Resurrection Has Begun! – MSA Imaginings March 2013
MSA Imaginings March 2013 Resurrection has begun
Easter may still be two weeks away but, here in Seattle with the bright yellow faces of daffodils smiling in the sunshine, and fragrant cherry blossoms blooming here at MSA we feel that resurrection has begun. New partnerships, opportunities for ministry tell us the anticipation of new life is in the air.
Partnering with Overflow Project for the 50 Day Challenge
During the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost MSA will partner with The Overflow Project (TOP) a non-profit organization changing lives through simple living and generous giving.
Through a 50-Day Challenge TOP encourages people to think twice about the money they spend each day and consider how they could contribute to an overflow of support for families in need of clean water.
Brian Wolters the founder of TOP, reminded us that Easter is a day where more people go to church than any other day of the year and asks: If you are part of a community or a church, why not invite people who gather to get involved in sharing your mission to change the world? The MSA team have all accepted the challenge to celebrate the resurrection for the entire Easter season this year and we invite you to join us. Consider packing a lunch each day or cutting out your morning cup of coffee and donate the money you say to the Overflow Project.
This year TOP is also partnering with World Concern where 100% of funds from our 50-Day Challenge will support a water program in Somalia. Watch this brief video, which explains the 50-Day Challenge to simplify, give, and change by saving at least $1 a day. Or visit The Overflow Project or find them on Facebook or Twitter. On day 50, we’ll celebrate – bringing together what we have saved to contribute to life-changing water projects.
Partnering with Parish Collective and Seattle School for the Inhabit Conference
The MSA team will also partner with the Parish Collective and Seattle Schoolof Theology and Psychology April 19 & 20th for the Inhabit Conference. Like the leaders of this movement, we think grassroots parishioner-led ecumenism is the future of the church and want to both support and strengthen this movement. Inhabit, is the only major conference in North America that focuses on the New Parish Movement. It is a gathering of innovative practitioners who will share powerful stories of renewal actually happening in their parishes.
Tom and I will kick off the conference and will also facilitate labs – Tom’s on how the challenges of the next ten years will impact local neighborhood churches, community development organizations and small business. Mine will focus on contemplative activism and the spiritual practices we need to develop to sustain us into the future. Cindy will be involved to a discussion about entrepreneurship and all of us will help man the MSA booth so we would love to see you there and hope that you will stop by for a chat.
Partnering with Shambala Farm for a Wild Camano Tour
Last week MSA and the Mustard Seed Village were featured in the Stanwood/Camano newspaper. We are making new friends and developing new relationships on the Island.
May 4th we will partner with Nancy Chase from Shambala Farm and Nursery for a wilderness inter-active walk and work party, observing both habitats and horticulture. Prepare the land with us and maybe even plant our first small garden using the permaculture technique known as Heugelkutur, which taught as part of Shambala Farms Permaculture Design Certification Course.
Come and join us, celebrate the erection of the poles and laying of the slab for the first building at the Mustard Seed Village. Help us plant a beginning garden and keep the Mustard Seed growing. And keep your eyes open for other opportunities to collaborate with us over the summer as we work to complete the first MSV building.
Still Time to Sign up For Igniting the Divine Spark
This weekend we hold our first ever Igniting the Divine Spark workshop with Cindy Todd. There is still time to sign up and learn more about her innovative approach to small business development. Check out her latest blog post.
New Life is in the Air
Return to Our Senses continues to gain momentum and the feedback is amazing. One reader told me that this book has transformed their prayer life. Another that it has moved them from the verge of atheism back to faith. I have been encouraged to develop a series of downloadable prayer retreat processes that flow out of the information in this book. I am excited with this possibility and appreciate your prayers as we work to produce them.
I am also excited to participate in Missio Alliance’s inaugural national gathering, “The Future of the Gospel: Renewing Evangelical Imagination for Mission.” April 11-13 in Washington DC. Be sure to check out the details of plenary sessions, workshops, and the amazing and diverse list of presenters.
May will be an especially busy month for us with the Wild Camano Tour May 4th, my regular yearly trip to the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven CT May 6-11, Spirituality of Gardening seminar at the Mustard Seed House in Seattle May 18th and workshops in Port Townsend WA May 26th. I will facilitate a Spirituality of Gardening seminar 10:00AM-1:PM at Grace Lutheran Church. Later that evening from 6:00PM-8:00PM Tom will be speaking on Port Townsend 2018: Reimagining Life and Faith in Changing Times at First Presbyterian Church so if you live on the Olympic peninsular consider joining us May 25th in Port Townsend.
More Opportunities to Join Us
Mustard Seed Associates has partnered with Creation Care Studies Program to launch CCSP-Cascadia, a 15.5 week residential interdisciplinary environmental studies program based on Camano Island, in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not too late to register for our fall launch of Creation Care Studies Program – Cascadia semester! Deadline for registration is March 31st.
Tom and I will be in Melbourne and Adelaide Australia in June. Tom and I will teach an intensive: Reimagining Faith for Turbulent Times at Tabor College in Adelaide and there is still room & time to sign up. We would love to have some of our friends join us.
This is an exciting but challenging season for us as we grow the work of MSA and we appreciate your prayers and support.
Executive Director MSA