Speaking Topics-2

The Spirituality of Gardening

Speaker: Christine Sine and/or Andy Wade
Purpose/Audience: experiencing God in the garden
Format: 1 hour lecture or 6 hour workshop

Description: everyone is planting a vegetable garden today. In response to the recession many individuals and churches are planting community Even the White House has started a vegetable garden to supplement their salads yet few of us know how to connect these experiences to the biblical story and our Christian faith. This seminar explores the ways that the life death and resurrection of Christ is enacted in our gardens. It is an interactive session that provides opportunity for reflection and prayer as well as providing  practical hints on gardening.

Gardening with God & Neighbor

Speaker: Andy Wade
Purpose/Audience: This workshop explores how to connect with God & neighbor through sacred space, gardening, and design that invites sharing relationships.  Individuals, small groups
Format: 6 hour workshop

Description: In our journey of faith we often refer to Jesus’ command to love both God and neighbor. But what does that actually look like when we get home to our private sanctuary from the world?

As I tore up grass to grow food in our back yard I began to wonder how garden design influences how we encounter God in the garden. Later, after turning our front lawn into a giant garden, my question expanded to, how does loving my neighbor influence the way I create this private space that meets public sidewalk? In this workshop I’ll share more of my journey and the ideas it inspired, give some practical advice for making it simple and cost-effective, and have time for us to share stories and ideas from your own experiences.

Workshop Outline:

  1. Introduction
    1. Why garden with God and neighbor in mind? Part of the process of integrating faith into all of life.
    2. “What If” video
  2. Gardening with God in Mind
    1. Stewarding the gift of creation
    2. Getting out of the box!
    3. Letting God surprise you
    4. Discovering and creating sacred pockets
  3. Gardening with Neighbor in Mind
    1. Removing barriers and blurring the lines
    2. Inviting community/fostering hospitality
    3. Nomads don’t plant fruit trees – Putting down roots
    4. Fostering friendship through sharing
  4. A Light and Easy Burden
    1. Dig no more
    2. Recycle
    3. Save the water

 Rest in the Moment – a spiritual retreat

Facilitator: Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Creating space for rest and renewal while providing tools for ongoing spiritual health. Individuals and Small groups
Format: 6 hour workshop

Does your life become too busy and distracted to enjoy intimacy with God? Join us as we invite the spirit of God to stir our imaginations and guide us into a rhythm of rest and restoration that will sustain us in the months to come.

The pause God calls us to is one of enjoyment and satisfaction, a rest in which we hear God’s affirmation and pleasure in us, a pause in which we hear God’s voice say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Laying aside our work and busyness to pause, and focus on the presence of the living God is a wonderful way to centre our lives on the restfulness of mind and spirit that God intends for us.

Through prayer, reflection and creativity we will explore how to incorporate this type of restful pause into our days, our weeks and our year. Create your own spiritual rhythm and establish practices that strengthen your faith and draw you closer to the One in whom we live and move and have our being.