Rev. Laurel Dykstra

Laurel Dykstra is Salal + Cedar’s priest. With a vocation for environmental justice, Laurel is well-connected to secular and faith-based environmental movements.

Laurel has a BSc in biology and knows the species and geography of the southern British Columbia (BC) coastal and island bioregion. While completing a curacy in North Vancouver, BC, during 2012-2014, Laurel helped catalyze the congregation’s eco-social justice group, initiated a popular outdoor worship service, co-organized public education events about fossil fuel pipelines, incorporated environmental theology into regular worship, and brought the Christian eco-theology performance, “Affording Hope,” to BC. Laurel has recently led a consultation with diocesan youth and young adults under the national church’s “Marks of Mission Champions” project, a chance for the church to hear from youth and young adults about their understanding of the Fifth Mark of Mission.

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The Rev Laurel Dykstra at the 2013 Walk for Reconciliation photo by Sandra Vander Schaaf

At a recent event on indigenous and scriptural perspectives on land and water, Laurel was described as “the communicative face of the Anglican diocese on justice issues.” Laurel has coordinated diocesan participation in the LGBTQ Pride Parade for several years. As Anglican representative to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, Laurel successfully raised the profile of Indigenous justice in the diocese and engaged parishes in necessary action. Laurel serves on the diocesan anti-racism training team, helped to plan the National Anglican anti-racism consultation, is a respected writer on scripture and justice, and is a much sought after speaker at faith and justice events. As a seasoned organizer, Laurel is widely recognized for numerous successful community-based projects and grants.

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