Cumberland’s Weird Church hosting snowshoe pilgrimage

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are all on our way somewhere — backwards, forwards, deeper into a relationship with God, avoiding someone or something…or in a new direction from where we set out.

To explore the “journey” of life, and perhaps give a fresh perspective on each individual’s outlook on life,

Cumberland-based Weird Church is hosting a snowshoe pilgrimage open to the public.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m., the pilgrimage will start at Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge, taking the flattest trail with frequent stops for reflection, introspection and deep listening. After the trek, there will be time for drinks and discussion about the journey at the “après pilgrimage” gathering at Ted’s Bar & Grill at the alpine lodge.

“A pilgrimage is an intentional spiritual journey—a trek for the body and soul— for which each participant opens themself up to the possibility that there can be transformation by that which is greater than ourselves,” said Rev. Ingrid Brown, founder of Weird Church, who will lead this pilgrimage.

Participation is by donation (plus the cost of rentals and trail fees), advance registration is requested ( and carpool options are available. Snowshoe rentals are available at Mount Washington.

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.)

“We’re here to bump into the sacred with you,” she said. “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.”


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