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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(…)

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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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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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Slow News, Part Two

Slow News, Part Two

We had the joy of hosting Chris Smith and John Pattison at Mustard Seed House as they shared their journey into Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. This is part two of Tom’s interview following the gathering. John Pattison and Chris Smith co-authored Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way(…)

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Reach for the Sky!

Reach for the Sky!

– Andy Wade — By now we’re all well aware of the of the continuing trend toward urbanization. A projected 80% of the world’s population may be living in cities by the year 2050. As the world’s major urban centers bulge, new challenges arise for the millions living in them. One of the bigger challenges(…)

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India’s Garden Game Changer

India’s Garden Game Changer

– Andy Wade — Cities all over the world are growing, and with this growth comes a multitude of challenges. Today India is facing the most rapid increase of urbanization in its history. Facing dangerously declining water levels, increased heat, and vegetables tainted by bacteria and industrial run-off, Prateek Tawari came up with a way(…)

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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(…)

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The Art of Healthcare

The Art of Healthcare

– 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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Sharing Economy – redeux

Sharing Economy – redeux

– by Andy Wade – Originally posted in May, 2011 This past week, Christine wrote two posts on her blog, Godspace, about collaborative consumption and the new shared economy. These are great (and challenging) posts worthy of a read. I’m challenged by the fact that the world seems ahead of much of the church in(…)

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Free!

Free!

– Tom Sine — How can you be “free” to use your money and time on what matters most? Mark Scandrette can help you answer that question in his new book Free: Spending Your time and Money on What Matters Most. Mark is one of the most poetic and prophetic young leaders I know. And(…)

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