Theology for Life

Theology for Life is a weekly lecture series exploring topics of interest to those seeking to deepen their understanding of the world through the lens of Catholic faith.

Backpacking with the Saints
Nature Wandering as Spiritual Practice
with Professor Belden Lane

Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 9:00pm


"Wandering in nature may be the most essential soulcraft practice that any of us can have in a society like ours,” says Bill Plotkin. Professor Belden Lane draws on his years of solo backpacking (hiking with the saints along Missouri trails) to suggest a pattern of Wilderness Spirituality that can be lived in everyday life. “Going out” into nature, as John Muir said, is really a way of “going in” to the heart of things.

Feb 25:  Nature Wandering and Outdoor Reading 

Mar  4:  The Importance of Traveling Light with Dag Hammarskjold

Mar 11:  The Practice of Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh

Mar 18:  Failure and Forgiveness with Martin Luther

Mar 25:  The Celebration of Holy Folly with Thomas Merton

 Participate in as many sessions as you wish. Cost: $25.00 per session; $100.00 for all five sessions

To register or for more information, call 800.977.3869 or locally in St. Louis at 314.256.8807, or send e-mail to

Past sessions have been led by popular, engaging speakers, including Fr. Don Goergen, O.P., Paul Coutinho, S.J., Rev. Seán Martin, Sr. Carolyn Sur, S.S.N.D., and Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP. Theology for Life topics have included:

  • Embracing the Holy Spirit
  • Eastern Spirituality
  • Did Jesus Have a Sense of Humor?
  • The Interface of Psychology and Spiritual Experience
  • Universal Spirituality
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • In Search of My Soul

All are welcome to join us for a single session or for the entire series.

For information regarding upcoming sessions, call 314.256.8807, or send e-mail to A downloadable PDF registration form is available here.