Cathedral of the Trees – Cancels this celebration of the the Vernal Equinox – March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Cathedral of the Trees is cancelling our next event on March 20th due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and because Marilyn is experiencing flu-like symptoms. Our next planned event is to be an Easter Sunrise Service. It may be that with a few more weeks when we know more about the progression of the pandemic we may be able to meet outdoors in a small group with appropriate social distancing measures. We will keep you posted as events unfold. In the meantime, may you find solace and inspiration in these trying times in long walks in the woods and along pathways where the arriving spring will rise to meet you and remind us all that new life always comes.

Cathedral of the Trees, a ministry of the Maynooth-Madawaska Community of Faith, is part of the Wild Church Network that began less than 5 years ago when several pastors, who had taken their congregations outside of buildings, serendipitously realized they were “not alone” as Christian leaders of outdoor churches.  Wild Church Network is representative of an emerging phenomenon: outdoor church. Christians are concerned about the environment and seeking greater relationship with the living world they can see, feel, hear, taste, smell, touch, breathe, drink, nurture, and be nurtured by. 

Cancelled Next event March 20, 2020 4:30 pm – Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with potluck to follow- at 470 East Road Loop (off of Musclow Greenview)

 In the Cathedral of the Trees, we attune ourselves to the Sacred through the earth and her creatures. The more than human world is part of the gathered congregation.

Join us to listen deeply, explore creatively, and live gratefully.

Come and be transformed by intentional connection with the ancient and sacred rhythms of the creation of which we are a part.  Together we will read and study the book of Nature. 

The ancients say that to know nature is to know something of God.

A few notes on what to expect:

In the Cathedral of the Trees: We will gather ourselves together, attend to our arrival, share a prayer, a reading or story, and a few instructions for participating in a spiritual practice in nature which may include wandering off on your own and then regathering where you will be invited to share with each other your experiences in order to deepen them.  Feel free to bring a journal or sketch book to record your encounters with the land and its creatures.  There are no such things as interruptions.  And the more than human world is part of our gathering – always full of wisdom and surprises.

Our fall to spring meeting time will be approximately 1 to 2 hours which includes sharing in a light meal at the end if you wish to stay for that. 

We meet regardless of the weather so please dress according to conditions (we would cancel only if personal safety were at risk – i.e., lightening or ice storm)

Children and pets welcome and important.

Fall to Spring Location:  470 East Road Loop, off of Musclow Greenview, near Bancroft, Ontario

Questions?  contact – riseabove470@gmail.com

AllCreation.org, an online resource linking spiritual practices with environmental concerns, has released a new issue in honor of Earth Day, focused on these congregations, along with a virtual coffee-table book highlighting a couple dozen of the churches.  

Links 

All Creation’s Lover of the Land issue

Wild Church Network

https://www.wildchurchnetwork.com

  • a ministry of the Maynooth Madawaska Community of Faith and sponsored by an Embracing the Spirit Grant of the United Church of Canada and a Transformational Ministry Grant from the former Bay of Quinte Conference of the United Church of Canada.