04.14.2017
culture

Higher Power: The International Church Of Cannabis Launches In Denver On 4/20

The religious organization will be a "spiritual home to adults who seek to become the best version of themselves by way of the cannabis flower."

The world's first weed church will launch in Denver, Colorado, on April 20. The International Church of Cannabis (let that sink in) seeks to be the "spiritual home to adults who seek to become the best version of themselves by way of the cannabis flower," according to a press release from Elevationist Ministries. 

Of course, you're likely asking yourself: What in the holy heck even is an elevationist?  

Well, according to Elevationist Ministries:

"Church members are called Elevationists and our lifestance is that an individual’s spiritual journey, and search for meaning, is one of self-discovery that can be accelerated and deepened with ritual cannabis use. We use the sacred flower to reveal the best version of self, discover a creative voice and enrich our community with the fruits of that creativity. . . Elevationists claim no divine authority, nor an authoritarian organizational structure. Therefore, those of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcome to visit our chapel and take part in our volunteerism, celebrations, and meditation " 

Sounds like a pretty cool and hella 4/20-friendly group of folks. The elevated congregation will also gather in a place of worship unlike no other. The Elevationists have been renovating a more-than 100-year-old building in Denver's West Washington Park since 2016. And the space features a design that only a cannabis-centric church could truly pull off.  

From an Elevationist Ministries press release:

"The chapel ceiling has been lovingly painted by renowned church artist Okuda San Miguel, creating an uplifting and elevating space for the congregation to partake of their sacrament, and take quiet meditation. Additionally, the front of the church has been painted by world famous artist Kenny Scharf, whose work is amongst the permanent collections of both the Whitney and Guggenheim Museums in New York City." 

For the uninitiated, Okuda San Miguel is the artist responsible for La Iglesia Skate––a passion project in which San Miguel transformed a Spanish church into one of the most colorful and epic skateparks on earth. 

The International Church of Cannabis will hold an education and elevation seminar this weekend. 

Learn more here.

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