The United Methodist-owned Shasta Camp, in Northern California, welcomes the Rev. David and Cedar Moss as the new camp hosts/caretakers.
Before joining Shasta Camp in August, the Mosses lived in Sacramento, where they worked with the homeless. Before Sacramento, Moss, a retired United Methodist pastor, served in ministry in Northern California at Trinity UMC in Chico, Pioneer UMC in Auburn, and Chester UMC.
David and Cedar have two sons: Gabriel, who lives and works in Sacramento, and Kabir, who lives in Boston and is planning soon to go into the Peace Corps. David also has two children from a previous marriage: John, a sociology professor at The University of Guam, and Erin, who lives in downtown Seattle.
Cedar plans to develop programs that groups who use the camp may add to their own programs, if they choose – such as: activities that will facilitate engaging with the natural world in an intentional and sacred way, expressive arts and crafts, group process, dream exploration, guided imagery and storytelling – telling stories, as well as helping others write their own stories. She will develop programs tailored to a group's unique needs, as well.
David Moss writes, "As winter sets in, we are beginning a period of hibernation; plenty of time for meditation, reflection, reading, and writing; all inward work, in this beautiful canyon by Scott Creek, as, all around us, Shasta Camp slowly turns into a white wonderland. There will be time to gaze at the fire, time to strap on our snowshoes or X-C skis, and enter the silence of the snows...
"God is love. God is the bestower of infinite grace. God is also creator of indescribable beauty, all a free gift to those who stop, look, listen, see...
"At Shasta Methodist Camp, love, grace, and beauty are merged in a symphony of praise to God in this ground made sacred by the hand of God. What a privilege to be here!"
The Mosses succeed Paul Armantrout, Shasta Camp host and caretaker for many years, who retired in June. Armantrout had been in residence year-round at the camp, and had survived two fires that destroyed his living quarters.