Stations of the Cross are a Lenten tradition of prayer and contemplation on a series of images depicting the events from the time that Jesus is betrayed in a garden to his body being laid in the earth. Since 2016 Salal + Cedar has hosted an Ecological Stations of the Cross. An annual connection of the Christian faith story, specifically the crucifixion, with the suffering of creation, this is always one of our most powerful gatherings of the year. Different individuals and communities prepare stations of 5-10 minutes, offerings have included litanies, song, body prayers, physical/sacramental acts, direct action and often have an element of call and response.
This year we will meet at Cottonwood Gardens at the Southeast corner of Malkin and Raymur Aves in Strathcona Park, East Vancouver. We will be mindful as we prepare and pray: that we gather on unceded Coast Salish lands, that the park and surrounding streets are home to many people, that Holy Week with its dependence on the Gospel of John can often be a time of heightened Christian anti-Judaism.