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RE: gardening and religion


Last weekend I turned several wheelbarrows full of horse manure into our
communal raw compost bin. Aiding me that Sunday afternoon were
representatives of several established jewish, islamic &   christian
denominations, an alleged practitioner or Wiccan, and a couple of atheists.
That afternoon, a rainy afternoon, we then had a couple of beers ( our
islamic gardener is a Turk) and then went home to shower. 

Our mid-Manhattan garden in Hell's Kitchen is comprised of a regular United
Nations of nationalities, religions, political & sexual proclivities.As a
community garden in NYC we've held weddings, memorial services and varied
rites for everything under the sun. 

Our common interest is gardening and our common bond is respect and
tolerance ( unless you let your plants get overrun by morning glories
because of neglect- then we let you have it!) 

OK, and we all pray for good weather and a reasonable amount of rain ...even
the atheists.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Kristin Faurest [SMTP:kfaurest@hotmail.com]
> Sent:	Monday, October 11, 1999 2:25 PM
> To:	community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject:	[cg] gardening and religion
> I just joined this listserver, and what an interesting debate about
> religion 
> and gardening I tumbled into. My contribution: it's worth noting that the 
> word "paradise" actually originates not from something ethereal or unknown
> but from an ancient Persian word that describes an enclosed, private
> garden, 
> a spiritual and physical respite from the outside world.
> Semantics are interesting, aren't they? I for one wouldn't want to be
> taken 
> for being anti-semantic!
> Kristin Faurest
> Budapest, Hungary
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