The Church of the Divine Earth

The Church of the Divine Earth is a non-denominational solemn spiritualistic earth-centered Baltic-influenced Pagan church. It is dedicated to the proclamation and implementation of earth-centered spiritual teachings and the maintenance of Divine worship. It prescribes to the precepts of Romuva, a religion of human nature and human life with Nature and sees the Divine Spirit in all things. It is a religion that focuses on the sanctity of trees, rivers, stones and other outpourings of the gods and the veneration of ancestors.

The purpose for which it is formed is for religious purposes including the propagation of beliefs and practices and to enjoy any and all rights and privileges available to it by law or otherwise, including IRS Pubs. 526 & 557, Code 508(c)(1)(A), and Sections 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3), which are available to it by its existence.

Within the United States, The Church of the Divine Earth is a duly recognized entity by the United States Government and is a tax-exempt organization. Additionally, it is excepted from filing any and all daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual information returns and contributions to it are tax-deductible.

On March 13, 2010, The Church created an Internet presence. On March 20, 2010, inaugural services of The Church were performed upon the earth and within the confines of the City of Tacoma, County of Pierce, State of Washington, USA in celebration of the vernal equinox. On October 22, 2010, The Church established a presence on an international website for the purposes of social and religious interaction. On November 23, 2011, The Church filed for corporate identity with the Washington State Secretary of State's office for the purpose of property procurement and for banking purposes.

The Church, being earth-centered in nature, conducts services in an open-air environment. Services have been held upon the premises of personal residences and at parks and cemeteries in and around the City of Tacoma, County of Pierce, State of Washington, USA.

The Church is now able also to assemble upon its own property, a site that formerly consisted of a single-family dwelling that fell into disrepair and was then ordered demolished by the local governmental agency, so duly empowered. The Church had been looking for a suitable site for over two years when this particular site became available for purchase. Knowing for years that this particular property existed and what with all the foliage it just happened to have upon and around it, for years it was imagined just how great it would be to have this particular parcel available for its site and a spot for the construction of a parsonage for the Church. That day finally became a reality.

Closing on the property took place on June 20th, 2012, in celebration of Summer Solstice 2012. The site has well matured native foliage upon it in addition to its circumferencing the sides and rear of the property, presenting a unique opportunity for natural foliage to act doubly in a religious environment, to say nothing of the magnificent tree line that embellishes the site. Development will navigate around existing trees, shrubs, plants and ground cover to the fullest extent possible - for that is the beauty of the site....

May the Eternal Flame burn through the ages,
May the spirit of our ancestors protect us,
and may the gods and goddesses watch over us.

May God Dievas help !
May Goddess Laima bless !

Terry Kuehn

Click here regarding The Church site in East Tacoma currently under development