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A New Season is Upon Us

A New Season is Upon Us 0

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(…)

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2014 Celtic Retreat Photos

2014 Celtic Retreat Photos 0

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 0

  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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Are you willing to help Millennials overcome daunting challenges so they can become changemakers?

Are you willing to help Millennials overcome daunting challenges so they can become changemakers? 0

– Tom Sine — Last week I invited you to join me in giving thanks for the Millennial generation. The reason I invited you to join me in giving thanks is because a larger share of this generation of 80 million young people ages 18 to 33 want to use their lives to be changemakers.(…)

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August MSA Imaginings

August MSA Imaginings 0

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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MSA Is A Happening Place

MSA Is A Happening Place 0

MSA Is A Happening Place This morning I sat at my desk reflecting on a collage sent by a person who just finished reading Return to Our Senses. It includes the words, “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the sight”. I feel that these are prophetic words for us in MSA. This is(…)

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Wanted: Spiritually Fulfilling Lifestyle to Suit Idealistic Millennial

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– Hailey Joy Scandrette — Last week my dad and I travelled to North Carolina to attend the yearly Wild Goose festival. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Wild Goose is a four-day event based in Christian spirituality, but with a focus on social justice, art and intentional practice. To quote the website: We(…)

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The Backyard Metaphor for Life

The Backyard Metaphor for Life 0

– Andy Wade – The backyard is really a living metaphor for life. A quick look yields some obvious points: You reap what you sow. Some things simply can’t be rushed. Planning and preparation yield the greatest results. There will always be pests. Many of the things you thought were pests actually have an important(…)

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Entertaining Angels Unaware

Entertaining Angels Unaware 0

I met Stefan at an evening we hosted in collaboration with The Overflow Project at the beginning of the year. He was looking for work, and we soon had him mowing lawns, weeding gardens and transforming a neglected space into a beautiful sacred space to sit and contemplate. I am looking forward to facilitating my(…)

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A Millennial Talks About Millennials

A Millennial Talks About Millennials 0

– Jon Plummer — Jon Plummer, a graduate student at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, profiles the millennial generation at a conversation on challenges facing the millennial generation in the future. Jon is a current student at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and will be graduating in June 2014 with a Masters(…)

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