What is Watershed Discipleship?

Salal + Cedar is 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.

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 friends in Detroit

In Taos, New Mexico, the “Taos Initiative for Life Together” (TiLT) community is restoring hand-built adobe hacienda for co-housing. The Camden Center for Environmental Transformation, New Jersey, teaches youth in the urban core gardening, orchard work, cooking, and food security. The font at St. Peter’s Episcopal church in Detroit has become a sign of their role as a distribution center for neighbours whose water has been cut off by the city managers’ harsh and punitive “emergency measures.” Theologians Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh teach sustainable agriculture at Russet House Farm in Cameron, Ontario. On Holy Saturday, in southern Manitoba, a group of Mennonites held a liturgy of lament outside an Enbridge oil-pumping station.

Rev. Laurel Dykstra at the Kinder Morgan drilling barge off Westridge Marine Terminal, Vancouver, BC, with artwork made by families at St. Timothy’s, in Burnaby, BC.

Common to each is the question, “What does it mean to be a Christian, to follow the discipleship Way, in our particular part of creation, with these particular species, geography, and histories of human intervention?”

Rev. Laurel Dykstra on Watershed Discipleship

We stand at a watershed moment in terms of the global climate emergency and in the journey towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Using the concept of watershed discipleship, the Rev. Laurel Dykstra explains how we can unite these two struggles in the pursuit of climate justice.