Cathedral of the Trees

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. 

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. For our gatherings in July and August see below.

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

July & August Location:  Algonquin Park Outdoor Theatre Hwy 60 (km 35.4) weekly see below:

Regular First Thursday of the month events:  We resume our monthly schedule on Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 PM 

Cathedral of the Trees moves into Algonquin Park for the summer at the Outdoor Theatre – weekly led by a variety of United Church of Canada ministers.

Forest Church Service:

Cathedral of the Trees – an interdenominational worship 
service in the Algonquin Park Outdoor Theatre Hwy 60 (km 35.4) 
Sundays from July 7 to August 25 at 10 am.  

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.
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