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In this podcast episode, the Rev. Rebecca Rutter shares insights she learned about going green, living simply, and making room for Jesus, while building a tiny house.

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Get Your Spirit in Shape: Peace, Simplicity and a Tiny House


It was a stressful year for the Rev. Rebecca Rutter. The United Methodist pastor was in the final year of seminary, pastoring a church, and parenting three children. She needed something to help her relax. For her, this meant building a tiny house.

Rutter has loved house design since childhood, and as an adult studied sustainable architecture, environmentally responsible construction, and alternative ways of providing energy and water to a home. So for her, the challenge of designing and building a 98 square foot house brought together many of her interests, the perfect diversion.

After 11 months of building, Rutter had a tiny house and great insight into peaceful living, simplicity, and gratitude.

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