One of the temporary religions held at SIGNIFY SANCTIFY BELIEVE's residency at the Free Church of Public Fiction in Spring of 2011, THE CHURCH OF DESPAIR continues to exist online, through occasional services, and as a printed publication.
Return to me with all your heart - with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning"
– Joel 2:12
The Church of Despair honors sadness as an ever-present current in our lives, and sees this emotional state as the bedrock of all spiritual practice. In an age of blind optimism and aggressive positive thinking, The Church of Despair is a place where the darker and softer elements of human experience are embraced rather than dismissed. We teach the use of despair (and its corollary practices of grief, crying, disappointment, and hopelessness) as a powerful tool for deepening one’s connection with Spirit. We practice letting our hearts be broken, again and again, by the suffering of this world, as a way to feel sadness in solidarity with others.
To download the catalog: Catalogue of Despair