Rev. Stephanie Price, United Methodist Church. The Land is an outdoor faith community dedicated to connecting with and caring for creation. Our mission is to draw people together from all walks of life to cultivate spiritual community through faith, farming, and food. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive spiritual community that affirms all people as beloved children of God welcome to full participation at The Land!
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WHERE DO YOU USUALLY GATHER? We meet on our own prairie land under a canopy structure with walls that can pull down in the winter. With propane heaters, even in the winter, it can remain a comfortable place to gather.
WHO ARE THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE displaced by settlers in your bio-region? This is something I have really failed to focus on. I think it scares me, to be honest, and I am not sure what to do with the whole reality. This is not due to a lack of exposure since both my seminary education and my denomination have done a lot of education and reconciliation work with indigenous communities. I think I struggle to find an entry point that feels authentic for me.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GATHER? We gather weekly.
HOW MANY USUALLY GATHER WITH YOU? Usually between 12 and 25. A majority are Christian.
CLIMATE/ECOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES: We offer spiritual ecology education, as well as classes to the community on xeriscaping, composting and gardening. Our activities include tree planting and other restoration actions, community gardens and other food-related actions, and community based sustainability actions. We are committed to conserving our prairie grasslands in the midst of development. Our sustainability calendar helps us to track our carbon footprints and water usage.
DO MANY KIDS ATTEND? WHAT DOES THEIR PARTICIPATION LOOK LIKE? Yes, we have a Prairie School during our service and they also serve communion and run the show, so to speak.
IS YOUR WILD CHURCH ASSOCIATED WITH A DENOMINATION? Yes, United Methodist Church
HOW DO YOU INCLUDE THE LAND, CREATURES, ELEMENTS OF YOUR PLACE IN YOUR PRACTICES OR SERVICE? We have a practice of pausing for/with creation when worshipping. We pass a composting bucket for our offering.
STEPHANIE'S LITURGIES AND Resources
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