Rev. Laurel Dykstra

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

Laurel has a BSc in biology and knows the species and geography of this bioregion. During her curacy in North Vancouver 2012-2014, Laurel helped catalyze the eco-social justice group, initiated a popular outdoor worship service, co-organized public education events on pipelines, incorporated environmental theology into regular worship, and brought Christian eco-theology performance, Affording Hope, to BC. She 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 themselves 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 the past three years. As Anglican representative to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, Laurel successfully raised profile of Indigenous justice in the diocese and engaged parishes in action. She serves on the diocesan anti-racism training team and helped to plan the National Anglican anti-racism consultation. Laurel is a respected writer on scripture and justice, She is a sought after speaker at faith and justice events and a longtime organizer with various community-based grants and projects to her credit.

Publications

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Bury the Dead

Stories of Death and Dying, Resistance and Discipleship
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Wrongs to Rights

How Churches Can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Honouring the call of Indigenous peoples from...
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Set Them Free

The Other Side of Exodus
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Liberating Biblical Study

Scholarship, Art, and Action in Honor of the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice
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Christians and Feminism

A Guide for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion