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