At the recent March 23, 2019 premiere screening of Who Needs Church? the pews at Southminster were full, and a great discussion ensued during the Q&A about the future of church in our community. Southminster United Church’s development experience, and an uncertain future ahead of other churches in Old Ottawa South and across the country meant that church-goers and non-church-goers alike had thoughts about how church might remain a part of our community.
A key discussion also focused on how spiritual practices could be re-imagined to reflect the desire among many to feel a sense of belonging in their community, ponder life’s big questions and seek greater meaning amidst the busyness of our daily lives. “Could there be a church for atheists?” was among the thought-provoking questions.
In response to this discussion, Southminster’s Outreach Committee will be hosting “Open Church” gatherings on Sunday, May 5th, 12th, and 26th, 2019 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the sanctuary of Southminster United Church (15 Aylmer Avenue). Community and church members are invited to enjoy the space, peace, and architecture of the sanctuary space in silence, followed by light refreshments (potluck) and conversation. Please join us!
Danielle Rolfe is an OOS resident, a member of Southminster United Church and director/writer of the documentary film, “Who Needs Church?”
Reverend Trisha Elliott is the minister at Southminster United Church.
Originally published in the May 2019 OSCAR.