What differentiates MOSS from other outdoor groups? We are about seeking adventure but understand that by getting into wilderness the discovery is spiritual as much as physical. It is our belief that God can be found at work in creation-that there is something within us that reacts to what is experienced in the natural world.
The inspiration for the name MOSS originated during time spent in Glacier Bay, Alaska in the summer of 1997. Here, glaciers have advanced and retreated several times and with each advance, the ice (like any other natural disaster) destroys and recreates a landscape. Slowly, with the help of mosses, lichens and other pioneer species, a complete ecosystem is reborn.
Our mission is to facilitate a connection between our experience in nature with the Creator of All. A unique way that this happens is during an intentional period of solitude on each event, called Withdrawal Time. This is taken from the example Jesus gave us and found in the Gospels and is extremely beneficial for modern people who spend most of their time indoors and a significant amount of time interacting electronically.
MOSS has an intentionally soft approach to ministry that strives to do the hard work of producing good soil as it bridges the reaction people instinctively have nature to who we know as Creator.
Photography provided by Peter Paul Petretta