A thoughtful and caring friend from Canada recently gifted me with a link to three lectures by Belden Lane. Lane is the author of a wonderful book that was and continues to be significantly affecting for me. The book is a mix of genres (including memoir, biographical narrative, spirituality, history & theological reflection) and is titled The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality. The spirituality of uncharted wilderness, desert and mystery continues to exert a profound pull on my journey. Lane is wise accompanier and fellow-wayfarer.
The lectures were delivered as the 2010 JJ Thiessen Lectures (Eugene Peterson delivered the 1998 JJ Thiessen Lectures under the title Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places – ISBN 0-920718-62-0).
Lecture 1: October 19, 2010 – Places on the Edge: The Power of Desert/Mountain Terrain in Christian Thought.
Lecture 2: October 19, 2010 – The Counter-Cultural Spirituality of the Desert Fathers for Today.
Lecture 3: October 20, 2010 – Fire in the Desert: Learning from the Desert Mothers.
You can listen to the lectures or download them here.