Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist rooted movement seeking to create spaces for young adults in the Waterloo Region to connect and explore faith and spirituality.
We seek to accompany and create trustworthy spaces for those who may have experienced exclusion in their church experience. PiE is especially passionate about exploring topics and questions that have not always been acceptable in many Christian churches.
Your gift to PiE would support a variety of initiatives by young adults in the community including:
Climate Change and Spirituality
This past year, PiE continued to engage with the climate emergency in the context of spirituality. Last spring, the Watershed Discipleship group met for another season continuing to explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in a particular watershed. This fall, PiE was a part of planning a Climate Strike Prayer Service and our fall retreat was called "Grounding: Discovering our Sacred Gifts in Climate Emergency" - a collaboration with the Student Christian Movement.
This group gathers twice a month to explore the intersections of sexuality/gender identity and faith. For LGBTQ+ Christians, church can be an immensely painful place and in the queer community, it may feel difficult to find spaces to explore Christian faith. Queerly Christian seeks to provide a safe space for people to be fully themselves - and to be loved and affirmed for all aspects of their identity.
Feminist Bible Study
This weekly Thursday night group is for those who identify as women or trans and want to study Scripture from a feminist perspective - listening for the voices from the margins of Biblical stories. For many, this group is an essential part in reclaiming the Bible as a life giving and sacred text.
These are just a few of PiE's core activities right now. We also host a blog, run retreats, meet people one-on-one for supportive conversations and spiritual care, and preach in local congregations.