Rooted in Faith
We strive to follow the example of Jesus by loving, serving, and feeding each other. The vision for The Garden Church embraces the idea that the church is itself an organism that is gathered together to be useful to the broader community, not merely existing to serve itself, and that it is a place where people can come and be useful to each other and to the community around them. Embodying the Swedenborgian teaching that “all religion is of life, and the life of religion is to do good,” we will blur the lines between worship and service, community development and church as an embodied spiritual community. Drawing from the teaching of the deep connection between the natural world and a spiritual reality, we will engage nature and food through embodied theology as we garden and eat together.
Engaging the teachings of interconnected community and the multiple levels of loving the neighbor, we envision this church to serve as an organic emanation of God’s redemptive and transformative work. We see the work we do together bringing transformation to individuals, between people, in the local community, for the broader denomination, and to society as a whole.