The famous author, Michel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Inspired by this quote, the Reverend Ingrid Brown, founder of Weird Church in Cumberland, has organized several public events to help participants see each new experience is an opportunity to expand their spiritual vision and improve their “eyesight.” All are welcome to attend any and all events – everything Weird Church offers is by donation.
Book Study: “Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps”
In the Christian tradition, the 6 weeks leading up to Easter are called Lent –a perfect time to re-focus on what is important and let go of what is not. A tool for helping participants assess and prioritize is a weekly book study using Richard Rohr’s highly reputed book. The program will start March 1 at 3pm at Cumberland United Church and will run for five additional Sundays.
Coffee and Conversations that Matter: Seeing Things Differently
Scheduled for Tuesday March 10 at Cumberland United Church, participants can choose one or both discussion sessions—10 am and 6:30 pm.
Weird Church in the Woods: Using More Than Our Eyes to See
Using all senses to see and learn, participants will enter the forest at Coal Creek Historic Park in Cumberland to participate in a walking mediation, waiting for what the Divine has to share. Scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 3pm, this is a family-friendly event; participants should dress for the weather.
Friday Feast: Seeing Things Differently
Scheduled for Friday March 27 at 6:30pm at Cumberland United Church, the monthly
community potluck promises delicious food, inspiring local music, and reflections on how others have learned to see anew. This month, participants will use rainbows and light to explore beauty and welcome. Children are welcome to attend.
More information and registration details are available at www.weirdchurchcumberland.com/events.
About Wierd Church
Founded in 2018, “Weird church is a group of people in the Comox Valley who believe that all people are created in the image of God and are bound together in love.” Many who participate in this spirituality-based community seek spirituality outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar church or organized religion. Many participants are moved by the life, love, and teachings of Jesus, but spiritual seekers from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.
Rev. Brown emphasizes that there are no barriers to full participation in Weird Church (including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, marital status, religious affiliation, political beliefs, socio-economic status etc.)
She adds, “We’re here to bump into the sacred with you. God is everywhere, but sometimes we need a reminder. And so, we gather in community. There is no ‘us and them,’ only ever the here and the now.”