WHAT IS U.P. WILD CHURCH

Where has the reverence, the wonder, and the awe for the natural world gone?

Have we built too many walls over, through and around ourselves

so that we can no longer see or feel the Mystery that creates all things?

 

  Wild Church is: A spiritual home for the seekers of beauty, wonder, & awe; where the 'church goers' supplement their journey and the 'misfits' finally feel connected within the congregation of paper birch trees & squawking geese via the Mystery which creates all things.  Deep within the Christian tradition there hides a wealth of wisdom on how to cultivate this relationship. It is time to bring this authenticity forward especially in the wild setting of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

In Gathering Together:

We create opportunities to foster a deeper spiritual connection with God outdoors and through virtual nature walks online.

Wild Church is Collaborative Voice:

One that is rising up from an diverse choir of seekers who desire a faith life that is responsive to what’s happening in the world right now.  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 fall back in love & in doing so, find ourselves again.

Wild Church Values:

We are a community who openly prays for the healing of the land and our hearts, allowing for open conversation on our culture of consumption, embracing holy wisdom, and celebrating our varied personal experiences. Our intention is to provide space in which each person is able to express how they experience Creator. We listen to each others' stories, backgrounds, and language; knowing they will be different, rather than judging- we listen & resonate in our own ways.  We walk Jesus' way of love and transformation and especially strive to listen and respond to the spiritual needs of those outside of traditional church contexts.

 

The leaves have not suddenly changed their colors at this moment, nor has the sky been transformed. All that beauty was already there. What changed? I did. This splendor was there, but I did not notice it. I became a beholder and I see what is there to be seen (M. Himes). When we step out of ourselves (ego) and into creation (eco), we begin to notice the love which supports all that exists.  God is the Mystery which has created all things; for God is love and love is a relationship of which, we are called into daily. 

Wild Church is For:

Everyone.

You are welcome whether you are a part of a Christian faith community already, questioning your faith, in recovery from wounds inflicted by religious trauma, simultaneously receiving nourishment from other faith traditions, or simply seeking to go deeper.

You Are The Bee:

Like bees pollinating the flowers... growing our community is all word of mouth. 

You tell your story and invite your friends by sharing what you found helpful and why you attend.  We invite those that we know who need to be nourished, fed, excited or inspired!  You are the bee who takes the nutrients back to the hive.  You are invited to actively participate in creating content, reading a poem or reflection, guiding us on a nature walk, taking photos or videos in nature, sharing your unique personality with us.  The importance of community is

to be reminded that we don't need to be perfect.  We're all here on this earth to learn and to leave the perfection to God.

How We Are Funded:

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 collaboration with funding support from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan and the ELCA Northern Great Lakes Synod. We have members who give monthly & those who give what they can.  We rely on grants and generous donors.

We believe in the curiousity and strength of our local youth to grow into Earth Keepers motivated by a moral compass rooted in their faith.

If you feel like we do, please support our future.

Have Questions?

What is the Nature Prayer Service?
What is a Wilderness Walk?
Do you do Virtual Nature Walks?
Is U.P. Wild kid-friendly?
Will I be asked to do anything if I visit?
Which denominations is this affiliated with?
Do I need to be Christian to attend?
Shouldn't I limit my screen time?

OUR HISTORY

2019 - The seeds were planted through a conversation by 2 moms re: the need for a innovative Spirit-driven ministry geared towards those who grew up in the 'church' but no longer attend Sunday services.

2020 - We began our Nature Prayer Service & Virtual Nature Walks

2021 - Developed volunteer wild crew, offerings expanded including Wilderness Walks

2022 - Monthly offerings, new people, exploring further across the U.P.

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