Practicing Resurrection – April MSA Imaginings
A new world has come.
May we breathe its air,
May we learn its language,
May we practice its ways,
Let us go out,
And live God’s resurrection life today.
Easter Sunday is over and many of us are grappling with how to live out our faith in the days that lie ahead. That is certainly our focus here at Mustard Seed Associates as we consider how to practice spirituality, sustainability, simplicity, hospitality and community in the context of our rapidly changing world.
We pray that you will continue to journey with us as we grapple with these issues.
Practicing Resurrection at the Mustard Seed Village
This last week Tom and I had the privilege of taking a group of George Fox University students to Camano Island. We used our Mustard Seed Village “classroom” for the first time, eating lunch together and discussing the possibilities for their lives after graduation. Yes our classroom is still only a concrete slab with eight poles rising into the air, but for us it is a sign and a promise of things to come.
Over the next few months we plan to hold several events on the land including our annual Celtic prayer retreat August 10 – 11. This year’s theme: Celebrate the Newness with music by Ryan Marsh from Church of the Beloved.
Our next event will be the Wild Camano Tour May 4th. This is a great opportunity to see what is developing, to walk the land with our friends from Shambala Farms, and hopefully help us plant a beginning garden using permaculture principles to teach about sustainable agriculture. So sign up soon for this unique event.
Practicing Resurrection at the Mustard Seed House
In the northern hemisphere spring is fully upon us! Here at the Mustard Seed House, in Seattle, we are gearing up:
Our annual Spirituality of Gardening seminar is on May 18th.
We are also getting ready for our spring plant sale, so if you live in the Seattle area, and would like us to start your tomatoes or other vegetables for you, now is the time to let us know – check out the order form here.
For those on the Olympic Peninsula, May 25th is Spirituality of Gardening day. Grace Lutheran Church in Port Townsend will host a seminar 10am – 1pm. From 6:00PM-8:00PM that evening, Tom will be speaking on Port Townsend 2018: Reimagining Life and Faith in Changing Times, at First Presbyterian Church. For more information on these events contact Pastor Coe Hutchison.
Practicing Resurrection for Our Global Audience
One of MSA’s strengths is the sharing of mustard seed stories that inspire others with the thought, “I could do that!”
God gifts each of us with unique creativity intended to be used to imagine and create spiritual practices, ministries and life choices that flow out of God’s shalom vision and make a difference by bringing fresh expressions of God’s new world into being.
This is why we are so excited to partner with Parish Collective for the Inhabit Conference. April 19 & 20th here in Seattle. There is still time and space to sign up for this wonderfully enriching event.
- This is the kind of creativity that was inspired by Cindy Todd’s recent workshop, “Inspiring the Divine Spark“.
- It is also stirred by Andy Wade’s recent post “Don’t Be Intimidated be Inspired“.
- And it is nudged into action by initiatives like The Overflow Project’s 50-Day Challenge, which kicked off this weekend.
Why take the 50-Day Challenge? I love what MSA volunteer Jackie Beeler has to say about this in a recent post on the MSA website, Overflowing with Over Abundance.
The MSA team is participating and we hope you will too!
One question that we constantly seek to address at MSA is: How do we provide resources for those wanting to become whole life disciples in our fast paced and rapidly changing world?
The Godspace blog increasingly is becoming a “must visit” place for those looking for creative resources for their own spiritual journey, as well as for worship and study materials for congregational use. March was our busiest month ever with almost 50,000 visits. Prayers and liturgies posted on the blog have been used by groups as diverse as Nuns for Justice and the 24/7 prayer network.
The theme on this blog for the next few months will be Practicing Resurrection —
If you would like to share your story of how you practice resurrection living today we would love to hear from you. Perhaps your story could inspire others to step out and risk their lives in radical discipleship.
The success of Return to Our Senses, and the recent Lenten retreat based on the book has emphasized how hungry people around the world are for resources that help them connect their faith to their everyday life.
Over the next several months we hope to produce a range of online Return to Our Senses retreat processes that can be downloaded from the MSA website. We appreciate your prayers and your support as we work to produce these important resources.
Unfortunately not everything springs into life when we expect it to. CCSP Cascadia has had to be postponed once again. We are not sure when the new dates will be. And the intensive Tom and I had been invited to facilitate at Tabor College in Adelaide has been canceled. However we will still be in Australia in June to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday and to work with Murrumbeena Baptist Church in Melbourne.
Practicing Resurrection: Join the Mustard Seed Team
MSA is flourishing. Our ministry is expanding and we need your help to keep it growing!
We are looking for volunteers and interns to assist us in moving forward into the work God calls us to do.
- Would you like to volunteer a couple of hours a week with our team and help with administrative details here in Seattle?
- Would you consider helping from a distance with graphic design for fliers and publications?
- Or would you like to join our team as an intern?
If you are interested please contact us for details.
We appreciate your continued support and encouragement as we seek to inspire, connect and create in ways that make a difference in God’s world.