Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Weird Church in the Woods: Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

As we race through life, we often forget to be grateful, forget to use our senses to appreciate the world. This month we will allow our senses of touch, smell, hearing, movement to wake us up to the incredible miracle of what it means to be alive. Noticing, savouring, and giving thanks for these gifts is a powerful practice - our gratitude muscles need strengthening though, and like any other muscle, get stronger the more we use them.

This is a bit of a longer hike (about 2 km each way) so please use judgement as to whether you are physically ready for this venture or not, and don’t forget to dress for the weather!

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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Friday Feast: Cultivating Gratitude through Art

A feast for your belly and your soul! 

Join local musicians and artists for a community meal, wonderful music, readings, and spoken reflections from guests on how gratitude has impacted their lives. After dinner, there will be an opportunity to explore how art can help cultivate gratitude in the everyday through hands-on (some messy!) art projects.

Everyone is welcome to come and explore at Weird Church - to ask questions and wonder without being offered dogmatic answers. This is a place where we recognize that mystery runs deep.

Registration is below!

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Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Coffee & Conversations that Matter: Cultivating Gratitude

In her book, The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life, Janice Kaplan writes about her research into gratitude, concluding that “most of us suffer from a huge gratitude gap. We know we should be grateful, but something holds us back.” She suggests that, “we understand there is something that makes us more fulfilled - but we don’t jump to try it. It’s as if there were a magical happiness rock sitting in the middle of a field and half of us did’t even bother to go over and pick it up.” Kaplan goes on, noticing that “grateful people re-frame whatever happens to them. They don’t focus on what they’re lacking; they make sure they see the good in what they have.”

How do we make an intentional commitment to gratitude? How does that shape our days? Months? Years? Does gratitude make us more resilient?

Let’s discuss…all are welcome to this open-minded discussion group.

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Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee & Conversations that Matter: Cultivating Gratitude

In her book, The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life, Janice Kaplan writes about her research into gratitude, concluding that “most of us suffer from a huge gratitude gap. We know we should be grateful, but something holds us back.” She suggests that, “we understand there is something that makes us more fulfilled - but we don’t jump to try it. It’s as if there were a magical happiness rock sitting in the middle of a field and half of us did’t even bother to go over and pick it up.” Kaplan goes on, noticing that “grateful people re-frame whatever happens to them. They don’t focus on what they’re lacking; they make sure they see the good in what they have.”

How do we make an intentional commitment to gratitude? How does that shape our days? Months? Years? Does gratitude make us more resilient?

Let’s discuss…all are welcome to this open-minded discussion group.

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Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

Friday Feast: Opening Ourselves to Awe & Wonder

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Dinner, Music, Storytelling: A feast for your belly and your soul!

Join us for dinner, music, stories, and conversation in welcoming and wondering Christian community where guest speakers will share short stories about how God has shown up in their lives.  This month’s theme is “Opening Ourselves to Awe and Wonder”

All are welcome to come, eat, listen, and just be - no dogma, no doctrine, just love, music, food, and storytelling.

Friday Feast is by donation but registration is helpful for planning; please RSVP below.

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Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Weird Church in the Woods

Some say that they struggle to find God within the walls of a building…that the forest is their church. We love to explore the depths of our spirituality in tactile ways, sharing air with the trees and sound waves with the butterfly.

What a better place to explore September’s theme “Opening Ourselves to Awe and Wonder” than in the forest?

We will gather at Cumberland United Church and lay a pathway forward for walking meditation, prayer, and community, opening our senses and seeking new ways of understanding.

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Coffee & Conversations that Matter

Opening Ourselves to Awe and Wonder

What takes your breath away? What makes the hairs on your neck stand up straight? For what do you mouth the words thank you?

Come and join in the open-minded discussion on matters of the heart, soul, and mind.

(coffee, tea, and stimulating conversation by donation)

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee & Conversations that Matter

Opening Ourselves to Awe and Wonder

What takes your breath away? What makes the hairs on your neck stand up straight? For what do you mouth the words thank you?

Come and join in the open-minded discussion on matters of the heart, soul, and mind.

(coffee, tea, and stimulating conversation by donation)

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Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Coffee and Conversations that Matter: Lemonade Edition II!

August 20th we will meet once again at Cumberland Village Park for thirst quenching lemonade and soul quenching discussion!

This month we will be sharing about all the ways we seek and connect with the Divine outside on this Sacred Planet.

Everyone is welcome - no matter who you are, what you believe (or don’t believe), where you have been or where you are headed - to join in on the open-minded, spiritually-focused discussion.

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Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee and Conversations that Matter: Lemonade Edition II!

August 20th we will meet once again at Cumberland Village Park for thirst quenching lemonade and soul quenching discussion!

This month we will be sharing about all the ways we seek and connect with the Divine outside on this Sacred Planet.

Everyone is welcome - no matter who you are, what you believe (or don’t believe), where you have been or where you are headed - to join in on the open-minded, spiritually-focused discussion.

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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Feast: The Blues

Friday Feast so so much fun in May, we thought we better do it again!

Dinner, Music, Storytelling: A feast for your belly and your soul!

Hosted by Weird Church, catered by Biblio Taco.

Join us for dinner, music, stories, and conversation in welcoming and wondering Christian community where guest speakers will share short stories about how God has shown up in their lives.  All are welcome to come, eat, listen, and just be - no dogma, no doctrine, just love, music, food, and storytelling.

We gather June 14, along with Chad & Larry: Acoustic Blues Duo as we explore the topic of The Blues.

No matter who we are or where we are in our spiritual journey, the spiritual blues manifest in all of our lives. Sometimes the blues are a brief but intense visitor, other times they move right in, a constant companion we never invited in.

Join this welcoming and radically inclusive community of spiritual seekers, faithful followers, wandering wonderers - neighbours - as we fill our bellies and nurture our souls with music, food, and stories.

No cost (Friday Feast is by donation) but please register so we have enough food!

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Copy of Coffee and Conversations that Matter: Breaking Down Barriers

This month’s discussion topic is “Breaking Down Barriers,” where we will be discussing what it means to build community.

Mr. Rogers invited us into his neighbourhood all those years ago, but did we ever really learn what being a good neighbour and building amazing community is all about?

What does it mean to get to know those who live and move in the spaces around us? Are we willing to risk allowing ourselves to be changed as we get to know them and let them know us? How do we engage with folks who look or sound different from us? Or people with differing social and political views? Can we love our neighbours even if we don’t like them?

Come on out and join in the conversation in this welcoming, safe, inclusive, spiritual space for intriguing discussion and collective wondering and wisdom sharing.

Coffee and tea provided (snack contributions are most welcome!)

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May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee and Conversations that Matter: Breaking Down Barriers

This month’s discussion topic is “Breaking Down Barriers,” where we will be discussing what it means to build community.

Mr. Rogers invited us into his neighbourhood all those years ago, but did we ever really learn what being a good neighbour and building amazing community is all about?

What does it mean to get to know those who live and move in the spaces around us? Are we willing to risk allowing ourselves to be changed as we get to know them and let them know us? How do we engage with folks who look or sound different from us? Or people with differing social and political views? Can we love our neighbours even if we don’t like them?

Come on out and join in the conversation in this welcoming, safe, inclusive, spiritual space for intriguing discussion and collective wondering and wisdom sharing.

Coffee and tea provided (snack contributions are most welcome!)

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Friday Feast: "I Wasn't Buried, I Was Planted"

Dinner, Music, Storytelling: A feast for your belly and your soul!

Hosted by Weird Church, catered by Biblio Taco.

Join us for dinner, music, stories, and conversation in welcoming and wondering Christian community where guest speakers will share short stories about how God has shown up in their lives.  This month’s theme is “I wasn’t buried, I was planted: stories of letting go and beginning again.”

All are welcome to come, eat, listen, and just be - no dogma, no doctrine, just love, music, food, and storytelling.

Friday Feast is by donation but registration is required (so we have enough food!); please RSVP below.

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Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Coffee & Conversations that Matter and Music Meditation

What is Easter and why does it matter to me?

The message of Easter is, all at once, easy to understand, radical, subversive and life-changing. 

Easter reminds us that the past can be done and gone. That new life is possible.

Easter means that nothing is impossible with God.

That life triumphs over death.

Love triumphs over hatred.

Hope triumphs over despair.

Suffering is not the last word. 

Join in on the open-minded, spiritually based discussion at 6 pm on all the ways we die to our old selves and begin again. Stay for the music meditation at 7 pm allowing the melodies to saturate your soul.

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