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Two Ojai Valley churches have decided to forgo four walls

Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter
Some churches are built out of wood from the forest, but Ojai Church of the Wild takes its church services to the trees.
The Church of the Wild is not like a typical church that meets every Sunday in a building, but rather emphasizes having no building at all. They meet most Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon in various locations throughout the Ojai Valley.
According to Pastor Victoria Loorz, the church “meets in different places throughout the Ojai Valley … but our 'regular' meeting place is under the shade of 'MamaOak,' the surviving oak tree, at Oso Trailhead.”
The church's Facebook page usually notifies members a few days prior to the service where the meeting place will be.
“I was approached by several people to start this church I had been envisioning,” Loorz explained. “One that didn't need to raise a lot of money to maintain expensive properties, but actually began to explore spiritual practices that, allowed that reconnection to help us re-wild, un-tame our own souls.”

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