The end of the year is approaching. Here in Seattle the leaves are turning red and gold and brown. The last sweet tomatoes are ripening on the vine and everything says enjoy the harvest, the dark days of winter are coming. Here at MSA we are enjoying a rich harvest: a new book, new contributors adding rich content to blogs, website and Facebook pages, and new adventures in entrepreneurship.
Return to Our Senses
A couple of years ago on my blog, I asked, “What makes you feel close to God?” Dozens of people responded with concrete illustrations about how they connect to God in everyday life. They talked about playing with kids, turning the compost pile, washing the dishes and walking in the local park. No one mentioned church or Bible study. Their reflections became the blog series What Is A Spiritual Practice.
These observations started me on a journey into the love of God, rediscovering the richness of a life in which prayer interweaves through all of life. My journey has opened windows into the loving nature of God far beyond my imaginings. It has exposed me to prayer traditions I never knew existed. It has encouraged me to create my own new and fresh expressions of prayer. It has also brought me together with a growing number of people who search for a more vital prayer life.
is a result of this journey. It was written for those who hunger for a deeper, more life encompassing relationship with God. Some of the practices I share have existed for centuries and only require us to tap into the rich knowledge and practices of ancient followers of Christ to access them. Others will be newly created, springing fresh from our imaginations and creativity, specially designed for intimacy with God in our present culture. Breathing, drinking a glass of water, picking up a stone, taking a photo can all become thin spaces that awaken us to the loving presence of God.
Return to Our Senses will be released November 20th but is now available for pre-order. All proceeds from the book will go toward the work of Mustard Seed Associates.
MSA has a number of other resources available that you may like to consider as we head towards Advent and Christmas:
Cindy Todd – Moving Ahead with Creativity and Imagination
Cindy Todd’s Snohomish Soap Company recently had the incredible opportunity to be included in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch Competitionsponsored by Social Venture Partners of Seattle. She prepared a set of hand drawn slides with the help of a wonderful local graphic facilitator, and received favorable reviews (tho not the money) for the deck’s clear concise message and unique design . She was also interviewed recently by the Everett Herald.
Snohomish Soap Company is not a ministry of MSA, but its development has been crucial to our development as we transition towards a centre for Christian innovation and creativity. Cindy’s endeavours provide a wonderful example of the interplay between business and Christian ministry. Expect to hear more from her as she develops her ideas on igniting the divine spark.
MSA Web- Inspiring, Connecting, Creating
The Light for the Journey Facebook page has a host of new contributors providing rich thoughts for daily reflection: Jamie Arpin Ricci author of The Cost of Community and founder of Litte Flowers community in Winnipeg Manitoba; Phileena Heuertz co-founder of Word Made Flesh and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul; Micha Jazz a contemplative activist in Chichester UK and a member of the Axiom Monastic Community; Bonnie Harr who posts prayers and reflections at In His Footsteps; John Birch who posts Celtic Prayers and Resources at Faith and Worship; Mary Plate DeJong who leads pilgrimages to Iona Scotland and is Forest Steward for one of Seattle’s urban forests and Mark Scandrette author of Practicing the Way of Jesus and founding director of ReIMAGINE in San Francisco. These are also posted weekly as Prayers for the Journey on Godspace.
The MSA blog also plays host to an expanding array of contributors too. Check out the latest in Steve Kimes’ challenging series on poverty, homelessness and community.
Pray for Us In This Transition Season:
- For the MSA team, Board and consultants over the next couple of months as we discern the future shape of MSA
- For the ongoing development of the MSA village and the launch of CCSP/Cascadia
- For the launch of Return to Our Senses in November and A Journey Into Wholeness: Daily Reflections for Lent and Holy Week in January 2013
- For ongoing travels and speaking:
- Tom & Christine Sine in Newberg & Portland OR Nov 6-12
- Tom & Christine Sine in San Francisco CA Nov 26-30
- Christine Sine in Alexandria, VA April 11-13, 2013
- Christine Sine in New Haven CT, May 6-10, 2013
- Tom & Christine Sine in Australia June 5-25, 2013
- Launch of CCSP/Cascadia September 2013
For more details on any on these speaking engagements please contact us.
Thank you for your ongoing support and prayer during this time of growth and transition.