Three Rivers Forest Church, James Ravenscroft
Three Rivers Forest Church
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Meeting in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canda, on the Oak Ridges Moraine, Three Rivers Forest Church takes its name from the Don, Humber, and Rouge Rivers which make up the main watershed of of Metro Toronto. Naming this wild church after these rivers was a way to highlight the importance of protecting this significant source of the regions water. The leaders of Three Rivers Forest Church craft services that are not just church outside but are intended to help participants experience the divine in nature. Events range from outdoor activities such as meditationwalks, outdoor labyrinth experiences, or a hike along a forest trail to more ritual based prayer experiences inspired by early Celtic practices, for example a guided meditation for Samhain or a feast for the Summer Solstice. Given our Canadian climate, in colder months events may happen inside, perhaps with a teaching or discussion on an ecology-related topic. Even then we like to spend some of our time together outside. Rooted in Christian spirituality, this wild church is open to people of all beliefs.
— James Ravenscroft, United Church of Canada Minister