#TithingTuesday – nourishing my vision

I hold a vision for our community and our world. #CultivateCommunity

I hold a vision of resiliency, prosperity, peace and fun for All. #CultivateCommunity

If you’re not giving away money, you are missing one of the most enriching experiences you can have. Just a small portion says to your soul “I have enough to share.”

For me, tithing means being a source of nourishment to people and groups that spiritually nourish me. And yes, for me tithing is 10%. That amount gives me a regular opportunity to remember and know that I have enough to share and that my Source and Supply are unlimited.

On #tithingTuesday ‘s I share my enthusiasm for a group or groups that inspire me and contribute to my vision for a world of health, resiliency, prosperity, peace and fun for all the children of every species everywhere forever!

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I don’t have beliefs

When people talk of spiritual and philosophical  matters (and even social, psychological, economic and political matters) we often express our thoughts and feelings within a framework of “belief”.

The first of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, is “Be impeccable with your word.”  In practicing this first agreement, I’ve found that, in fact, I don’t have “beliefs”.


believe: (intransitive verb)

1: a :  to have a firm religious faith  b :  to accept something as true, genuine, or real <ideals we believe in> <believes in ghosts>

I make choices about my thoughts and actions based on these consciously chosen meta-choices.   I find this keeps me in a state of honest inquiry where I’m empowered and I like that better than thinking and acting by default.

What kinds of practices do you use to help you make empowered choices about your thoughts and actions?







Asheville Church of the Garden honors our spiritual connection the Earth community

I started Church of the Garden because I couldn’t quite find the spiritual community I wanted in Asheville.  There are wonderful congregations here but one of the main Banner_center_640things I needed in a Sunday service is to worship “in the round”.  Jubilee does that and they are a fabulous congregation.

But I also wanted a service that was little more contemplative and included times of quiet and meditation.

I wanted a service that makes our connection to nature and the Earth community central to the message.  And I wanted to spend at least some part of our Sunday services to be held outside.  It’s remarkable to note that this whole rainy summer we’ve been able to gather outdoors for 11 out of 12 our Sunday services!

At Church of the Garden we honor the Eternal, Divine Source as present in all Life and we celebrate our humanness as member of the Earth community.

Of course, I didn’t start Church of the Garden by myself.  Those who chose to participate help create our services collaboratively.   From the beginning we have made acts of service a part of our community.  Though these offerings of service have been small so far, it is our vision that Church of the Garden will be a community that puts our spiritual values into loving action.

We will hold our Sunday services at OM Sanctuary through September.   After that we’ll find a new home where we can have more options for colder weather.

Like our Facebook page to see updates about our services or email avlchurchofthegarden (at) gmail.com