Contemplative in the Kootenays
a monthly online gathering practicing Centering Prayer, lectio divina, and walking meditation.
Tuesday Morning Meditation
a weekly 8 a.m. online meditation group.
Wednesday Night Sangha
a weekly meditation gathering, now being held online.
Twelve Step Fellowship Meetings
meet online (Al-Anon) as well as in person, weekly in New Denver and Nakusp.
an online gathering, meets alternate Sundays at 10 a.m.
Sunday Book Study
an every-other-Sunday online group, meets at 10 a.m.
Occasional Wide Spot events
including discussions on-line and in-person, the community art project Let It Flutter, and more.
The Ami de l’âme program
Wide Spot is a project of the Turner Zion Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada. Wide Spot has been developed by collaboration between Turner Zion and Heart’s Rest Retreats, one of a number of projects on which we have worked together during the last ten years. Heart’s Rest Retreats is a ministry of the Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp and the Rev. George Meier.
This program has been funded in part by the BC Conference ProVision Fund with targeted grants from the Slocan Valley Legacy Society, the Regional District of the Central Kootenay, the Columbia Basin Trust, and more.
WideSpot in the Road programs, including discussion and dinner, Let It Flutter and on-line programming, are a collaborative projects; we have worked with the New Denver Hospice Society, the Village Hearth restaurant, the Apple Tree Cafe, the Outlet Youth Centre, and the Slocan Lake Arts Council to name a few.
Wide Spot is our attempt to love and serve this community by identifying—and sometimes providing—opportunities for deep connection. This work is empowered by our belief that the practice of wildly inclusive love and justice is the centre of Christian faith.
These are the values of the Turner Zion Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada, and the values of the Wide Spot project:
Hospitality. We attempt to practice a radical hospitality, meaning that not only is everyone welcome, everyone is needed.
Respect. We recognize the wisdom and gifts of other belief systems. While we are grounded in Jesus Christ and the progressive Christian tradition, we are convinced that how a person lives is more important than what a person believes.
Embodiment. We recognize that our love of the Infinite Love (aka God) is best expressed through service to the world.
Thoughtfulness. Our understandings are informed by science, history and discernment of the heart. While we revere the holy texts of our own and other traditions, we don’t worship them.
Environmental Relationship. We recognize and strive to honor the sacred claims of the earth and the biosphere to which we belong.
Contemplation. We know that meditation and other daily practices transform us, making us more compassionate while strengthening us for the work of service to the world. We commit ourselves to a personal practice that fits our lives.
Contact us here.