For one church, the uniting factor isn't Jesus; it's cannabis.
"The biggest question I get is, 'How can this be a church if we don't subscribe to a religious theology?'" minister Jeremy Hall told attendees at the first service. "Well, the reality is it sounded better than a cannabis cult."
According to multiple reports, the The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason is BYOB, that is, bring your own beliefs.
The Michigan-based meeting operates under a Lansing City amendment, which removes punishment for the use, possession or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana, on private property by someone 21 or older.
"The admiration and worship of nature pre-dates all major religions practiced today and is one of the primary reasons for our congregation. While the church adopts a stance of agnosticism in matters of theology, we believe that it is up to each individual to figure out what they believe in and why," according to the church's Facebook page.
"We each have our own unique experiences in life that lead us to different understandings of the universe and our place with in it. All walks of life are welcome as long as they understand and respect the word "personal" in the term "personal beliefs." We are free to share our beliefs with others but not to expect them to believe the same," the description continues.
For their first service, Raw Story reports, "The church will be providing free 'religious material,' a.k.a. cannabis pre-rolls, for the congregation to enjoy, as well as a main course. We invite everyone to bring a small dish/drink/dessert, medicated or otherwise, to pass around before the service."
The church is not the first of its kind.
In Alabama, one church uses pot as part of its communion sacraments.
On a GoFundMe page, the Oklevueha Native American Church of Inner Light says, "We at ONAC of Inner Light have an interest in keeping the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ, love for our neighbor as we love ourselves and love for the Father, Most High God, by enriching the lives of the people of the human race. We have a vision of accomplishing this by creating a holistic medicine/spiritual wellness retreat that offers a short and long term (environment) for those suffering from a number of ailments including depression, PTSD, (alcoholism), drug addiction, and any other issue that we feel our church can provide guidance."
And in Colorado, a Bible study group calls themselves "Stoner Jesus."
The group invites "students of the Word" to inhale weed, ganja, marijuana, pot—or whatever the going slang for the depressant drug is these days—while they hash out what the Lord is trying to say through the Scripture.
As for the Michigan church, the community appears to embrace the use of weed in the service, which is a far cry from 2 Timothy 4, 1 Corinthians 6:12 and other passages.
Jessilyn Justice @jessilynjustice is the director of online news for Charisma.
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