Planting Fruit Trees is Not for Nomads

Planting Fruit Trees is Not for Nomads

– Andy Wade – A Saying from the Desert Fathers It was said about Abba John the Little that he went away to an old Theban in Scetis who lived in the desert. Once his Abba took a piece of dry wood, planted it, and said to him: Water it every day with a bottle of water until it bears fruit. The ...

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Celebrate Earth Day – Plan a Community Garden!

Celebrate Earth Day - Plan a Community Garden!

The word "community" gets tossed around a lot these days. Although there are many definitions of community, when we speak about it in the context of faith it should include aspects of relationship-building, a joining together for a greater purpose than ourselves, and reconciliation - be that between races, economic differences, cultures or other areas that commonly divide us. One effective ...

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Dying for a Change

Dying for a Change

– Andy Wade –  Tragedy on Longevity Mountain That day is still etched in my mind. It's been over 25 years since I saw him yet I can still picture his face as if it was yesterday. My wife, Susan, and I were living in Taiwan at the time and were on a much-needed vacation to the other side of the island. ...

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From Death to Resurrection

From Death to Resurrection

Welcome to Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. This is both the most despairing and the most joyful week of the Christian calendar.  We pray that you will participate in this season in a way that strengthens your faith and encourages you to participate more fully in God’s redemptive work in our world. Death Has Come On Saturday Tom attended the ...

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News From The Innovative Edge

News From The Innovative Edge

This is the first in a series of weekly videos with Tom Sine and Jon Plummer exploring "news from the innovative edge". Be sure to catch Jon's blog after the video! Inside Out -- Jon Plummer -- Kelsey and I (Jon) have decided, in an attempt to add writing to our rhythm of life, to start a blog together. We will both be ...

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Permaculture: Another Journey Toward Wholeness

Permaculture: Another Journey Toward Wholeness

– Andy Wade – My head's been swirling with questions and ideas this past few weeks as I've been taking a free online permaculture class. The instructor, Larry Korn, quoted Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher who cultivated the concept of “natural farming”, which greatly influenced the emergence of the permaculture movement. Korn had worked for a while on Fukuoka's ...

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Moving Forward – April MSA Imaginings

Moving Forward - April MSA Imaginings

Moving Forward Spring is in full swing here in Seattle. The cherry blossoms have inspired us with their magnificence, the daffodils have refreshed us with their sunny faces, and the emerging greenery has filled us with hope. The season is moving forward in all its splendour, and we feel that here at MSA we are too. Moving Forward towards Easter This last month ...

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Village Photos

Village Photos

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Planting Fruit Trees is Not for Nomads

April 23, 2014
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– Andy Wade – A Saying from the Desert Fathers It was said about Abba John the Little that he went away to an old Theban in Scetis who lived in the desert. Once his Abba took a piece of dry wood, planted it, and said to him: Water it every day with a bottle […]

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Celebrate Earth Day – Plan a Community Garden!

April 22, 2014
Creating a Faith-Based Community Garden

The word “community” gets tossed around a lot these days. Although there are many definitions of community, when we speak about it in the context of faith it should include aspects of relationship-building, a joining together for a greater purpose than ourselves, and reconciliation – be that between races, economic differences, cultures or other areas […]

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Dying for a Change

April 18, 2014
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– Andy Wade –  Tragedy on Longevity Mountain That day is still etched in my mind. It’s been over 25 years since I saw him yet I can still picture his face as if it was yesterday. My wife, Susan, and I were living in Taiwan at the time and were on a much-needed vacation […]

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From Death to Resurrection

April 17, 2014
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Welcome to Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. This is both the most despairing and the most joyful week of the Christian calendar.  We pray that you will participate in this season in a way that strengthens your faith and encourages you to participate more fully in God’s redemptive work in our world. Death […]

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News From The Innovative Edge

April 15, 2014
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This is the first in a series of weekly videos with Tom Sine and Jon Plummer exploring “news from the innovative edge”. Be sure to catch Jon’s blog after the video! Inside Out – Jon Plummer – Kelsey and I (Jon) have decided, in an attempt to add writing to our rhythm of life, to […]

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Permaculture: Another Journey Toward Wholeness

April 8, 2014
Bio-intensive garden

– Andy Wade – My head’s been swirling with questions and ideas this past few weeks as I’ve been taking a free online permaculture class. The instructor, Larry Korn, quoted Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer and philosopher who cultivated the concept of “natural farming”, which greatly influenced the emergence of the permaculture movement. Korn had […]

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Moving Forward – April MSA Imaginings

April 3, 2014
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Moving Forward Spring is in full swing here in Seattle. The cherry blossoms have inspired us with their magnificence, the daffodils have refreshed us with their sunny faces, and the emerging greenery has filled us with hope. The season is moving forward in all its splendour, and we feel that here at MSA we are […]

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Village Photos

April 2, 2014
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Are You and Innie or an Outie (part two)

April 2, 2014
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– Andy Wade – In part one of this article I looked a the difference between inner, private gardens and more outward-focused public gardens and how blend of these two options is actually a more balanced approach. Today I want to explore how Eucharist/Communion can help us better understand how our gardens might become an […]

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Are You an Innie or an Outie? (part 1)

March 31, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Unlike bellybuttons, whether your garden is an innie or an outie actually does say something about you. For most of my life my garden was an innie. Only recently have I begun to explore and appreciate the outtie perspective. This really isn’t about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s […]

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