Behold

& Awaken Wonder


PRAY

TOGETHER


 

 


REFLECT

ON OUR LIVES


 

 


ACT

IN THE WORLD

The sacredness of all life motives our urgent concern for the survival of all life.




WELCOME TO U.P. WILD CHURCH

Wild Church creates opportunities to foster a deeper spiritual connection with God outdoors.  Deep within the Christian tradition there hides a wealth of wisdom on how to cultivate a culture of compassion through the way of love. It is time to bring this authenticity forward especially in the wild setting of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Churches are experiencing a mass exodus and wondering why. We understand why. Most of us are in need of healing just as our Earth is; we aim to do this together.


Why We Exist

The Amazon is on fire, the ice caps are melting, habitat loss is causing species to go extinct at an alarming rate, our world entices to consume more without thought of the consequences. Wild Church is a voice for the voiceless, one that is rising up from an ecumenical choir who see caring for creation as the primary prayer petition at this pivotal time in history. Indeed, it is as if Spirit is stripping us of our man-made divisions by reconnecting us to the soil, the watersheds, the oak tree, the caterpillars, as if there, we will find ourselves again.

Who We Are

Wild Church is for:  Everyone. You are welcome whether you are Christian, questioning your faith, in recovery from wounds inflicted by religious trauma, simultaneously receiving nourishment from other faith traditions, or simply on your journey. Some of us have a church and this is a supplement enrichment. Some of us are just severely concerned about our world.  Most of us feel isolated, alone in our concerns. We long for a supportive community of like-minded people. All of us are seeking to feel the Holy Spirit in our lives whether we name it that or not. 

Share Our Stories

We all have a story to tell.  We have all had a moment of reverance and awe in the natural world.  We invite you into conversation in a brave space to share your gifts.  We invite church leaders to share their theology of creation.  We are inspired by the new newness of individuals who care...or want to care.  If you have a specific gift/talent to share we would love to have you involved.

Share our Resources

All resources on our liturgies, monthly themes for churches/groups to freely use. This is also the media page for videos, audio, and live streaming of events.




NEXT EVENTS

2020-2021 SCHEDULE OF ONLINE & IN PERSON GATHERINGS



MISSION:

Because caring for creation is a matter of faith. Gathering together we bear witness to the holiness around us & place ourselves as God's stewards within a living breathing eco-system.  We challenge the emptiness of our culture of consumption and experience the fullness of living in right relationship with the Earth and our Creator.  


THE PRAYER OF THE BEE:

God, let my small span of ardent life melt into our great communal task; to lift up to Your love this temple of sweetness, a citadel of incense, a holy candle, myriad-celled, moulded of Your graces and of my hidden work.

PRAYER OF MECHTILD OF MAGDEBURG:

The day of my spirtual awakening was the day I saw, and knew I saw, all things in God and God in all things.

PRAYER OF THOMAS MERTON:

What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in the forest, at night, cherished by this wonderful, unintelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges, and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows! Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, this rain. As long as it talks I am going to listen.