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Why a rule of life you might ask?

In celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,christianity,Community,creativity,kingdom,monasticism,monastics orders,MSA,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,new monasticism,rule of life on March 12, 2008 by Eliacín

The MSA team has just been on a 2 day retreat. It was wonderful to get away to relax, refresh and to refocus our lives. The main purpose of the retreat was to brainstorm about developing an MSA rule of life. Here are some of our thoughts on where we are at in the process. I would appreciate any comments that you might have. We recognize that this will always be a rather fluid document that is still very much in its infancy so it will continue to change and develop over the next few months.

Why a rule of life you might ask? We sense that God’s spirit is currently speaking through many voices about the need for a more embodied, incarnational faith and we want to join in what God is doing. Developing a rule of life seems to be an important step in that process. According to the Northumbria Community, “a Rule of life expresses ‘who we are, this is our story’ and reminds us of those things God has put on our heart, and calls us back to the story that God has written as foundational.”

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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

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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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Another Garden Day « The Mustard Seed House (MSH)

In celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,christianity,Community,creation,environment,Family,friends,fun,gardening,hospitality,incarnational,monasticism,mustard seed house,neighborhood,new monasticism on September 1, 2007 by Eliacín

Another Garden Day « The Mustard Seed House (MSH)

Today was garden day at the Mustard Seed House – a great opportunity to enjoy each others’ company, harvest the blessing of God’s bounty as well as to start to get ready for Fall (yes it is the beginning of September). We started with a delicious breakfast of Greek omelette & peach scones and then moved on to harvest apples (about 100lb of them), tomatoes, tomatillos beans, potatoes and squash. We was amazing to see how much weeding we could do in a couple of hours. It was a fun and satisfying morning.

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Photos from the Celtic Prayer Retreat

In celtic,celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,Community,MSA,mustard seed associates,Prayer,Spirituality on August 22, 2007 by Eliacín

Photos from the Celtic Prayer Retreat


Morning Prayer

In celtic,celtic christianity,Prayer,Spirituality on June 23, 2007 by Eliacín

In the many details of this day

let me be fully alive.

In the handling of food

and the sharing of drink,

in the preparing of work

and the uttering of words,

in the meeting of friends

and the interminglings of relationships

let me be alive to each instant, O God,

let me be fully alive.


rule of life

In celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,Community,Contemplative,hospitality,incarnational,new monasticism,Personal,Spirituality on June 8, 2007 by Eliacín

as an international associate of the Northumbria Community, I try to live by this rule.

Summary of the Rule of the Northumbria Community –
A Way for Living

This is the Rule we embrace. This is the Rule we will keep: we say YES to AVAILABILITY; we say YES to VULNERABILITY.

We are called to be AVAILABLE to God and to others:

Firstly to be available to God in the cell of our own heart when we can be turned towards Him, and seek His face;
then to be available to others in a call to exercise hospitality, recognising that in welcoming others we honour and welcome the Christ Himself;
then to be available to others through participation in His care and concern for them, by praying and interceding for their situations in the power of the Holy Spirit;
then to be available for participation in mission of various kinds according to the calling and initiatives of the Spirit.

We are called to intentional, deliberate VULNERABILITY:

We embrace the vulnerability of being teachable expressed in:
a discipline of prayer;
in exposure to Scripture;
a willingness to be accountable to others in ordering our ways and our heart in order to effect change.

We embrace the responsibility of taking the heretical imperative:
by speaking out when necessary or asking awkward questions that will often upset the status quo;
by making relationships the priority, and not reputation.

We embrace the challenge to live as church without walls, living openly amongst unbelievers and other believers in a way that the life of God in ours can be seen, challenged or questioned. This will involve us building friendships outside our Christian ghettos or club-mentality, not with ulterior evangelistic motives, but because we genuinely care.


Thin Space: Learning From the Celtic Saints

In celtic,celtic christianity,celtic spirituality,christianity,church,Community,Contemplative,MSA,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,Prayer,Religion,Spirituality on June 8, 2007 by Eliacín

Thin Space:

Learning from the Celtic Saints

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Celtic Christianity has gained tremendous popularity over the last few years. People of many traditions are intrigued by the Celtic saints who led this flourishing movement from 4th through 8th centuries. They were described as God intoxicated people who lived with an intense sense of the presence of God. All of life and all of creation were embraced by the triune God whom they believed walked with them throughout life’s journey.
The invigorating prayers and traditions of this movement continue to inspire people today. Come and learn from the Celtic saints and see how this wonderful Christian tradition can enrich and empower your spiritual life. Find a new intimacy between your prayers and your everyday life as you explore the many examples of prayer that under girded the lives of these dynamic ancient followers of Jesus.