The Rev. Jeff Frost and Ellen
Jeff is a retired Episcopal priest, having served for over 30 years in various congregations. He and Ellen have a shared passion for being in nature and experiencing the Sacred with others.