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Making All Things New: Wild Church


Isaiah 43:18-19 

Do not remember the former things,
    or consider the things of old.

I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.


In early June, I went to Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, for a gathering of people leading outdoor churches around the U.S. and Canada. There were about 30 of us, from Texas, New Hampshire, Washington State, West Virginia, Ontario (three churches represented!), Michigan, Alabama, British Colombia, and more! We were from various Christian traditions: Episcopalians, Lutherans (well just me), non-denominational, Catholic, Reformed, Presbyterian, Methodist, and more. We were lay leaders, ordained priests and pastors, and professors. We were from cold climates, hot climates, deserts, forests, prairies and more. It was wonderful to be with so many people doing this new and ancient thing of worshiping outdoors as certainly all of our ancestors did, and as Jesus and his followers did during his earthly ministry.