YOUNG Christians in south-east Queensland are increasingly exploring their spirituality in the mountains.
They are combining spirituality and adventure – and finding God.
Joining a Christian climbing community called Petros, they head off for weekend retreats in the Glasshouse Mountains, north of Brisbane.
Mountain climbing devotee, Fr Morgan Batt, who is chaplain at Australian Catholic University’s Brisbane campus, instigated the group, plugging in to what young people are searching for today.
‘Young people are looking for experiential spirituality – praying with the mind but also the body,’ he said.
He said young people were also in search of adventure activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing and white water rafting.
On the Petros weekend retreats in eco-spirituality, Fr Batt leads a group of young people in climbing three mountains and in reflecting on the spiritual dimension of their experiences and their everyday lives.
He describes Petros as a non-geographical Christian community that gathers solely to go climbing.
It involves 43 young adults aged 18 to 30, and it has four retreats a year.
Fr Batt said the concept was based on ‘praise of our God through nature’.
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