It is still cold and wet outside but for many of us this is the time to plan and dream our gardens for the year. It is also a great time to think about how we encounter God as we dig, plant, water and harvest. This year there are many opportunities to attend the increasingly popular Spirituality of Gardening seminar.
Explore the connection between community, spirituality and gardening. Prepare yourself for the growing season at this seminar by learning from a master gardener, connecting with other gardeners and taking a moment to recognize the spiritual in your gardening practice. Community and backyard gardening has been one of the major responses to our turbulent times but most people do not know how to relate their garden experiences to their faith. Yet the gospel comes to us in the midst of God’s created world.
I read about the death and resurrection of Christ in the Bible, but I experience it every time I plant a seed and watch it burst into life. I read about the faithfulness of God to Israel but I experience it every time I watch the rain fall and nourish the seeds I have planted. I read about the miracle of the fish and the loaves but I experience a miracle every time I am overwhelmed by the generosity of God’s harvest. In this workshop, we will discuss the wonderful ways that God and God’s story are revealed through the rhythms of planting, growing, and harvesting in the garden.
Spiritual insights, practical suggestions for backyard gardening and time for reflection will all enrich and deepen our faith as we explore new ways to connect to the God we love.