Introducing ENS: Engaging Nature in Spirituality

ENS: Engaging Nature in Spirituality

This announcement was written my Bridget Liddell, a scholar at DePaul University. Bridget identifies as an independent earth spiritualist.

On behalf of DePaul Interfaith, we are in the process of establishing a new student group, Engaging Nature in Spirituality (ENS), which will provide a space for students of all backgrounds, faith traditions, and philosophies to intentionally include nature in their lives. Although some of us, myself included, are grounded in a nature religion/spirituality, we share this world.

Everyone is welcome. There will be a planning meeting on April 26th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – meet on the western couches on the third floor of the Lincoln Park student center. Make sure to join ENS on Facebook!

Revolutions: A Meditation Retreat

This post is by Bridget Liddell. She is a senior at DePaul finishing up her degree in Philosophy, Theater Studies, and French. She is serving in her second year as an Interfaith Scholar. This article is a reflection of the most recent meditation retreat. The theme was revolution.

Revolution as the throwing-off of oppressive systems through the determination of a people to be free – Cairo and Libya were at the center of my thoughts when I chose the topic for the most recent overnight retreat. Taping our ideas onto the eggplant colored fireplace, we made a visual definition for revolution in all its forms. Not only is it political release (or terror), it can mean life turning forward, a rotating wheel. As an earth spiritualist, circular symbols are at the core of my tradition, and in a sense political upheaval is a turning forward, a “shift”, as someone wrote. Continue reading


Today’s guest blogger is Dana Coffey, a junior at DePaul pursuing a double major in Theater Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. This article was originally posted in Dana’s blog which can be viewed here.

This past Friday night I went on a night long meditation retreat. The theme of this retreat was darkness and how to embrace the parts of our life that may be in darkness.

This retreat was not something that I was 100% on board with the minute that I heard about it. Quite the opposite actually. We were finishing an interfaith cafe meeting and people were making announcements. Somebody invited us to the meditation retreat. My gut reaction to this was not positive. I actually recoiled a bit. The thing about me is I am a grade A, well practiced compartmentalizer. I tend to store anything overwhelming in a cobweb infested part of my brain until eventually, I run out of cobweb infested spaces and it all spills out together in such a rush that I can’t remember what it was about in the first place. I am trying to change this, but any compartmentalizer will tell you that old habits die hard and sometimes, it is just easier to fall back on that. Any compartmentalizer will tell you that meditating is the last thing that we want to be doing. We hate those spaces where your mind can simply flow. The stuff that we have stored might come out if we let our minds get too free! Continue reading


This article was written by Bridget Liddell who is serving her second year as an Interfaith Scholar. She is a double major in Philosophy and Theater Studies, with a minor in French. She is active in activism related to women’s rights, specifically this year as a co-director of the Vagina Monologues.
Barren. Even the mountains look like rock piles covered in scrubby, spindly plants that cling to the dirt, as if they are keeping low to the ground to escape some still unseen predator. Far, far away (because in the desert you can see for miles) snow-dusted mountains cut their way into the sky. Dust and sun wear down the rough towns that are determined to remain despite the heat of the summer. A solitary hawk climbs higher, reaching towards a crisp, clear, engulfing blue sky.

But this is the eye of a girl who grew up amongst the shady forests of New England, sheltered by colorful autumns and snow-filled winters. My spiritual style is grounded in the myths and practices of Britain and Ireland, based on the turn of the year and reflected in the land of my childhood. Continue reading

Interfaith Pumpkin Carving

Emma Cushman Wood

Today’s post is by Nic Cable, a senior at Depaul, who is pursuing a double major in Religious Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. He is serving his second year as an Interfaith Scholar at DePaul University and is the Director of the Better Together Campaign at this institution.

On Sunday, several students gathered in the quad to carve pumpkins and celebrate the fall. They discussed the idea of fall and the symbolism of Halloween from their different perspectives. Bridget Liddell, the Interfaith Scholar shared these thoughts after reflecting on the experience:

Bridget Liddell

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Interfaith Apple Picking

Going interfaith apple picking was definitely a new and an enriching experience for me. I personally found it special because it reminded me of going apple picking inMichigan when I was a child. Although it was a small group and it was an hour-long drive to the apple orchard, it seemed everyone had a great time. After an hour of apple picking, we ate lunch and then had our interfaith discussion. Continue reading