a Wild Church for Edmonton
A "wild church" is a congregation that primarily meets outdoors, in order to help people root spiritually in their place, the environment around them. Recognizing our increasing disconnection from nature, it is a spiritual response to the eco-stewardship, the climate crisis, and reconciliation for indigenous people and settlers.
Rio Terrace Church is in the process of developing a gathering - a wild church - to become stewards for and disciples of the North Saskatchewan Watershed, from its source in the Rocky Mountains, to the Beaver Hills, east of Edmonton.
Our wild church is a progressive community, and aims to be inclusive of all people, regardless of their traditional faith background, political understandings, gender expression, or sexual orientation. We are also committed to making our programs accessible to people with atypical physical abilities. If you or a loved one would like to participate, and anticipate requiring an accommodation, please contact Pastor James on the "home" page.
Winter Solstice Lovefeast
About: This service will invite participants to a stunning westward facing viewpoint at sunset. There will be a small campfire, and the sharing of a light meal, to welcome the longest night that leads to the dawning of the new astronomical year. There will also be a wintry craft for kids+adults.