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Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc

ULC Congregation # 62313

A Truly Open and Welcoming Community

of real people doing real things together

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About Our Fellowship


We are a small, growing community of sincere persons, of all paths and persuasions, who seek an opportunity of developing healthy relationships among ourselves and the world around us.  Be assured we do not seek to move you from your path, but to be an additional outlet for your needs of community and the exchange of ideas both spiritual and secular.  


We come together from a wide array of faith paths to connect as a community to aid in our intellectual, personal and spiritual development. We, as an organization, believe in that which is right for ourselves, our community and our planet.  Each individual has the privilege and responsibility to determine what is right according to their own beliefs, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.



Our History


On September 14, 2007, Rev. Bernard G. Dyson III, and three other persons involved with the initial founding of Garden Source Spiritual Center (aka The Garden), applied for and obtained Congregational status with Universal Life Church. The initial founders of The Garden wanted to provide sincere persons of all paths and persuasions an opportunity to connect as an interfaith community to aid their intellectual, personal and spiritual development. 

 

Between December of 2007 and June of 2011, due to life circumstances, Garden Source Spiritual Center become dormant.

 

On June 15, 2011, Garden Source Spiritual Center re-established itself in Kentucky as an interfaith organization made up of individuals who believe in connecting as a community to promote each person's individuality while encouraging awareness of the impact we have upon ourselves, those we encounter and the Earth.  Through Fellowship Services and community building activities, the membership creates common goals to learn, to grow, to share, and to make a difference.

 

On June 14, 2014 the Garden Source Spiritual Center Community adopted Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.


On June 18, 2014 we filed and received certification as a non-profit corporation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky officially becoming Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc.  The Garden Membership continues to develop policies and procedures for maintaining our purpose as a charitable, religious, educational, and scientific organization vital to the common good of the community and society at large.

 

On October 29, 2015 mailed a completed Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


On February 12, 2016 the US Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service granted Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc. status as a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3).


What We Believe


Though Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc has no traditional doctrine, we as an organization have established two central themes which are: (1) that all things are interconnected and worthy of respect: (2) that each individual has the privilege and responsibility to determine what is right according to their own beliefs, respecting the rights and beliefs of others.


The Garden Membership is made up of diverse individuals of many educational backgrounds, personal experiences, faith paths and no faith at all.  However, each is allowed to convey their knowledge and beliefs for the benefit of expanding the strength and wisdom of the community. Thus resulting in allowing The Garden Community to work on common goals without prejudice or discrimination.



The Congregation of Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc meets monthly for fellowship services which are lay-led under the guidance of our clergy.  As a community, we celebrate holidays of different faith paths including but not limited to Christian, Judaic, and Pagan.  We also create activities for community building such as camping retreats, book clubs, and learning circles.



What We are Doing


The Membership of The Garden has established a Homeless Project in which the members make scarves and hats to distribute annually to the homeless community while serving coffee and cookies.

As a community, Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc plans to acquire and re-purpose a tract of land that has been polluted or over-farmed and then abandoned; also known as a brownfield property.  We plan to clean up and re-purpose this property as a permanent place to gather for fellowship, celebration, education and research. To that end, we are currently involved with the following:

  • The Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc Membership has estab-lished policies creating a property fund.
  • Garden Member, Zachary, is leading research, development and the overseeing of Bioremediation protocols of any brownfield property acquired by The Garden.  Bioremediation is the science of using appropriate fungus, plants, and/or bacteria seeding to restore over-farmed, E. coli and/or petroleum contaminated soils.  Based on an experiment by mycologist Paul Stamets and under the guidance of Mr. Snyder, we have successfully shown that mulch inoculated with Blue Oyster Fungus (Pleurotis Ostreatus) digests dirty motor oil contaminated over-farmed heavy clay soil and regenerates that soil to a healthy state ready for planting trees, landscaping and gardening.  Preliminary tests have shown that Bioremediation can accomplish brownfield cleanup in a time frame that would satisfy EPA guidelines.
  • Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc Co-Chairperson, Love, who holds both a B.S. in Biology and Permaculture Design Certificate, is leading research, development and will oversee the implementation of agroforestry techniques on the acquired property.  Under her design guidance, we will plant a food forest incorporating areas for education, research, meditation, and worship.  The organic food forest will demonstrate how mixed perennial-based poly-cultural plantings can produce a significant amount of food for people in a compact space, while maintaining low labor input and supporting natural life in the ecosystem.  Within the plan we will include deep mulch, no till garden beds for annual-based plantings.  Agroforestry can help solve issues such as climate change, soil erosion, feeding bees and other beneficial insects, and wildlife support.  Once the organic food forest is established, we will have the potential to provide vitamin rich, high protein food sources for hungry people in the Bluegrass Region.
  • Garden Source Spiritual Center Inc Co-Chairperson, Rev. SonnyD, is leading our investigation and demonstration of the viability of renewable energy sources in both large and small scale settings.  We plan to integrate photo-voltaic and wind energy for use on the property thus reducing our ecological footprint.