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A spiritual center without walls or dogma ...

Our Commitment

 

We are committed to making our mission statement and core values a living, breathing part of what we do. They will be posted and discussed regularly. We will also ask you from time to time how we are doing in terms of putting them into practice and "walking our talk."

Mission Statement

To grow and nurture a welcoming, inclusive and transformative community where spiritual seekers can connect to each other and the Divine in their own unique way; and to support and promote the work, services, and offerings of community members.

Core Values

Hospitality • Flexibility • Integrity • Diversity • Collaboration • Transformation

Vision

To reimagine the concepts of "church" and "religion" in a way that changes the world.

Community Happenings*

 

MONDAY

Gratitude and Prayer Circle

Start your week out on a positive note ... in community with others. Every Monday morning from 8 to 8:30 a.m. ET. (Led by Garrett via Zoom)

Demystifying Mysticism

This experiential discussion group explores what mysticism is — and isn't — for those who are curious about or already on the mystic path. The first Monday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. (Led by Garrett via Zoom.)

Death Cafe

A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. The third Monday of every month from 6 to 7:15 p.m. ET. (Led by Death Doula Cheryl Durden and Rev. Garrett.)

TUESDAY

Breaking Bread Together

This is an opportunity for us to take a break from our busy days to enjoy a brownbag lunch and lively conversation together. Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. ET. (Led by Garrett in a Community In Spirit Facebook meeting room.)

WEDNESDAY

Sacred Dance Break

Thirty minutes of moving our bodies to the rhythm and spirit of music and community. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. (Led by Dawn via Zoom.)

THURSDAY

Breaking Bread Together

This is an opportunity for us to take a break from our busy days to enjoy a brownbag lunch and lively conversation together. Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. ET. (Led by Garrett in a Community In Spirit Facebook meeting room.)

Sacred Writing Circle

Join other spirit-led writers for experiential discussion, practice and sharing. Second and fourth Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. ET (Led by Garrett via Zoom.)

SATURDAY

Sacred Dance Break

Thirty minutes of moving our bodies to the rhythm and spirit of music and community. Every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET. (Led by Dawn via Zoom.)

OTHER HAPPENINGS

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PLUS: CHECK OUT ALL OUR COMMUNITY IN SPIRIT FORUM HUBS AND DISCUSSIONS!

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About

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FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Hi, everyone! I'm Rev. Garrett A. Foster. I am not your typical minister. The world is my church. Love is my religion. Forgiveness and gratitude are my hymns.

I'm a lucky guy. I've done some amazing things in life. I graduated from Vassar College. I wrote for daytime TV and won an Emmy Award. I was an editor for magazines and newspapers. I owned two small businesses — an ice cream and tropical gift shop, and a paint-your-own pottery studio. I published a novel, The Accident of Being Human.

I have also experienced a lot of turmoil and suffering, which included being bullied for being gay; facing cancer three times; dealing with anxiety, depression and major OCD; experiencing religious wounding from the Catholic Church; and more.

 

Connecting with others healed and transformed me. Discovering my own spirituality helped me find inner peace and purpose. I had a calling to create this community as a place where others could do the same safely and without any judgment.

 

I created and founded Community In Spirit for all people to truly feel loved, accepted and celebrated regardless of their color, race, sexuality, age, political and/or religious affiliation, and more.

 

​​That's my story. What's yours?

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  Our Community

  • A spiritual center without walls

  • A safe place to learn and explore

  • A healing center for today's world

  • Accepting of all people and religions — or no religion at all

  • A new way of worshipping

  • Interactive, innovative, insightful

  • A place where friendships are formed and lives are changed

Perhaps most important it is whatever its members need and want it to be!

Our Daily Engagement

We engage members every day in our private FB group with an interactive question, reflection, resource, quotes, image, etc. Every day's offering is somehow based on that month's particular theme. Monthly themes have included: Spiritual Quotes, Must-Read Books, Gratitude, Getting To Know Each Other, and more.

CO-DIRECTOR

 

Dawn Welburn is an ordained interfaith/inter-spiritual minister; a clinical/intuitive massage therapist; a full-spectrum doula; and a creatrix of jewelry, poetry and art. She has recently relocated to Austin, Texas, to pursue studies at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.

 

Through Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath and Death, Dawn is a certified teacher of the courses “Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss,” and “Loving, Dying, & Letting Go,” as well as a certified facilitator of pregnancy loss support groups.

 

Dawn’s journey involves reawakening, rediscovering, and reconnecting to herself and the world. Helping others during their own self-discovery, holding space for each individual wherever they are right now, with all of the tools she is learning along her own path, is her ministry and service.

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Join Our Thriving Community

Join our members-only FB group. We keep it private so people will have a safe, supportive space to share their stories, challenge their beliefs, and transform their lives.

This is truly our center without walls where we celebrate, honor, recognize, nurture and support ourselves and each other ... where we love, learn, live, laugh and transform.

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