The Hebrew word shalom is understood in English simply as peace, but (as usual) the English falls short of its true meaning. Shalom refers to the peace that comes as a result of there being justice for all.
According to the founder of Weird Church, the Reverend Ingrid Brown, “It is only fitting that the October theme of our Weird Church activities is peace, which is a great follow-up to September’s theme of justice.”
All are welcome to attend any of these events.
Weird Church hosts a Sunday Service at 4 pm followed by a Centering Prayer at 5:15 pm at 2688 Penrith Ave, Cumberland and online at www.weirdchurchcumberland.com COVID protocols are in place.
Additionally, “Coffee and Conversations that Matter” is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 10 am & 6:30 pm at No. 6 Mine Park in Cumberland.
“Weird Church in the Woods” is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th at 3 pm at No. 6 Mine Park in Cumberland. This event allows each participant to begin a journey into the woods and deep into himself/herself for this walking meditation and time to reflect on peace and to listen for a call to action. Participants will be using provided technology to ensure safety.
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.”