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?
On Saturday we will hold another plant sale at the Mustard Seed House. This year we have lots of tomato starts, succulent gardens and much more. If you live in Seattle and are still looking for a gift for your mother, this is the place for you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need the […]
Andy Wade — Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”Genesis 2:8,15 God was the first gardener. Creating and establishing the first trees, […]
By Lilly Lewin—– Here in the mid-south, we are already planting vegetables in the garden, and starting our front porch planters. The true gardeners are going full force getting in their early crops, and Home Depot and other garden centers are bursting at the seems with mulch, potting soil, and plants of all colors and […]
Keren Dibbens-Wyatt — As regular readers know, many of us here at Godspace love gardens, and enjoy partnering with God in the process of helping nature bloom and thrive in our small plots of land. For a disabled person like me, unable to do any real gardening, my limited time outside has taken on a […]
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 […]