EcoEternity Forest

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During Annual Conference 2011, the North Georgia Annual Conference gave permission to the Glisson Board to set aside a portion of the Glisson property as an EcoEternity Forest ... thereby preserving a portion of Glisson's property by allowing families to provide an ecologically-friendly and peaceful resting place for their loved ones.

The Consecration Ceremony for Glisson's EcoEternity Forest was held on Monday, November 14, 2011.  Bishop Mike Watson, resident Bishop of the North Georgia Conference, was present to help consecrate this new venture into the life-long Christian ministry which Glisson represents. View a photo album of the events  on our Facebook page: EcoEternity Consecration Album.

If you're interested in learning more about our EcoEternity Forest, keep reading below or contact Shirley at or (706) 864-6181.

"Glisson is a special place for us. As North Georgia clergy, Glisson will be our consistent church home for our family.  Like so many others, we think of it as holy dirt. Being buried there will only make it more sacred." - Reverends Leigh and Zack Martin


What is an EcoEternity Forest?


   The EcoEternity Forest at Glisson
The forest is located near Glisson's main entrance. View more pictures: EcoEternity Consecration Album

An EcoEternity Forest is an alternative burial concept.  Memorial trees are chosen as a final resting place for the cremated ashes of individuals, families or friends.  For each burial, a biodegradable urn containing ashes is buried along the "drip line" of the tree.  A tree interment preserves natural forests protecting them from clear-cutting and development for an extended period of time.

In contrast to a traditional scattering of ashes, a tree provides a living memorial.  It can be visited, shared and photographed.  A specific location may be very important for those who want to share rememberances.

"Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful place for our ashes to be buried. Our family truly believes Camp Glisson is holy dirt and we can think of no better place to be remembered."
- Carrell Hughes, mother of a Glisson camper, ELI participant, and summer staff member


Contact Info


Questions? Contact Shirley at or by calling the Glisson front office (706-864-6181).


"As Glisson approaches 100 years of ministry, we have become increasingly aware of our deep
connection with multiple generations of families. The EcoEternity Forest at Glisson reaffirms
our life-long relationships with the families and individuals we serve, and creates an
opportunity to be in ministry with new families at a significant point in their lives

Glisson Director, Russell Davis

C. Russell Davis,
Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries




"Our camper says he feels closer to God when he is at Glisson. He says he takes that feeling home with him each summer."

Craig, father of a 2013 Village camper