Gardening with God in Mind is a short video from Godspace. It focuses on the relationship between gardening and God and how to draw connections between the two, and shows images of a garden created with God in mind. To watch the entire video, click here.
Prayers about Creation is a resource from the Green Churches Network. It includes links to longer prayers and their own shorter prayers as well. They believe that people should follow the example of Jesus withdrawing into nature to pray and encourage everyone to praise God with all creatures. To read more about Prayers about Creation, click here.
The Villa Maria Community Center farm is an integral part of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. The farm serves as a symbol of the struggle and sacrifice of a small group of women who settled on the Lawrence County land in 1864 and succeeded in establishing a viable, productive farm when others before them had failed. Land management at the farm is based on spirituality, sustainability, simplicity and the preservation of all local life systems. To read more about the farm, click here.
For Love of Lavender is an account of how Christine Sine, creator of Godspace and writer for Evangelical Environmental Network MOMS, encountered God through the beauty, fragrance, and abundance of the lavender in her garden. She discusses how reflecting on her garden teaches her about God and reminds her of many Bible verses such as Proverbs 27:9 The heart is delighted by the fragrance of oil and sweet perfumes, and in just the same way, the soul is sweetened by the wise counsel of a friend. She also discusses how to use these lessons to teach children. To read more, click here.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a worldwide community of people dedicated to bringing meaning, beauty, and value to places that have been damaged by human or natural acts. Rad Joy educates, supports, and connects communities around the world to create Earth Exchanges, experiential gatherings in which people visit wounded places, get to know them as they are now, share their stories of what they mean to them, and make a simple, spontaneous work of art there. Often, this “gift to the place” is the Rad Joy Bird, made by the group out of materials found on site. To read more about Radical Joy for Hard Times, click here.
Earth Sangha is a non-profit public charity based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to work towards ecological restoration as a form of socially engaged Buddhism. Although they work in the spirit of Buddhist practice, their volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and their work is secular and science based. To read more about Earth Sangha, click here.
This guided meditation, written by Christine Sine from Godspace, is meant to provoke thought on what it would be like to welcome God home to an earth restored, transformed and made new. It also includes helpful ways to focus your thoughts and what you can do to make this world a more inviting place. To read more, click here.
This resource from Godspace offers liturgy related to creation and gardening. The author, Christine Sine, said “ The sense of God’s presence with me as I read the liturgy was astounding for me. It made me realize how disconnected my spiritual practices usually are from my everyday life and how much more intimate my relationship with God can become when I connect my prayers to my daily activities.” She read the sample after gardening for a few hours. To read the entire resource, click here.
Godspace has created a list of resources and books for further study. Some examples of books include:
To read the full list, click here.
Godspace believes that community gardens are not just a place to grow food, but a way to express your faith and interact with God and His creation. Christine Sine, the creator of Godspace, wrote To Garden with God, a book of reflections and resources for those who want to make connections between gardening and faith. This free booklet is a spin-off resource and is meant to provide an updated list of new resources and techniques on gardening. To download this booklet, click here.