The rejoicing wilderness

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If you've been to the Glen Workshop sometime in the last ten years or so you probably know or have met Father David Denny. A former Carmelite monk. Kind, gentle, and wise. I first met him at the Glen but then got to know him when he was a "chaplain" for a few of the residencies in the graduate program I was in. He and Tessa Bielecki founded and now operate "The Desert Foundation," a nonprofit organization that focuses on exploring desert spirituality and building peace between the three Abrahamic traditions that grew out of the desert.

The verse on their newsletter that arrived last week, and also on their website, is from Isaiah 35:

"The desert and the dry land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom."

I'm mentioning it simply to spread the word to any reader here that might have a similar interest to that of Denny or Bielecki. They are always looking for participants or partners, friends of any sort. Their website offers book reviews and reflections, back copies of their newsletter ("Caravans"), and a schedule of classes and retreats.