something sacred that touches their souls and brings our
church community closer to the larger community that may
fear organized religion.”
On the last Sunday of the installation, we worshipped sur-
rounded by art. The focus of the service was walking through
the panels as we experienced and celebrated the sacred con-
fluence of all creation.
This experience was a gift to Knox, and surrounding communities.
Brenda Riley is a member of Knox United Church and a
retired clergy. firstname.lastname@example.org
very full days they created stitched fabric or painted panels.
At the end of the workshop, we blessed “their Beings” and
added them to the installation. These were days of spiritual
creativity, sharing, and helping one another.
“This was the first time I’ve experienced a workshop
bringing together spirituality, creativity, and environmental
ethics. It was inspiring on many levels and will stay with
me,” says participant Deborah Goodman. “Thank you for
bringing this opportunity to our community.”
We held two Saturday community viewings with a local
musician playing reflective music. Visitors wandered among
the panels; some sat and listened to the music. Over one hun-
dred people attended.
“I felt that it was a real honour and privilege to be able to host
the ABC at Knox,” says Knox member Gayle Haughn. “People
visiting from Saskatchewan thought it was incredible.”
ABC team member Lynn Holloway says, “I believe that
events such as this one give people the opportunity to be at
our church outside of Sunday service, and still experience
KNOX UNITED CHURCH
PARKSVILLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
• Location: a small seaside town on Vancouver
• About 150 members
Left: Laurie April plays at a public viewing of the art installation. Right: Some of the women who created art panels at a
workshop at Knox United Church.