About Us

“Found your hope, then, on the ground under your feet. Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground Underfoot. Be it lighted by the light that falls freely upon it after the darkness of the nights” ~ Wendell Berry, Leavings.

Rooted in Discipleship

This story is told of Saint Anthony, one of the great desert monastics of the fourth century:

Someone asked Abba Anthony, “What must one do in order to please God?” The old man replied “Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.”

The Family Tree began as Hyaets Community in 2005. From the beginning, one of the primary characteristics of our discipleship has been our rootedness in Enderly Park. We have adopted this place as the place where we “live and work and have our being,” and our commitment is to remain here. And just as we have become adapted this place, so has this place taken us in and nourished us. The people, the massive oaks, the old buildings, and the rolling hills all gently shape our walk together. Our lives are knit together with this particular place where we live. We hope that our stability here is one way that we can please God as we grow together in discipleship.

What We Believe

  • We believe God, revealed in Christ, transforms lives through loving relationship by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that following in the way of Jesus leads to wholeness and depth.
  • The way we learn to nurture and nourish our relationship with God and neighbor is through the intentional practice of Christian spiritual disciplines.
  • As we share life together, our hope is that we may embody the prayer, “On earth as it is in heaven.”
  • We believe the people and places surrounding the Enderly Park neighborhood are the good soil in which we desire to be planted.
  • Because the soil where we are planted bears the wounds of racial oppression, we will always be working against the legacy of racism.
  • We look to our neighbors for wisdom, guidance, and mutual care.
  • We invite others to come and seek the work of the Holy Spirit around us and encourage interested folks to join us in this way of life.


We take joy in God’s creation and find meaning, beauty, and inspiration when we engage with the Holy Spirit in acts of creativity.


We choose to order our lives around gatherings for prayer. The practice of prayer deepens our relationship with God and neighbor.


We open our doors to our neighbors – people of different backgrounds, races, theologies, and socio-economic status. When we welcome the stranger, we welcome God into our midst.

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