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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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Friendship trips vs. mission trips

In America Latina,christianity,colonization,Community,consumerism,Emerging,friendship,global christianity,missions,pilgrimage,Praxis,red del camino,relationships on March 12, 2008 by Eliacín

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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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Blogging from the New Conspirators .3

In authors,christianity,colonization,Community,creativity,emerging church,Emerging World,Food and Drink,friends,horizontalism,hospitality,incarnational,latino,Latino America,missional,MSA,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,Submergent,The New Conspirators,Washington,Weblogs on February 29, 2008 by Eliacín

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The day was started by a contemplative and challenging morning prayers lead by Mark Pierson, with the theme of Conspiring in the City.

The first part of the day was divided between a short interview, Conspiracy Session 1 and a short panel discussion. In the morning Tom Sine interviewed Mark Scandrette, Tomas Yaccino, Kathy Escobar and Tim Morey. Each share some about their communities and experience. Kathy shared a bit of the horizontal structure of her church – The Refuge. She explained how the faith community is intentionally set up to be horizontal in which every person have a voice. One of the questions to her from one of the other participats was, how do you then keep orthodoxy in a place where everyone can speak with the same authority. Kathy gave a very good answer – if orthodoxy is about right teaching and if  people experience Jesus is different ways, then there are different orthodoxies (at least that was my take on it). Mark shared about the way of living him and his wife Lisa have been practicing for the last 17 years. He shared how the Jesus Dojo, came a some sort of experimental school to learn the way of Jesus, but not in your traditional way, but in an incarnational way in their local community. Thomas shared about churches in the Dominican Republic in which members do not wait for the church to give the stamp of approval or to have lots of money and resources to start meeting the needs of others. Because the context of those churches is relational and communal, the problems of the community are the problems of the church, and it is there resposibility to meet needs and bring restoration.  Tim gave us a brief profile of his church as a church of small groups in which 80 % of the people are involve in ministry in their community with a 1/3 of the budget going outside building for ministry in the community.

Roy Soto from La Red del Camino is here beside me skyping his wife in Costa Rica. The man is crazy and I’m loving hanging out with him and Tomas Yaccino. It was a must for me to participate in their workshop about missional church in Latin America. As a frustrated church planter in Puerto Rico, I wished I’ve known of the network earlier. Their approach to the mission of the church is about justice, restoration, love in the context of the local neighborhood and barrios. Because of the cultural and political history of colonialism in Latin America, christians are used to a very patriarchal and imperial model of church. La Red is challenging that paradigm with a horizontal and relational one.

During lunch I joined part of the Submergent conversation. The group is exploring the emerging church conversation in the context of non-violence and peace in the anabaptist tradition.

In the afternoon Ricci and I lead our creative session about radical living in the heart of the home. The conversation went well, people got the chance to create new rhythms and celebrations for the family.

It is 4:32 p.m. and most of the people are exploring the city – the group self-organized into 4 groups to visit 4 different neighborhood in Seattle. They will be engaging with the people of those neighbors and exploring what it means to conspire in the city.

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In the afternoon I had a blast with Roy and Tomas – again the locos from La Red del Camino . Roy was in the mood to eat rice and beans and meat, so I took them to La Casa del Mojito. The guys there are just amazing. The place is small, the salsa and merengue music was blasting and they really know how to make you feel welcome. After a delicious meal and a couple mojitos, we were given a a flan on the house. After a couple bites, Roy asked for another one which was given to us on the house. And then before we left our friend at the restaurant once again came with a small box with yet another flan for Roy.

In the evening Shane Claiborne shared stories about Philadelphia. Christine then led us in evening prayers.

Now I am at home sharing some of our Mustard Seed House homebrew with Mark Pierson and Mark Van Steenwyk. Just unwiding before heading out to bed.

There are another folks blogging, doing a great job reporting from the conference, check them out.

Mark Van Steenwyk

Steve Lewis

Jonathan Brink

Also check out the photos from the conference at Flickr.

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Festival of the Imagination

In blogs,Community,events,friends,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,New Conspirators,new monasticism,relationships,resistance,Revolution,Seattle,Submergent,subvert,Weblogs on February 27, 2008 by Eliacín

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Tomorrow starts The New Conspirators Festival. I will be blogging with updates and reports from it. So stay tuned.

My wife and I will also be leading a Conspiracy Session about the revolution starting at home in the context of community.

Our friend Mark Pierson is already here (actually sitting across from me in our living room, working on his Mac). Another Mark, my christian anarchist friend, Mark Van Steenwyk will be arriving today in time for community dinner at the Mustard Seed House. Mark is already blogging about the conference, even though it hasn’t technically started yet. Our hospitality room is already full, so we are getting the couch ready for Shane Claiborne.

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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.