Principles

These seven principles define the qualities that make a church of interbeing community.

A space for ritual and for sacred or numinous experience
Hosted with philosophical humility
Open and welcoming to all
Stewarded by community
Connected to place
Engaging mind, heart, and body in connection with self, others, and the world

For the benefit of all life

A space for ritual and for sacred or numinous experience

Opportunities abound for social connection — sporting events, dance clubs, festivals, bars — but spaces offering the depth and power of meaningful ceremony are rare. A church of interbeing is such a space.


Hosted with philosophical humility

There are myriad ways to see and experience the world, myriad ways of knowing, and myriad interpretations of numinous experience. Church of interbeing hosts do not present particular ideologies, world views, or metaphysical interpretations as true, but instead pose questions and invite participants to explore their own experience through practice.


Open and welcoming to all

Church of interbeing services are open to the public, and welcoming regardless of a participant’s capacity or intention to make a financial contribution. The ideas, language, and style of the hosts is accessible to any open-minded human, not requiring specialized concepts, vocabulary, or familiarity with specific cultural niches.

Stewarded by community

It is the opportunity and responsibility of the participants in a church of interbeing community to govern and guide its organization. While new communities may be initiated or hosted by a small group of people, stewardship becomes participatory as a project matures, with a transparent process for selecting and onboarding new people to governance and hosting roles.


Connected to place

A church of interbeing is a place-based community. In a world of increasing virtuality and rootlessness, these spaces exist in relationship to their physical and social environment, endeavouring to serve the human and non-human beings of the neighbourhood where they are rooted.


Engaging mind, heart, and body in connection with self, others, and the world

A church of interbeing integrates engagement with the mind through dialogue and inquiry, engagement with the body through movement and sensation, and engagement with the heart and emotions through reflection, connection, and empathy. These three layers of our humanness are brought into the process of reconnecting with the diversity of our own inner experience, our experience of connection and relation to others, and our experience of the wider wholes we are part of — community, culture, the universe, and all life.


For the benefit of all life

A church of interbeing exists not to serve its own organization, but to serve the community and place, that those who participate may become more nourished, capable, well, wise, and inspired, that they may contribute to the flourishing of the world and all life.