Pastors in Exile (PiE) is an Anabaptist-rooted movement that is passionate about connecting young people in Waterloo Region with vibrant faith experiences outside and inside of church walls.
We are community pastors outside of church walls, who are seeking God’s blessings for the city and surrounding area of Kitchener-Waterloo. We partner and collaborate with all those who also seek the wellness of this place we call home.
We believe that church is evolving into something beyond just a specific community in a specific place at a specific time. PiE is a network of people that constantly evolves and changes; a network of people who are exploring what it means to love God and love their neighbours in unique, creative and powerful ways. Everyone who seeks to join God’s loving and transforming work in the world is invited to be a pastor in exile with us.
What do we do?
Here are some things we have done:
*Lots of one-on-one “coffee” meetings
*Feminist Bible Study
*”When God’s Not There” email series
*Organize a community blog
*Winter Camp for Grown-Ups
*Leading retreats and workshops
*Preaching in churches
*Partnering with local young adults on events
Curious to learn more about what’s happening now that you can be involved with? Send Tamara (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email to find out more!
What’s with the name?
People often ask us “what’s with the name? Do you feel like you’ve been exiled by the church?” Not at all! We have been embraced and nurtured by our church communities. We feel that it is church that is in exile and we want to be pastors in that exile space.
There’s this part in the book of Jeremiah where Jeremiah is writing a letter to folks who have been exiled to Babylon. Rather than giving them false hope that the exile will end soon and they will all return home to Jerusalam, Jeremiah tells them that exile is the new normal. “Seek the wellbeing of the city where you are exiled!” We believe that church is called to thrive in exile today.
Where are you located?
We live and do all our work in Waterloo Region, and especially focusing on Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding rural areas. We don’t have a physical location, but rather you will find us at work in coffee shops, libraries and other community spaces.