A Movement is Emerging...
From isolation to connection.
From detachment to immersion.
From dualism to interBeing.
Popping up all over the land, like wild mushrooms after a spring rain,
Wild Church communities are responding to a call from deep within
to change the way we relate to the natural world, moving
"from a collection of objects, to a communion of subjects"
In this age of mass extinctions, we feel compelled by the love of Christ to invite people into intimate relationship with some of the most vulnerable victims of our destructive culture: the land, waters, and creatures with whom we share our homes.
New Wild Churches are emerging all the time, offering invitations to reconnect with the natural world. As kin. As sacred. As beloved co-participants in a larger story of grace and inter-being.
Wild Church gatherings offer opportunities for contemplation, grief and praise, movement and song, solo wandering and wondering, advocacy, ecological restoration and activism on behalf of and in collaboration with the beloved others in our watersheds.
A larger beloved community.
Join the Wild Church Network if you
lead or want to lead your community out of buildings
and into deeper relationship with the sacred through nature. Our beloved communities includes the entire ecosystems in which we live.
Join the Network
The Wild Church Network has been a support system for new and growing wild churches and their leaders since 2016. We've outgrown our wild seedbed and are ready to open to wider ecosystems! Wild Churches are revitalizing spiritual practices and what it means to belong and the Network is dedicated to supporting and growing this way of being and learning.
We are widening our welcome to include seekers and those who are playing with new ways of being human in relationship with the land and creatures as a space to grow and learn together. We need each other in this time of so much breakdown and breakthrough. Join the Network at this threshold of growth so that we can offer more resources, workshops, webinars and gatherings to meet the growing need.
Find out more about our new Mighty Networks platform called The Ecosystem with Wild Seekers and Wild Church Network memberships! Just click on any of the photos.
Grounding and Guidance
This seven-week course offers you the tools and support you need as you consider, plant and guide a wild church community
Who is This For?
is there a wild church near you?
Every Wild Church reflects the unique gifts of the leader, intention of the community, and particular gifts of the land. Learning about the movement is not about learning creeds or rules, rather it's about listening to stories. The diversity of the movement becomes clear as you read through the different types of services, denominations, practices, geography and people behind each Wild Church.
A sample of wild church communities:
WENDY JANZEN, Burning Bush Forest Church & Wilmot Forest Church in Kichener, Ontario (Mennonite)
VALERIE LUNA SERRELS, Shenandoah Valley Church of the Wild, Harrisonburg Virginia (Celtic)
LEANN BLACKERT, Wild Church BC in Kamloops and Okanagan, British Columbia (United Church of Canada)
STEPHANIE PRICE, The Land, Aurora, Colorado (United Methodist Church)
The Wild Church Network is here to encourage and support people who are starting Wild Churches. The Church of the Wild book offers inspiration for those who feel the call from Spirit and Earth herself to create a spiritual community that reconnects us to the rest of the alive and sacred world.
“This book will be of great use to all who feel a little broken by the world right now—those of a Christian heritage especially, but really everyone yearning to reconnect with something larger. I think the wisest course of action would be to slip it into a knapsack and remove yourself outdoors to read it.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Falter, Eaarth, and The End of Nature
“Victoria Loorz compassionately explores the people and ritual practices that remind us how sacred our planet is, for it is our first and foremost holy scripture. Her deep thinking and grand language offer us a great gift: the chance to renew our spiritual relationship with all of creation through exuberant and ethical engagement.”
—Gary Paul Nabhan, aka Brother Coyote, Franciscan brother and author of Jesus for Farmers and Fishers
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