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Sunday Forum: Tikkun Farm & Living in Community
May 5 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Presenter: The Rev. Mary Laymon
In 2010, Mary Laymon and husband Greg York bought acreage with broken down barns and a gutted farmhouse in Mt. Healthy, just north of the city Cincinnati. While slowly repairing the buildings, they envisioned the best possible use for what was formerly a dairy farm. They began to invite people into the community they longed to create on the property.
They offered land for Bhutanese refugees to farm. They opened the farmhouse for local non-profits to meet. They created a space for refugees and immigrant women to work on fiber arts projects. They hosted a trauma-sensitive after-school program for underserved neighborhood youth.
Together, they created Tikkun Farm, a place of healing and repair, a place where all who find shelter on this land come to know the truth that they are beloved.
This forum provides an opportunity to learn more about Tikkum Farm, where the couple today run summer camps, host retreats and workshops, serve community meals, take in animal rescues, welcome a local drum circle and offer spiritual direction.
Tikkun Farm takes its name from the Hebrew “tikkun olam,” meaning to repair the world. Christ Church Cathedral recently awarded an outreach grant to Tikkun Farm for its good work, including working with refugees, especially those from Syria and Bhutan.
Join us for a field trip to Tikkun Farm.
About Mary Laymon
Co-founder of Tikkun Farm Mary Laymon has been pastoring for 20 years. She began her ministry in the Lutheran Church on the East Coast in Maryland and Philadelphia. Her marriage to Greg York brought her to Cincinnati. Her passion is helping people of all ages know God, hear the voice of the holy within them so that they may experience the healing power of love.
She has pastored in a variety of settings: the inner city, a rural parish, middle class suburban congregations. In all these settings she has worked with children, youth and families, while leading retreats and pilgrimages for adults. She also spends her time offering spiritual direction to adults wanting to explore their relationship with God.