September 17, 2023 – October 15, 2023

Hunting Magic Eels?

500 years ago, Llanddwyn Island was known for its church’s holy well. According to legend, the well was the home to enchanted eels that could predict your romantic future. If you threw a coin into the well and the eels disturbed it, your lover would be faithful for life.

Today, we chuckle at receiving premarital counselling from enchanted eels—we cannot imagine making a pilgrimage to visit them and allowing their twitches to alter the course of our lives. And yet… the same forces that invite skepticism about magic eels invite skepticism of anything beyond our material vision. So…is God’s action in the world just another magic eel?

…Or is there another way of looking at things? What if faith has much more to do with our attention, rather than forcing ourselves to believe unbelievable things?

Join us this fall as together we explore a faith beyond magic eels, incorporating simple Christian practices that help us cultivate holy perception in our daily lives.

Note: much of this series—including its title—was inspired by Richard Beck’s book, “Hunting Magic Eels: Recovering an Enchanted Faith in a Skeptical Age.”