What we're about
Ours is an open, welcoming, inclusive group for Gnostics, Esoteric Christians, and anyone interested in the mysteries of the Divine. WeGno: Westside Los Angeles Gnostic Meetup is an outreach project of the Apostolic Johannite Church and is affiliated with our local parish, St. Joachim's. One need not be a member of the AJC or the parish to attend.
The Apostolic Johannite Church is a global network of Johannite communities that focus on supporting individual and direct experience of the Divine through fellowship, meditation and prayer, service and ritual, lively discussion and study. We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests. We also delight in the freedoms to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths that are among the particular gifts of our modern world.
Your journey to come to personal knowledge of the Divine is yours alone but it is our experience that we all benefit from companions on the road, good books to read, educated conversation and a place to gather with others to share the fruits of our journey in prayer, praise and blessing. We draw inspiration from many sources: the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, the Corpus Hermeticum, and Gnostic Scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Secret Book of John. We understand these texts as inspiration, poetry and symbolism, rather than making a literal reading of them as books of rules.
Come as you are, and stay as long or as little as you like and share our pilgrimage toward the Divine.