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How to Do It Yourself :: The DIY Liberation Guide

In altermundismo,alternative,Art,creativity,DIY,liberation,subvert on March 12, 2008 by Eliacín

How to Do It Yourself :: The DIY Liberation Guide
Walk out, get free stuff, toss a flower bomb. Simple steps for day-to-day liberation. Go ahead: free your world.

Believe me, you want to download this poster.

The DIY Liberation Guide

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The Breviary

In alternative,anabaptist,Books,Community,Contemplative,Emerging,emerging church,friends,graffitti,hospitality,incarnational,missio-dei,monasticism,new monasticism,Praxis,Prayer,Submergent on March 5, 2008 by Eliacín

Knowing personally how hard is for those involve in creative ministry to raise support and be able to pay the bills I am very grateful for Mark’s generosity in giving me a copy of the Missio Dei Breviary.

This prayer book is one of the ways in which Missio Dei support themselves to provide hospitality and work in their neighborhood. The design of the book is awesome and the prayers are meaningful. This book is well crafted with the heart of the community in mind, a good alternative to the many mass publications produced with the sole intent on making the big bucks.

If you are looking for a way to support a creative, grassroot and incarnational ministry – I strongly encourage you to support Missio Dei by buying not one, but many copies of the breviary. Read more and buy it here.

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an experiment in truth

In alternative,anabaptist,celebration,Community,consumption,economy,generosity,Praxis,Submergent,subvert on February 22, 2008 by Eliacín

An Economy Stimulating Giving Spree! : Jesus Manifesto

Come May, most of us tax paying citizens will be receiving a check in the mail. Now, regardless of whether you agree with capitalism, our government, or the Economic Stimulus package, the fact remains that you’ll be getting a check either way. Now, the question becomes how to spend it.It’s true, once you get the check, it’s your money to do what you’d like with it, but the intent is that you spend it on consumer goods, thus stimulating the economy. You might just save it away for a rainy day or use it to pay off some debt, but I’d like to recommend another idea: A Giving Spree.

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Anglican & Anabaptist

In alternative,anabaptist,anglican communion,anglicanism,christianity,church,Community,Emergent,Emerging,emerging church,episcopal church,Eucharist,Praxis,Sacrament,Social Justice,solidarity,Spirituality,Submergent on February 18, 2008 by Eliacín

I live in the beautiful tension of being an anglican & anabaptist.

In the Anglican (Episcopal Church) I encounter a spirituality that is bigger than myself. As an anglican I practice my spirituality in community, therefore is not just my spirituality but I join the spirituality of those who gather around the Lord’s Table. In the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist I encounter the beauty, mystery and otherness of God.

In the Anabaptist praxis/ethos I encounter the counter-cultural lifestyle of Jesus followers. As an anabaptist I join the prophetic voice of those against the Empire. The anabaptist have taught me to be faithful to the Kingdom in the times when religion is just another commodity in the global market.

This is why in the recent months I find myself an active member of two groups with lots of potential for change and hopeful imagination – Anglimergent and Submergent.

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Anglimergent is a generous and generative friendship among diverse Anglicans, engaging emerging church and mission.

Our aim to become and remain friends, and in so doing to incarnate a deeply Anglican ecclesiology (way of being church) which is ‘in sync’ with the perichoretic (relational) nature of God and kenetic (self emptying) Way of Jesus, and working in common cause on the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Consultative Council, and seated on a ‘three legged stool’ of: ‘reconciliation, justice and mission’.

We are appreciative of the rich and deep heritage of our Anglican way of being Christian, and how Anglicanism (when released from modern strictures) is deeply resonate with the hungers people have for authentic community, intellectual honesty, deep tradition, ancient-future spiritual practice and servanthood in the way of Jesus. As the original ‘third way‘ (via media) within Christianity, and as a diverse, multi-cultural and global communion, Anglicanism is uniquely poised to engage the imaginations of spiritual seekers in today’s world.

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Submergent wants to re-baptize the Christian imagination. For two thousand years, we have drifted from our prophetic impulse. When Jesus began his movement 2000 years ago, he called his followers to a radical way of peace…a way of loving enemies…a way of embracing the outsider…a way of forgiveness and transformation and reconciliation.

Too often, however, we’ve turned Christianity into a way of reinforcing the status quo…a way of control…a way of self-righteousness. We’ve left the shadow of the Empire and seated ourselves on its throne.

The name “submergent” reflects the essence of two movements–one that is 500 years old and one that is only just emerging. These movements (the Anabaptist movement and the emerging church movement) both seek a way of faithfulness in the empire. They both yearn for a faith that reflects the vitally prophetic impulse that sparked Christianity 2000 years ago.

1. Submergent will be at the New Conspirators Conference in Seattle at the end of this month and intend on hosting a lunch “table talk” for those interested in Submergent. We will be introducing ourselves, discussing what the emerging church and anabaptist tradition needs from each other, and dreaming and scheming about the future of Submergent.

2. On May 9-10 Submergent will be co-sponsoring Brian McLaren’s “Everything Must Change” book tour stop at Goshen College.

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The New Conspirators – hot off the press!

In alternative,Books,christianity,church,Community,creativity,diversity,economy,Emerging,emerging church,Emerging World,environment,global christianity,incarnational,kingdom,missional church,monasticism,multicultural,mustard seed associates,new monasticism,Social Justice,Spirituality,Tom Sine on February 14, 2008 by Eliacín

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The New Conspirators

Book by Tom Sine

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed,” Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, “nothing will be impossible for you.”

That sounds good, but does it work in a world where seeds are genetically altered by an impatient few and hard to come by for countless others? In a world where the gulf between the very rich and the profoundly poor is constantly growing, can a mustard-seed faith make any difference? And can such a little bit of faith be sustained in a world whose future is so
uncertain on so many fronts?

Tom Sine says yes, and he has the audacity to try to prove it in his latest book. In The New Conspirators Tom surveys the landscape of creative Christianity, where streams of renewal are flowing freely from diverse sources:

The emerging church
Contemporary monastic movements
The missional church
The mosaic movement

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Monks, Community & Rule of Life

In alternative,celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,christianity,Christine Sine,Community,Contemplative,creation,creativity,diversity,eco,education,emerging church,Emerging World,environment,Family,horizontalism,hospitality,incarnational,kingdom,liberation,missional monastic orders,monasticism,monastics orders,MSA,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,new monasticism,reconciliation,relationships,slowdown,solidarity,Spirituality on February 5, 2008 by Eliacín

 Read more about our dreams and vision for Mustard Seed Associates, the Mustard Seed House and the Celtic Community Project

Monks, Community & Rule of Life « Godspace

Yesterday the Boston Globe printed a great article The Unexpected Monks, on the move towards monasticism by many evangelicals. It is something that resonates very deeply with me personally as well as with all of us at MSA. In fact we are in the process of reimagining MSA as a network of communities with a common rule of life. We believe that God calls all of us to embody an incarnational faith in all aspects of our lives but we all need spiritual disciplines that enable us to live that out.

After the New Conspirators conference we plan to spend a extended time fleshing out what our rule of life should look like. Below is an outline I wrote for our Board meeting last Saturday that outlines some of our reasoning on Why Community? Even though we have been working on this for years we feel we are still very much in the early stages and would appreciate your prayers and comments as we move forward. Tomorrow I will post some thoughts on Why a Rule of Life? Lent – the season for reflection and self examination seems a good time to grapple with these issues.

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What chores would Jesus Do?

In altermundismo,alternative,christianity,Community,creativity,Family,hospitality,incarnational,kingdom,monasticism,monastics orders,new monasticism,Spirituality,subvert on February 5, 2008 by Eliacín

What chores would Jesus do? – Los Angeles Times
Some monastic communities pool their resources and renounce private property. The Billings friends chose to control their own finances, though they shared equally in rent, utility and grocery bills. They all said they wanted to consume less, spend less, so they could give away more. Yet they found it unexpectedly hard to give up little comforts.Each family had come to the house with a refrigerator, so they now had two. They sat on a leather couch to watch Bible study videos — and Jennifer Aniston comedies. Their pantry was filled with bulk beans, but they splurged on kiwi fruit, reduced-fat Cheez-Its, mint-chip ice cream.

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I met Jeromy last year at one the School For Conversions hosted at The Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco. On the last night in San Francisco, Jeromy, myself and a few other new monastics walked around the Mission District sharing our dreams about our communities. I’m glad his dream is alive and sustained by the Spirit.