Mosaics Hike to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Coyote Peak
No classroom gatherings on Saturday, May 25, 2019
We will meet at Davis Community Church’s Staff Parking Lot at 8:45 am for carpooling and will leave together at 9 am on time. Total driving miles from Davis to the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park (3801 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515) is 76 miles (about 1 hour 30 minutes of driving time).
For those who come directly to the parking area near the trailhead of the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, please meet the group at 10:45 am. We will start hiking at 11 am on time.
Please bring your own water and lunch.
Highlight of Coyote Peak Trail Hiking:
4.4 mile loop hike through redwood forest is easy, with some short steep stretches, and plenty of level ground. Total elevation change is about 800 feet.
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is accessible right off Highway 29 and just down the street from downtown St. Helena. The park is located 5 miles north of St. Helena and 4 miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29/128. (Latitude/Longitude: 38.5376 / -122.5788)
Dogs are restricted to the camp and picnic areas and must be leashed.
Trail (1.5 miles) – starting from Ritchey Creek, this hike climbs up to 1170 feet to a point from which hikers can oversee Napa Valley.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Napa Valley via a little slice of open space filled with some of the easternmost coastal redwood trees in the state. Located just north of St. Helena Bothe-Napa Valley State Park features a hiking loop with lots of variety and rewarding views.
We will start the hike alongside Ritchey Creek. The path eventually veers and rises steadily; near the summit, the trees give way and the trail becomes exposed. There good views just below Coyote Peak, where a break in the forest creates a wide-angle panorama of St. Helena and the Vaca Mountain Range.
For those people who choose, there will be time to explore and wine taste in the Napa Valley before returning home.
The park access fee is $8 per car. You can park right near the trailhead.
For additional information, please visit following websites:
Why Mosaics? Rethinking Future of Church during the Holy Week
Mosaics provides a unique opportunity to create a “proximity space” where Christians and non-Christians can interact meaningfully with each other (Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church). Mosaics reaches out people through hospitality, enabling Davis Community Church to more fully meet, live with and know its neighbors. Since the original word for hospitality – “philoxenia” — literally means the ‘love of strangers,’ Christians were (and are!) called to an attitude of welcome not only to other believers, but also to those who are `outsiders.’
Mosaics is more
than simply a new nonprofit; it is a “proximity space” where ministry can be
carried out as we seek to engage the wider community of Davis and surrounding
cities. Mosaics is a new expression of Christianity that responds to changing
culture in dynamic ways.
Dr. Diana Butler Bass says in her book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution, “When the Bible is read from the perspective of divine nearness, it becomes clear that most prophets, poets, and preachers are particularly worried about religious institutions and practices that perpetuate the gap between God and humanity, making the divine unapproachable or cordoned off behind cadres of priestly mediators, whose interest is in exercising their own power as brokers of salvation. The biblical narrative is that of a God who comes close, compelled by a burning desire to make heaven on earth and occupy human hearts.”
Religion always entails the “3B’s” of believing, behaving,
and belonging. Over the centuries, Christianity has engaged the 3B’s in
different ways, with different interrogators and emphases. For the last 300
years or so, the questions were asked as follows:
1) What do I believe? (What does my church say I should think about God?)
2) How should I behave? (What are the rules my church asks me to follow?)
3) Who am I? (What does it mean to be a faithful church member?)
But the questions have changed. Contemporary people care less about what to believe than how they might believe; less about rules for behavior than in what they should do with their lives; and less about church membership than in whose company they find themselves. The questions have become:
1) How do I believe? (How do I understand faith that seems to conflict with science and pluralism?)
2) What should I do? (How do my actions make a difference in the world?)
3) Whose am I? (How do my relationships shape my self-understanding?)
The foci of
religion have not changed–believing, behaving, and belonging still matter. But
the ways in which people engage each area have undergone a revolution.”
Dr. Bass also
contends that we need to reverse the three B’s to move the “church as
institution” to “religion as spiritual faith.”
Believing: creed and dogma Behaving: rules and techniques Belonging: being part of community
Belonging: being part of community Behaving: rules and techniques Believing: creed and dogma
Dr. Bass says, “We no longer live isolated behind
boundaries of ethnicity, race, or religion. We are connected in global
community. We search the Internet for answers; we ask our Buddhist or Hindu
neighbors; we read our own sacred texts and the texts of others; we listen to
preachers from the world’s religions. Answers are no longer confined to the
opinions of a local priest, mullah, rabbi, or guru. The answers depend on us
figuring this out together. This shift in religious consciousness is a
worldwide phenomenon, a sort of divine web in which we are tangled.”
Mosaics seeks to move the “church as institution” to “religion as spiritual faith,” placing an emphasis on creating a culture of belonging and knowing one another deeply first. As Dr. Bass so eloquently puts it, “Christianity did not begin with a confession. It began with an invitation into friendship, into creating a new community, into forming relationships based on love and service.”
Mosaics is grounded in the theology that God is with us (Immanuel). As many Gen X-Y-Zers are away from institutionalized churches, there are also great spiritual awakening (counter-movement) of seeking God among new generations. Mosaics are planted to provide places to belong, to practice “common good” in meaningful ways, and places to invite (and/or to encounter with) God in many innovated ways, interwoven with cross-cultural dynamic activities, which are available to anyone, especially Mosaics who are heart-broken and lost in this world, freely without any restrictions.
Mosaics continues to restore the koinonia of the early 1st century movement (Acts 2:42-47), encounter (paga) with God in a daily basis to share everything in common, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people, which is the authentic agape fellowship instructed by our Lord Jesus Christ. In the new era of paradigm shift, Mosaics will truly be an exciting movement for the church of future.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34
Davis Mosaics : Shaping a Christianity for the 21st Century
by Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, Senior Pastor, Davis Community Church
A short meditation on the need for spiritual communities like Davis Mosaics and how these kinds of innovative adventures express God’s unfolding dream for Christianity and for the wellbeing of the world.
There are signs all around us that the church of the future will be a hybrid space, a true “commons,” for people of all walks of life—a threshold community that brings together the spiritual and the material, the religious and the non-religious in ways that complement each other rather than compete with each other. The church, as a center for spiritual formation, human transformation, and compassionate engagement, sustains fruitful ways of life, makes us all more open, more generous, more courageous, and makes the world more beautiful, sustainable, resilient, and capable of honoring the sacredness that’s all around us.
We are living in unprecedented times. With rising oceans and increasing human tensions, our planet and all we hold dear is in peril. Though there have been crises throughout human history, we now inhabit a time in which the very future of our species and the planet, itself, is in question. Throughout the world, the realities of greed, oppression, hatred and violence have distorted and deformed the natural world and brought untold suffering to the human community. Such pain might lead to despair, but we have reasons for hope. Human beings may have hastened the peril, but we also have the power to heal and shape a just and more peace-filled future.
Amidst the systemic injustices and brokenness a new way of being is rising, a way that embodies Christ’s way transformation, healing, and reconciliation for the 21st century. The world’s religious and spiritual traditions, despite past failings, nevertheless embody the emerging dream of God’s and offer humanity see for a sustainable future. The sacred texts, rituals, symbols, practices, and transformative powers of religious communities have the capacity to awaken the human heart, stir spiritual and intellectual awakening, and kindle a communal imagination that can contribute to the wellbeing of the world.
This is a threshold time, and it’s high time Christians, energetically and innovatively, claim our divine calling—rising to the challenge, rejecting despair and fatalism—and truly seek the well-being of the planet.
Toward this end, Davis Mosaics, and Pastor Stephen Moon, build bridges, innovate lavishly, meet practical needs, and work cooperatively on behalf of God’s dream for the world’s wellbeing. Its habits of radical hospitality, conscious and intentional pluralism, and the sacramentalism of its way of life—low-bar religiosity and high-bar community—all centered around table fellowship and fostering the common good are a witness to the pathway exemplified by the early Christians who moved souls from belonging into behavioral shifts and lastly toward beliefs.
In an age of disaffiliation and non-affiliation with religious institutions, Davis Mosaics, is charting the pathway into the future of Christianity—deeply embodied and incarnational, post-doctrinal, inclusive, artistic and aesthetic, and sacramental in the truest sense of the world—the gathered people as a sign of God’s dream (or intention) for the world.
— The Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman Davis Community Church
Partnership with San Francisco Theological Seminary
Kathy and I want to share with everyone the results of our visit to San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) on Thursday, April 4, 2019. We met with Jim McDonald, President, and Jana Childers, Dean.
We explained the history of Mosaics, its successes and challenges. We then focused on the future of Davis Mosaics, the work we are doing to cut expenses, to seek sponsors, grants, and the uncertainty of funding from Sacramento Presbytery.
Jim McDonald could sit still no longer and proclaimed “You need to be part of us (SFTS) and the Center for Innovation!” He then explained how with the consolidation of SFTS with the University of the Redlands they are preparing for a large capital campaign for the future. He wants Davis Mosaics to be a part of that campaign. The campaign will launch this coming fall or winter.
Kathy and I were asked to come back to SFTS soon to meet again with Jim McDonald, and with Floyd Thompkins the VP of Innovation, and Walter Collins the VP of Advancement. We are to prepare a 5-year plan and budget to grow and expand the ministry as a part of the future of SFTS/University of the Redlands.
Kathy and I are so excited to vision forward again. We thank Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman of Davis Community Church for encouraging us to go to SFTS and for all his ongoing support for Davis Mosaics. Our hope is to get bridge funding from the presbytery and/or other Presbyterian churches to help us move to this new future with SFTS.
• When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
• Where: Tennessee Valley Trailhead at 591 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Mosaics will gather at DCC Staff Parking lot by 8:30 am for carpooling and will leave at 8:45 am. All other hikers can meet at Tennessee Valley Trailhead parking area at 10:45 am. Total driving time is 1hr 31min (or 77.2mi) from DCC to the Trailhead Parking area where the hiking will start at 11 am.
• What to bring: your own lunch and water, first aid kit, and jacket
Tennessee Valley Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Tennessee Valley is an amazing offshoot of the Marin Headlands, with hiking trails to suit the whole family. The Tennessee Valley Trail is mostly level; it begins at the parking area and travels 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. For the more adventurous hiker, there are a number of other trails leading into the hills above Tennessee Valley.
In the spring, the vegetation of the valley is lush and green and/or blooming. The valley will come alive with lupine, checker-bloom, blue-eyed grass, California buttercup, and California poppy. In summer, the grasses turn golden, and by late summer you can find fennel, lizardtail, sagebrush, sticky monkey flower, and blackberry bushes. In winter and early spring, rains turn the golden grasses back into green fields.
With hiking and cycling trails and a plethora of wildlife, you would never know that the bustling metropolis of San Francisco is 20 minutes away. Bring the family, have a picnic on the beach, discover the wilds of Tennessee Valley, and remember to take only pictures and leave only foot prints.