This site, The Way of the River, is the distillation of thirty years of religious and spiritual exploration: Well-digging and well-drinking; literal and figurative river swimming and navigation; and community and institution building.
Most of all, it is the result of decades spent leaning toward, always yearning for the whispers of Spirit.
The Way of the River is a way through which I offer spiritual tools I have gained in my lifetime.
These are tools of companionship. Tools of discernment. Tools of meditation and prayer. Tools of ritual, attention, and intention.
The Way of the River is a place to access these tools and use them for yourself. To find your own way. To unearth your own gifts and bring them to bless the world. The Way of the River is a place to talk, a place to think, and eventually a place to share the comforts of community with a tribe of folks all working to live into and out of their Deepest, Wisest Selves.
The Way of the River is a portal into my understanding of spiritual longing. I, Rev. Catharine Clarenbach, Unitarian Universalist minister and priestess in the tradition of Stone Circle Wicca, have created this place as a way for us to work together toward knowing our own Deepest, Wisest Selves.
Who Are the People of the Way of the River?
We are the ones for whom the breath of spirit and of truth blows so much farther and deeper into us than any one religion, even though we may Circle in community, we may attend a church or a congregation. We just know that our hearts cannot be contained by engaging with only One Way, One Truth, one way of moving through life and making meaning.
The thing is, though, we are the ones for whom the flame of spirit burns in our hearts insistently, always pushing us to something more meaningful. For whom those troubled waters are always inviting us deeper, deeper. For whom this blue-green planet is the source of our wisdom.
We are the people drawn to the troubled waters, the roiling waters of terror and freedom. The place where the angel came at Bethsaida and healed the sick who dared to come forward.
We are the ones who can learn to be a leaf in the stream, carried towards our destiny by being aligned with Flow.
We may be Pagan, UU, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, naturalist, spiritual-but-not-religious, or simply walking in the wilderness. Many of us are LGBTQ+. Whoever we are, no matter where our lives have taken us, we are welcome here.
You are welcome here. Be as close to or as far from The Way of the River community as feels good to you, but know you are welcome.
In our seeking for the One Who Is Many; Male, Female, Both, and Neither, many of us have welcomed one another on Facebook, in The Way of the River Community Group. We share classes, discussions, article, queries, celebrations, and ritual time. Please consider joining us.
I also invite you to go to receive my Journey Towards Wisdom. It offers a taste of what The Way of the River is about, especially where developing or renewing spiritual practice is concerned. You will also get access to my weekly love letter, Reflections. It is a spiritual boost and meditation on the season, the day, or something that I have been pondering in my heart to share with you.
Welcome to The Way of the River.