“I'm constantly on the lookout for Church happening, wherever that may be,” he says.” Church happens when the Holy Spirit of God wants to celebrate the goodness of creation, and the power of God's grace. I've always seen that happening at the Drum Circle in Pritchard Park.”
Xpress: What would you like to see the Monastery create in Asheville?
Teall-Fleming: I'd like it to be a place of spiritual intimacy, between each person and God, and among all the people that come to be a part of it. Asheville Monastery is to be a place of prayer for all people, not just Christians. I imagine the monastery to draw from spiritual sources beyond Christian boundaries.
There are all kinds of things that happen at Pritchard Park, and I feel it's time for it to be a spiritual center as well. I'm not interested in creating another traditional Christian community with a building and a budget. I'd rather go to a place where God already is, and celebrate that with anyone else that feels called as I do.
Dennis Teall Fleming can be reached at (704) 674-0729 or email@example.com. Or join him in prayer at Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville, 6 to 9 p.m., every Friday.
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