Innovative Edge – Millennial Generation

Innovative Edge - Millennial Generation

In this second episode of "News from the innovative edge", Tom and Jon explore the millennial generation. Be sure to catch Jon's post below the video. A Generation of Hope, Hopefully - Jon Plummer - A core piece of my internship lately has been researching the characteristics of the millennial generation (22-33 years old). It has been an interesting exploration since ...

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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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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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Reprise – I Am But a Worm – part 2

March 28, 2014
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– by Andy Wade — In my last post I mentioned the amazing restorative possibilities of the lowly worm. There is a Worm Theology that is quite old. In the presence of God, I am nothing but a worm. There’s been a diversity of thought about how this plays out, from “ pity-poor me” to “without […]

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Reprise – I Am But a Worm – Part 1

March 26, 2014
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– by Andy Wade – (this post first appeared in January, 2013) What a lowly and despised animal, the worm. Oh that I could live into it’s virtues! You might guess that I’m thinking about the garden again, and why not? It’s a sunny mid-January day and I’m looking out over my frozen garden. What […]

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The Inclusive Front Yard

March 24, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Some of you have been following the developments in our family’s backyard garden. Transforming our backyard from grass to sanctuary has enriched our table as well as our souls. It’s a place of quiet, of reflection, of prayer, and where God can teach us about the intricate patterns and relationships in […]

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Reimagining Lent

March 18, 2014
Reimagining Lent

– Andy Wade – Lent is often thought of as a dark, introspective season. Voluntarily I give up, for a season, some part of my life to help me focus on “the journey”. Perhaps it’s chocolate, or coffee, or Facebook, or dining out. Multiple Lenten seasons I’ve participated in this way… and it’s been helpful. […]

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The Messiness of Imagination

March 14, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Yes, that’s a picture of my desk. If you read my last post about the mess in my garage you might be expecting a similar article here. But you won’t find it! The mess on my desk is quite different from the mess in my garage and that’s a good thing. […]

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Hope Is in the Air – MSA Imaginings

March 12, 2014
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Last week we celebrated Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. For many it is a time to give up chocolate, T.V. or social media. However as I commented in my Ash Wednesday post, Lent is not really about sacrifice and deprivation, it is about freedom and transformation. It is a time to acknowledge the […]

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Opening the Door

March 8, 2014
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– Andy Wade – I try to keep this side of my life hidden. I’m not sure what it says about me and, quite honestly, I don’t really want to know. And yet Lent is a time of exposure. As I open the garage door of my soul, I peer inside, immediately confronted with a […]

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The Art of Healthcare

February 26, 2014
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– Andy Wade – Christine put me on to this news piece (below) about how art is being used creatively as a means of barter for healthcare. Both my children have spent multiple hours in hospitals for various surgeries and I have to say, the artistic creativity in the hallways and waiting rooms was often […]

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We’re Ready For Lent – Are You?

February 25, 2014
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– Christine Sine – Recently I discovered the Japanese art of Kintsugi in which ceramics are mended with resin infused with gold powder. The repair highlights the brokenness, creating a transformed item of great beauty. It reminded me of the transformation God wants to accomplish as we journey with Christ towards the Cross. The beauty […]

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