To the Editor:

The churches of New Canaan are a big part of what gives this town its character, its identity, its heritage, its hope and its future. God’s Acre may be our single most identifiable landmark.

To that end, I am writing to you about Grace Farms, which is the home of Grace Community Church. I am a board member of Grace Farms Foundation and president of the planning team for Grace Community Church.

Grace Community Church started 15 years ago here in New Canaan. In fact, it was our own backyard that held the first church service. It says a lot about New Canaan that a grassroots movement like this can start in such modest ways and soon grow to a following of over 700 folks. Our church cares deeply about the community of New Canaan, the people who live here, and the perpetual efforts put forth to make it a better place for our neighbors and our children.

I also wanted to express the important work Grace Farms Foundation is doing in the New Canaan area.

Within the New Canaan area, Grace Farms Foundation has provided a home for Grace Community Church, allowing us to operate without the burdensome financial restrictions from things like rent appreciation to mortgage maintenance and so on. This allows us the freedom to do what churches are meant to do: change lives, comfort the sick, feed the hungry, help folks find their meaning, and actively advance charity throughout the world.

Two years ago, Conde Nast moved our office to the World Trade Center. Each day I walk by the 9/11 memorial. It is a spiritual place, and I find fascinating the tremendous sanctity it holds. Grace Farms is such a place. It is a powerful environment for bringing people together by fostering new ideas, building community and creating a distinctive New Canaan place.

Grace Farms Foundation can add a peaceful energy to the town. It can be a new type of God’s Acre.

Peter King Hunsinger

New Canaan

Editor’s note: Hunsinger is a board member of Grace Farms Foundation and president of the planning team for Grace Community Church.