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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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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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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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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

More info here… 

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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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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.

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living the revolution

In alternative,creativity,liberation,Quote,Revolution,Submergent,subvert on February 2, 2008 by Eliacín

Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society that you wanted.

How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now

– Paul Goodman