Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1

April 20, 2021

Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1 - Episode No. 58

This edition of the Means of Grace podcast uses two episodes to highlight four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. Part 1 features Ann Self, the executive director of The Village Green in Cashiers, and Chris Harbin and Edmari Correya deCastro, who share about their aquaponics and biodiverse orchard ministry.

These episodes are airing on the Tuesdays surrounding Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and its Creator with the lives of people in their community.  One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourage you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry.  Be sure to check out Part 2 next week.

Show Notes - Episode No. 58

Earth Day Sunday - CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRIES                
Worship resources for Earth Day 2021 - Global Ministries (
Caretakers of God's Creation ( – United Methodist Creation Care
Creation Care ( – Creation Care in the United Methodist Social Principles
Climate • GBCS ( – General Board of Church and Society resources – United Methodist Women resources (search “creation”)

Home - The Village Green Of Cashiers (
Home | Diana Butler Bass Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution
Google “Story Wall” to discover ways to exhibit a story in multiple frames.
Center for Action and Contemplation ( Richard Rohr  The Universal Christ and Every Thing is Sacred

G.I.F.T. Home (
G.I.F.T. Aquaponics & Shepherds Garden | Wingate UMC (
Home Page | EndHunger Society of St. Andrew gleaning

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