Rewild Church, Ch. Vas Avramidis
Pittstown, New Jersey
At Rewild Church, we strive to create a more peaceful world as we seek to meet the Creator through the creation. By worshipping in nature rather than in a building, we reawaken our connection to the ever-present mystery that surrounds us — for God is everywhere present and fills all things. When we spend time worshipping in nature, our senses become renewed and refreshed. The more time we spend in nature, and the more time we have contact with the earth, the more we begin to fully realize the communion of all creation. It is then that we can begin to fulfill our God-given role of being Nature’s Priest. Since humans are a microcosm of creation – we contain all of the cosmos within us. As God’s divine image upon the earth, we are called to compose and conduct a divine hymn of praise to the Creator in concert with the creation. The earth and all its creatures find their voice and sing their praises to God through the children of God; this is a heavy and solemn responsibility which mankind has historically ignored. This is the spirit of worship, sacrifice, and servant-hood that we seek to reawaken in humanity at Rewild Church. And it is why we gather for worship outside of buildings, and invite all living beings to worship God along with us and through us — in the Holy Wild.
— Chaplain Vas Avramidis