Author Archives: themichellesmith

About themichellesmith

Community enthusiast from the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC who thinks globally and acts neighborly. Inter-faith Minister and Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. Founder and Lead Celebrant, Asheville Celebrant. Willing to work for more peace, more joy and more beautiful places to share stories, food, music and dancing, Unwilling to work for raw survival of our species. Prefers dialogue to debate. Believes fundamentally that Duke's is the only mayonnaise worth eating.

Interfaith “Water Sabbath” offers a time of rest, peace and hope for WNC water ecology and justice activists

Asheville’s affiliate of NC’s Interfaith Power and Light began offering a monthly Earth Sabbath service this spring at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Charlotte St. Every fourth Monday the community is invited to an Inter-faith service intended to offer a time of … Continue reading

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Spring Break

Faith in Asheville is on Spring Break this week.  I spent this past rainy Sunday in the Temple of Holy Rest — my own home with my sweet-heart and my dogs. I have posted the links to the faith communities … Continue reading

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An Irish Stew of Spiritual Nourishment at Unity Center

Tears and laughter, sincerity and irony, a call to stillness and a call to service — worship at Unity Center delivers rich spiritual nourishment like a warm bowl of savory stew — make that Irish stew in this instance.  St. … Continue reading

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A Meeting of Friends

The Religious Society of Friends March 6, 2011 This Sunday I visited the The Asheville Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers.  I’ve long been curious and attracted to the Friends because of their commitment … Continue reading

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The Perennial Wisdom of New Thought

Center for Spiritual Living February 27, 2011 Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville have a similar structure and pace to most churches I’ve visited.  The content of these services, however, quickly reveals that the people of this … Continue reading

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Faith flows from Asheville to Bolivia and Back

I didn’t attend any services in Asheville this week.  The sad loss of an old and beloved friend required that I make a trip to GA instead. Even so, Grace provides and I am able to share with you a … Continue reading

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Dance, Dance Revelation!

For years I’ve heard friends around Asheville talk about “Sweat Your Prayers” and how much they loved it.  Some were quite devoted to attending these community dances.  It sounded fun—I do love to dance—but I’d never made a point to … Continue reading

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