Welcome to Day 11 of our 30 day celebration of the 5th Anniversary of
Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, by Paula Langguth Ryan – where we’re answering 30 questions about tithing!

Hi Paula,

I purchased your book earlier today and I have some questions. When you say; tithing to a place or person who “feeds you spiritually” (page 88) do you mean only from persons or organisations that have some affiliation to the church? Can one tithe to ordinary people? For example, could I tithe to someone who survived a disaster because their story touched me deeply? Is sponsoring a child/person in the Third World tithing? I am a Christian of no particular church. Can I tithe to another church or faith? Your own examples would be appreciated. Thank you. – Ronald L.

Hi Ronald,

“Tithing to someone spiritually” means tithing where you are spiritually fed – where you are uplifted. I am fed spiritually in all sorts of ways – including being gratefully pulled out of the duldrums simply by seeing a homeless person, for example. And I have tithed to them because of it. Tithing to anyone because they feed your spirit, and make you feel more connected to each other and God, is perfect.

I have tithed to many different religious traditions, wherever I am spiritually guided to do so. If you’d like to get answers to more questions that come up for you in the book, write again or listen to the recordings from the 10 week Giving Thanks Tithing Mastery Study Course. If this course feeds your spirit, tithes and offerings are gratefully accepted and are used to fund education and health projects in Kenya:

The Village Gathering
1121 Annapolis Road, Suite 120
Odenton, MD 21113

Or via paypal at: Tammie@artofabundance.com

Peace and prosperity,

Paula Langguth Ryan

Please remember our work in your legacy as well – or when you’re doing your tax planning! When making donations of appreciated stocks, property, and other large items, please list the recipient as The Village Gathering. Many thanks and richest blessings, as my colleague Rev. Catherine Ponder would say!