Cultivation of the land and gardening are woven through the Biblical story. Genesis 2 says that God “planted” a garden. God didn’t speak it into being in this case but knelt in the ground and literally molded it out of the mud and dirt. Is it significant that God planted a garden for humans to live in—a garden that we were commanded to cultivate—instead of a self-sustained wilderness or a prosperous city? And with the growing interest in community gardens this seems a perfect time to get our hands dirty while learning more about God in the process.
As George Bernard Shaw says:
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
The garden has seemingly unending lessons to teach us about the character of God and what it means to be a person of faith. Do you struggle to connect to the story of God through morning devotions and Sunday worship ? I believe one reason people are moving away from Christianity at time warp speed is because we have divorced our faith from the glory of God revealed through the natural world. Nothing makes me more aware of this than working in the garden. 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.
Each year I update my garden resource lists which is compiled into the FREE DOWNLOAD – Creating a Faith Based Community Garden.
In the spirituality of gardening workshops we will discuss the wonderful ways that God and the story of God are revealed through the rhythms of planting, growing and harvesting in the garden. We will explore the profoundly spiritual experiences of making compost, weeding and pruning and assist you to connect your faith more intimately to what is happening in God’s beautiful creation.
Come prepared to get your hands dirty as we will spend some time in the garden or in the greenhouse if the weather is inclement.
I am pleased to recommend the work of Christine Sine. Over the last of couple years, I have grown to deeply appreciate her spiritual insights and knowledge. Community gardening has been an important faith based response to the recession and her work on spirituality and gardening is important for anyone who wants to engage their spiritual practice with stewardship of the land.” Bishop Gregory Rickel, Episcopal Bishop of Olympia.
Each year we host 3-5 seminars on Spirituality and Gardening. These are mainly in the Pacific NW and usually in the spring and summer. One is held at the Mustard Seed House in Seattle in May and others as a result of invitations from churches and community garden networks.
If you would be interested in hosting a seminar in the Pacific N.W. or elsewhere please let me know.
Endorsements for Garden Seminars
Wonderful, no such thing as a black thumb. – Kathy Escobar.
What a marvelous way to spend the day. Amazing on so many levels. Thanks so much, Christine. Dawn Hykan.
It was so good, even for us non-gardeners! Thank you for sharing your passion with us! Stacy Schaffer.
Celebrating God’s embrace through the garden can happen anywhere. (Even in the Home Depot parking lot.) Thank you for a new joyful perspective. Lisa Golden Dugger
Much of the discussion in these seminars revolves around the insights shared in my book To Garden with God
In To Garden with God, Christine Sine shares a profoundly spiritual explanation for the sense of peace we experience when we step into a garden. Blending Scripture with story, this journal – inspirational, contemplative, deeply personal and supremely practical – offers readers a means for transforming pastime into prayer and work into worship. This book is a must-read for seasoned and fledgeling gardeners, and anyone else who yearns to learn how to grow closer to God. – Anna M. Clark, author of Green, American Style
When first created, humans inhabited and communed with God in a garden. We know why and how all that changed but what did not change was our dependence on gardens, or our awe and love of them. Humans and gardens are inseparable. And as we tend our gardens and consider Christine Sine’s profound biblical insights about gardens and gardening we can once again commune deeply with God – in gardens
And don’t miss the wonderful new insights from Andy Wade as he contemplates:
What would happen if we gardened with God and neighbour in mind?
by Christine Sine Sunday was the first sunny day we have had in Seattle for a long time. Tom and I walked around Greenlake, rejoicing in the daffodils with smiling faces shining in the sun. My soul is singing as I rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation in this springtime glory just beginning to […]
Andy Wade – Slowly the snow is giving way to reveal the garden. It’s been a long winter, colder and snowier than normal, a stark contrast to the past several winters. Even as seed catalogues arrive weekly, it’s difficult for me to think about gardening when everything is cloaked in white. The warming shelter I […]
Andy Wade – Sitting in my office, gazing into my garden sanctuary, it would be easy to be disheartened today. The skies are gray, rain is falling, and the garden is still covered in a foot of snow and ice. What happened to that amazing pallet of color splashed across the backyard? Now, dead sunflowers […]
Andy Wade – I’ll bet you didn’t know there was a saint for hemorrhoids. I didn’t! But there’s much more to Saint Fiacre than hemorrhoids. He is also the patron saint of herbs and vegetable gardens and is honored today, September 1st. If you see a statue in a garden and he’s holding a shovel […]
by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt This post is a special post for International Kitchen Garden Day which was celebrated yesterday. The humble herbs have been faithful companion to both cook and gardener for centuries. Anyone with room for a herbaceous plot in their outdoor space is blessed indeed, and so is their food. Flavour and fragrance runs careful […]