Wild Church, B.C., Rev. LeAnn Blackert
Wild Church, B.C.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Wild Church BC is a seedling offered monthly through the United Church of Canada to the community in Kamloops, BC (Canada). The Christian story starts in a garden with humanity in conversation with the Holy One. Somewhere far down that luxurious path through the woods, structures began to be built and “church” became walled in. Wild Church is our attempt to return to the natural world to find connection with God, Source, Creator, whatever you name that which is bigger than we are. We meet in “the wild” – in local urban and rural wild spaces – to explore and experience the spiritual and the sacred. We believe all of Creator’s wisdom is available to us through creation, so we sit on the land to observe and to listen. We close our gatherings by sitting in circle to witness one another’s experiences. In our sharing, we hear both the wisdom of the land and of one another. Our greatest hope is that we will build a community that learns to love the land and to consciously care for it and be in partnership with it. We recognize that being active on the land is important for many, so we also offer Wild Pilgrimage monthly, land-based activities to explore “wilder” places.
— Rev. LeAnn Blackert