• Behind the Scenes of A Journey Toward Home

    Behind the Scenes of A Journey Toward Home

    – Christine Sine — Last week we celebrated the release of A Journey Toward Home . which is available on the MSA website for a special discount price of $11.95 until November 5th. You have no idea how exciting and rewarding it is to put together a book like this, so I thought your would(…)

  • A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel For Advent to Lent

    A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel For Advent to Lent

    We are excited to launch our new MSA resource, A Journey Toward Home, with a special discount price of $11.95 available through November 5th. For most of us, the birth of Christ conjures up images of a dirty stable where Jesus and his family are alone and abandoned. We imagine a few shepherds, foreigners and(…)

  • Shalom in the Garden

    Shalom in the Garden

    – Andy Wade – If you’ve ever had to deal with pests infesting your vegetables you may wonder if shalom in the garden in possible. Not only is it possible, we can learn shalom from sitting, watching, and learning from God, the master gardener. Before I redesigned our backyard, eliminating straight rows of raised beds(…)

  • Shalom! Are We Listening?

    Shalom! Are We Listening?

    Hands plunged deep into rich, moist earth Pulled back filled with life From such our lives were formed “Very Good!” God proclaimed breathing life into all creation How easily we forget the One who made it all “Shalom!” shouts the earth crafted from the beginning interdependent coexistence “Shalom” begs the whole creation How long will(…)

  • Leaning Into the New

    Leaning Into the New

    MSA Imaginings October 2014 We are racing toward Advent, Christmas and the New Year, leaning forward towards an exciting season with much happening but tight deadlines. Leaning Into the New Advent/Christmas Resource After months of work, Kristin King Carroccino has drawn together our new book, A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel For Advent Through Epiphany.(…)

  • An Intern’s Perspective

    An Intern’s Perspective

    – Cory Adam Baker  — “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) While gardening I often do much contemplation. I have found that some of the most profound lessons in(…)

  • Colleges Got 12 Times More Expensive in One Generation! What can we do about it?

    Colleges Got 12 Times More Expensive in One Generation! What can we do about it?

    – Tom Sine — Welcome back to school! Mother Jones Magazine has reported that college has gotten 12 times more expensive in a single generation. “It wasn’t always like this: the cost of undergraduate education is 12 times higher than it was 35 years ago, far out-pacing inflation. While the Index price of college tuition(…)

  • The Sharing Neighborhood

    The Sharing Neighborhood

    – Andy Wade – You don’t need to be an extrovert to have a sharing neighborhood, but it probably helps. For the last few years I’ve walked our dog past a beautiful plum tree. Every spring it’s filled with blossoms which turn to wonderful plums every fall. The previous owners of the house picked and(…)

  • A New Season is Upon Us

    A New Season is Upon Us

    MSA Imaginings September 2014 – Entering a New Season The seasons are changing. In Australia the wattle is in full bloom heralding the beginning of spring. Here in the Pacific NW we are busily harvesting tomatoes, apples, pears and squash. The dehydrator is working overtime and the jars of marinara and applesauce are lining up(…)

What If: a garden meditation

What If: a garden meditation

– Andy Wade — The past four years have been a transformational experience, both personally and in our garden. Below is a video reflection documenting these changes and asking the question “What if?”. Enter the journey with me and leave your insights below.   Interested in Garden Spirituality? Check out Christine’s wonderful book, To Garden(…)

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Well, That Stinks

Well, That Stinks

– Andy Wade – Well, that stinks! As we floated on our raft down the beautiful Klickitat River we were overcome by a sudden stench. What a stark contrast to the fresh air and stunning surroundings. Although my wife, Susan, and I didn’t see it, we had passed a dead deer at the edge of(…)

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2014 Celtic Retreat Photos

2014 Celtic Retreat Photos

Here’s a slide show of our 2014 Celtic Retreat Photos. Each year the program and the time together gets better and better… and this was our 23rd year! We had a wonderful time worshipping, praying, chatting, walking the labyrinth and prayer trails, painting, eating, churning butter, celebrating Eucharist together, and so much more! Be sure(…)

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Insights From The Authors of The New Parish

Insights From The Authors of The New Parish

  The following video was taken at a BBQ held at the Mustard Seed House this summer. It is a brief interview with Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen, the authors of The New Parish. It includes some beautiful stories of suggested ways to become God’s faithful presence in your neighborhood.

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Thank God For Millennials

Thank God For Millennials

– Tom Sine – I have read a number of articles in recent times that have been critical of the Millennial generation, comprised of Americans ages 18-33. This is the largest generation in American history of some 80 million people. The reason I find them so encouraging is that they are much more connected to(…)

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Where Are You in the Story of Your Neighborhood?

Where Are You in the Story of Your Neighborhood?

– Andy Wade –   Where are you in the story of your neighborhood? Whether you live in a city apartment, urban neighborhood, suburban development, or even a rural setting, this is a really important question to ask.   Last week I posted a reflection, Injustice at the Table, in which I explored the great(…)

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August MSA Imaginings

August MSA Imaginings

Moving On But Much To Do   The MSA team has just returned from our Celtic retreat on Camano Island. Attendees felt it was one of the best we have facilitated.   The weather was perfect, the potluck meals lavish, the liturgies and music rich and renewing. Walking prayer trails and the labyrinth, painting our(…)

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Injustice at the Table

Injustice at the Table

– Andy Wade – The best and brightest were invited. But one by one they made excuses for why they couldn’t come. Undaunted, the host quickly sent word into the surrounding community – all were welcome, come and dine! Was the point of this story injustice at the table? I hadn’t really read this story(…)

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Celtic Spirituality Did you ever wonder what Celtic Christian Spirituality is all about? In this brief introduction, Christine Sine gives personal reflections, prayers, litanies, and a bit of historical background.

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  • Have We Forgotten About All Saint’s Day? October 29, 2014
    November 1st is All Saints’ Day, and to be honest I almost forgot. There is so much happening at the moment that All Saints Day hardly registered for me. Which is a shame as remembering those who gone before, and those who continue to impact our lives is very important. The Episcopal Church website explains:(...)
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