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Recombinant Church

Recombinant Church grew out of the experience of community-based ministry in a rural community of the Kootenay region, British Columbia, Canada. The project, using iterative and collaborative prototyping to experiment in a changing spiritual ecosystem, is documented in a Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant awarded in 2013 to George Meier. George was the principal of Recombinant Church Consulting.  He was joined by his spouse, Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp, a spiritual director and writer, who led a number of experimental ministries and is a member of the 2020 Cohort of The Living School, a program of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.  Therese was the founder of Hearts Rest Retreats.

Now retired, George has consulted and led workshops for churches in The United Church of Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.  He has served rural and urban churches with average worship attendance from 30 to 300.  George and Therese’s complete resumes can be found under the tab, ABOUT.

Read more HERE about the purposes of Recombinant Church Consulting.  George’s blog can be found on the STILL POINTS page under the category entitled “Recombinant.”

Follow this link to read the research by George and Katherine Prince of Knowledge Works about Spiritual Ecosystems. This link, Community_Spiritual_Companion, will take you to a short piece on one creative iteration of ministry that we’ve tried in the Kootenays. This link leads to the history of Convergence, the collaborative writers’ weekend engaging writing and social justice. Convergence-Chronology-2018.

If you’re interested in the Louisville Institute funded research on Microfinance, click Rationale for United Church Microfinance Proposal. You can also view another form of this research, Proposal to United Church Fresh in the Spirits R.

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