Wild Church

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Contact Name

Katerina Friesen

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Fresno, California
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Project Description

In this time of ecological collapse and mass extinction we feel called to create beloved community re-connected with the soil, water, plants, and all creatures of our watershed here in Fresno.

We are rooted in the Anabaptist tradition of following Jesus in daily life, and are open to all who are looking for deeper relationship with God, community, and creation from any faith tradition or no faith tradition. We are committed to the internal and external work of undoing racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of violence that harm our bodies and grieve the Spirit. We believe that ancient faith practices like Sabbath rest, Eucharist, Scripture reflection and prayer offer healing and renewal for our weary bodies and world. We meet outdoors monthly on the first Sunday of each month, and invite you to connect through other opportunities during the month.

A friend and I recently started Wild Church, an Anabaptist church experiment, because we long to re-wild our faith by following Jesus in the wilderness. We are living in a time when “business as usual” is not working. Our planetary life support systems are unraveling beneath us as God’s good creation is being undone by runaway consumerism and our addiction to fossil fuels. Some reports say we have less than 12 years to make fundamental changes before the impacts of climate change make life on Earth inhospitable to diverse life. We believe this is a spiritual crisis as much as it is an economic or ecological one. Yet for the most part, congregations are not talking about the un-doing of creation nor grappling with the impacts on the most vulnerable. Perhaps we don’t know how, or maybe acknowledging the immensity of this crisis feels unbearable.

We at Wild Church aren’t trying to do everything that traditional congregations do, but rather to embody responses to a few formative questions: How can we create beloved community re-connected with the soil, water, plants, and all creatures of our watershed? How can we lament the losses we are experiencing and repent of our destructive ways? And how might ancient faith practices like Sabbath rest, Eucharist,Scripture reflection and prayer offer healing and renewal for our weary bodies and world?

Categories
  • Ecology
  • Retreat
  • Education
  • Expressive Arts
  • Religious/Spiritual Community

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