Rooted in place, tradition and history, Salal + Cedar is a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster that strives to be accessible to all bodies.
We meet regularly for worship outdoors, education, and action. We are part of a growing movement across Turtle Island (North America) of communities of Christians re-connecting to the creation-values and land covenants at the core of our tradition; we practice contemplative ecology and spiritually-rooted action.
Our first Eucharist, August, 2015
Salal + Cedar is rooted in place, tradition and history:
Seeking transformative encounters with the species and geography local to the Fraser River, the Salish Sea basin, and the wider Cascadia bioregion
Exploring wilderness, sustainability, and justice themes in Christian scriptures and Anglican social teaching through study and worship
Learning about our roots and roles, as individuals and as a church, in the multi-racial, labour, and Indigenous-Settler history of lower-mainland British Columbia
Salal + Cedar is a community for people in and around Vancouver who:
Have a heart for creation
Feel most connected to God in ocean, forest, river, and field
Are deeply concerned about the global climate emergency and want to respond effectively.
Want to bring their faith to work for ecological justice
Are environmental activists, who keep their faith quiet
Believe racial justice, economic justice, and environmental justice are all connected
Prayer and paddle direct action
Ecumenically, we identify with both the Watershed Discipleship and Wild Church Movements. Watershed Discipleship refers both to watersheds as natural geographic divisions, and to the fact that we are at a watershed moment in terms of climate crisis. Watershed Discipleship communities are asking, “What does it mean to be a follower of the Jesus Way here, among the land, water, creatures, and people of a particular place?” Wild Church communities worship outdoors and see the creatures, elements, and geography of the natural world as co-leader and participant.
Rooted in the Anglican incarnational theology, we are part of a growing commitment to the Fifth Mark of Mission “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” The video report below from the Diocese of New Westminster’s youth environmental engagement assessment highlights our Marks of Mission Champion project. A written report can be viewed here.
What are people saying about Salal and Cedar?
“It was a privileged feeling to be there in the forest on Saturday morning, peaceful, and blessed.” —Dora Harvey, St. Catherine
“There’s something good and right about being outside, as opposed to being inside which is actually quite exclusive, being outside you’ve opened your circle of prayer to anyone who wants to come in.” —Aaron White, 614 Community
“I feel passionately and vibrantly that our environment is foundational, as I don’t have time and energy to do everything, this ministry is essential and we are putting our money into this program.” —Alecia Greenfield, St. Clements
“First Nations, have a holistic worldview being part of land and relationship to Mother Earth in a real, familial and animate way. Our values and beliefs tell us to take care of our own Mother on whom we depend for sustainable living.” —Brander McDonald, Indigenous Justice Ministries Coordinator, diocese of New Westminster
“Congratulations on this wonderful and inspiring project!” —Ched Myers, Bartimaeus Institute