The Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living and Practice is an offering of the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring Island for people on the island and beyond who seek greater spiritual meaning and depth in their lives regardless of the traditions for spiritual development they wish to explore. While various Christian spiritual traditions will certainly feature in programming at the Star of the Sea, the program will include approaches to spiritual development across multiple religious traditions and multiple approaches from traditions outside what are normally thought of as “The Great Religions.”
The Star of the Sea is located at St. Mary’s, Fulford Harbour an historic 1894 parish church that has been reconfigured to make it available not only for Anglican worship on occasion, but to be a flexible, comfortable space for differing approaches to spiritual development including those incorporating movement, contemplation, and active discussion. Already, those who have participated in a variety of Star of the Sea activities have commented on what a difference it makes to pursue their search in historic sacred space. St. Mary’s has a large church yard with many graves of Salt Spring pioneers. In fair weather, several programs make use of the church yard for quiet contemplation and spiritually focused walks.
The Star of the Sea’s program is developed by a multi-faith planning team which welcomes suggestions for new events.
The Anglican Parish supported by the Diocese of British Columbia provides the facilities and logistical and financial support to the Star of the Sea program. Programming itself is supported by modest registration fees. There are bursaries available to reduce even those modest fees. The Star of the Sea is committed to ensuring that economic circumstances are not a barrier to full participation in the centre’s activities.
For an outline of Star of the Sea’s activities both past and planned please go to Programmes.
The Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living and Practice – a place to learn, to let go, to seek and to find in the search for the true self.
Planning Team: Lolla Devindisch, Elaina Hyde-Mills, Heather Martin, Cate McEwen