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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



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


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… 


The Revolution starts at home

In altermundismo,alternative,anarchism,anti-globalization,Children,christianity,church,Community,consumerism,creation,creativity,diversity,eco,economy,education,Emerging,emerging church,Emerging World,environment,events,Family,friends,gardening,global christianity,Green,horizontalism,hospitality,incarnational,kids,kingdom,liberation,MSA,mustard seed house,new monasticism,parenting,Politics,reconciliation,relationships,Revolution,Seattle on January 5, 2008 by Eliacín


The Revolution starts at home is the title for the workshop my family will be facilitating at The New Conspirators conference, or better yet Festival of the Imagination. Our purpose will be to share a bit of how do we embodied the revolutionary and radical teachings of Jesus in our everyday life at home.  More than been talking heads to the participants, we will engage in mutual invitation for collaboration and creative dreaming on how we become practitioners of Kingdom values as a family.One of the situations I find interesting is how detached we can become from been faithful disciples among those we live with.  As a former missionary and someone who’ve worked with churches and other religious hobby-horses I’ve encounter that in spite of our outward expression of spirituality and piety we can be violent and oppressive in our homes.Because this topic is so broad, we are having bit of difficulty prioritizing out topics for conversation and discussion. Some of them are:

  • Undermining oppression at home (Sexism, racism, patriarchy)
  • Decoding cultural message at home (the power of media, myth of the perfect wife and perfect husband)
  • Living simply with kids
  • Family as part of intentional communities
  • Beyond the nuclear family
  • unschooling (not only the kids, but the whole family)
  • Green living as a family
  • Sustainable faith
  • Home education revisited
  • Anti-authoritarian home

This list can go on forever. We would like to know if you have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts, questions et cetera.  


The New Conspirators – a more complete profile

In alternative,Art,christianity,Community,diversity,Emergent,Emerging,emerging church,friends,global christianity,Gospel,Green,incarnational,kingdom,life,monasticism,MSA,multicultural,mustard seed associates,new monasticism,Religion,Seattle,solidarity,Spirituality,worship on November 29, 2007 by Eliacín


The New Conspirators…What in the World is God Doing?

What in the world is God doing? God is conspiring through a new generation to re-imagine and create new expressions of discipleship, community, church and mission to make a little difference in our rapidly changing world. While God is indeed conspiring through a new generation this gathering is an invitation for those from all generations to become much more a part of God’s conspiracy of compassion and creativity.

We are racing into an increasingly uncertain global future in which we in the middle class, our poorest neighbors and our planet will face daunting new challenges. In this festival of imagination we will invite you to create innovative ways to engage these challenges that reflect something of God’s new order….with the new conspirators.

Join us for this festival of imagination and spend time with those on the innovative edge creating new forms of life, church, mission and celebration. We will bring together leaders from the emerging, missional, multicultural and monastic streams to explore new models, discuss tough questions and create new ways we can be a difference and make difference in our own congregations, communities and God’s world. Preview what God is doing through these four streams at:

As far as we know this is the first time that such a broad range of new conspirators including those from these four streams have come together to communicate, connect and create with one another and with the friends who join us.

We have three very clear goals for this festival of imagination to communicate, connect and create:

1. to communicate creative new models of what is happening through the new conspirators to address the new challenges;

2. to connect leaders from all four streams with one another and all the rest of us to share our lives, stories and concerns;

3. to create new ways to advance God’s new order in our world in our lives, churches and in response to the growing challenges facing the poor and the planet.

The intent of this festival of imagination is to learn from what God is doing and join a new generation by imaging ways God can more fully use our mustard seeds to make a difference in changing times.

This event is sponsored by Mustard Seed Associates. Our partners include: The Emergent Village, Mars Hill Graduate School, Hot House and Trinity Lutheran Church. Course credit is available through George Fox Seminary and Northwest University.

What in the world is God doing? Join us at Bethany Community Church in Seattle February 28, 29 and March 1, 2008 and find out. REGISTER online at

Join us in imagining new ways to give expression to God’s kingdom in a changing world… Come:

· Experience the creativity of Shane Claiborne and his companions at the Simple Way as they help their Philly community rebuild after a destructive fire…author of The Irresistible Revolution & Jesus for President

· Join Karen Ward and her friends as they celebrate their faith in the Fremont Abbey here in Seattle

· Learn how Efrem Smith’s multicultural congregation, Sanctuary Covenant, is making a difference in Minneapolis… co-author of The Hip Hop Church

· Join Mark Scandrette in re-imagining what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in San Francisco… author of Soul Grafitti

· Discover with Julie Clawson how God is raising up emerging women to re-invent the church

· Celebrate with Tomas Yaccino what God is doing through a new generation of missional leaders in Latin America

· Learn how to create more missional churches with Tim Morey from Life Covenant in Torrance California

· Imagine with Mark Pierson from New Zealand how to create ancient/future forms of celebrations and worship for both traditional churches and new expressions… co-author of The Prodigal Project

· Imagine new forms of social entrepreneurship like Pura Vida Coffee with Devin Erhardt

· Meet with Dwight Friesen, from Mars Hill Graduate School, those who are fashioning emerging expressions of the church

· Travel with Romanita Harriston, from World Vision, to visit urban churches that are finding a way to make a difference in tough places

· Join Mark Van Steenwyck in creating a monastic community of Jesus Radicals in Minneapolis

· Learn with pastor Eugene Cho about the flourishing of Quest here in Seattle

· Discover with Andrew McLoud how to create economic coops in uncertain times

· Explore with Lisa Domke how to make choices as we race into the 2008 US presidential election

· Learn with Eileen Hansen how to grow new mustard expressions in a traditional Church

· Learn how to find resources to fund creative new ventures with Tom Balke

· Imagine how to be friars in the 21st century with Mike Morris from Britain

· Create spiritual practices for those in emerging and traditional churches with Bruce Bishop

· Imagine with Melanie and Jonathan Neufeld innovative ways churches can provide leadership in urban transformation

· Join Ricci and Eliacin Rosario in discovering the revolution begins at home

· Discover with Christine Sine how to create a liturgy of life… author of GodSpace and Living On Purpose

· Imagine with Tom Sine how to create missional whole life faith and whole life communities for uncertain times…The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time

Join new friends at this festival imagination to communicate, connect and create to what God is doing through this quiet conspiracy. REGISTER TODAY!!! LIMITED SPACE


Global poverty prayer week

In campaign,christianity,Community,global christianity,kingdom,poverty,Prayer on November 8, 2007 by Eliacín

Global poverty prayer week
Global poverty prayer week (12-18 Nov)

Tearfund’s Global poverty prayer week (12-18 November 2007) pulls together thousands of Christians hungry to hear God and keen to be part of a miracle.

We’ve created a special, free DVD for you to use with your church during the prayer week – click here to order, or here to watch online and download.

We’ve developed three ways your church can make prayer prominent during the prayer week:

* Organise a 24-7 prayer event for your church (register now)
* Put on a prayer meal, inviting community leaders and church members
* Book a prayer focus slot in your Sunday service


“Greenbelt” like Festival Survey

In alternative,America,Art,celebration,christianity,church,Community,Contemplative,cooperatives,creation,creativity,diversity,eco,economy,education,Emergent,Emerging,emerging church,Emerging World,environment,events,friends,fun,gender inclusive,global christianity,globalization,Gospel,hospitality,incarnational,inclusivity,kingdom,life,missional church,missions,monasticism,multicultural,Music,realationships,Spirituality on October 24, 2007 by Eliacín

Some of you are aware of the fantastic Greenbelt Festival in the UK. For the past months I’ve been part of the planning for something similar here in North America. A group of us have put together a survey in a way to listen to wider range of important diverse voices as we continue with the phase 2 of this project.The following is a short description and a link to the survey. It will only take you 10-15 min. Your input is very valuable. Survey Link 

The festival may feature:

Art & Creativitylots of good music, visual arts, dance, participatory

Justice & Missiongreen, organic, immigration, poverty, peace, race, etc.

Worshipnew & emerging, denominational, and festival-wide services

Spiritualitycentering practices and disciplines that deepen spiritual life

Communityall ages, kids & families, safe spaces, economy of generosity

Learningteaching each other how-to, workshops, theology, learning commons

—We’re putting together a festival that’ s unique, real, transformative and fun! We would really like your opinions as we take the next step in creating the festival. The festival was created by a diverse design team – half people of color, half white, half women, half men from all across North America.

Check it out! The festival is your adventure – you write the script, you decide how you want to participate and contribute. Curious about music that connects your creative energies and yearnings for spiritual connection? We hope to have bands like… Sufjan Stevens, Derek Webb, Jennifer Knapp, Briertone, Starflyer 59, Woven Hand, Jeremy Enigk, Ulali, Janni, Harvard University Kuumba Singers (Gospel), Lakita, Jars of Clay, Moby, and Tye Tribbett.

Our hope is that the festival will have an impact on North American culture – a gathering so different that it makes a whole new something available in North America. It will bring together a unique and diverse mix of people, offer something that is transformative for individuals, help people explore living out their spirituality or faith in the world – through social activism and green living – and help make fresh expressions of Christianity available to a broader range of people. Social justice and high quality music will be at the core – music for a variety of audiences. We’re expecting that one-third to one-half of the participants will be people of color, half in their 20’s, one-fourth in their 30’s, one-fifth “spiritual but not religious” and folks from a wide variety of Christian faiths and other traditions.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your opinions are really important to us!

Just click on the survey link – Survey Link 


the monastic orders of the white men

In altermundismo,alternative,America,christianity,church,diversity,Emergent,emerging church,Emerging World,gender inclusive,global christianity,horizontalism,inclusivity,kingdom,language,missional church,missional monastic orders,monasticism,monastics orders,multi-cultural,north american christianity,Privilege,racial relationships,reconciliation,relationships,Religion,Social Justice,solidarity,Spirituality,white privilege on October 19, 2007 by Eliacín

As Andrew Jones mentioned on one of his recent posts on his blog, us here in the Mustard Seed House are in conversations about monastic orders and what/how that would look in our urban context here in Seattle and on what will be in the future a Celtic flavored new monastic retreat/intentional rural community in Camano Island, WA.

My involvement and interest on monastic orders comes from a practitioners point of view, as someone who’ve been involve in different ways community living most of his life. This conversation about “new, missional” monastic orders is not new. A simple google search will provide plentiful of links regarding the subject. What is interesting to me is that it is happening mostly among white, middle age men.

In case some of you might have not notice, our Emerging World is multi-cultural. By retaining the euro-centric, enlightenment view of privilege discourse western Christians show not only their disconnection with reality but also their blindness and arrogance toward a fully expression of the Communitas of God.

If we really believe in a movement toward a whole life expression of discipleship and faith, we should embrace the gifts of diverse voices and praxis coming from many worlds and cultures, as the Zapatistas say “a world where many worlds are possible.”
The rumble of the drums and the joyful voices of our brothers and sisters from the Emerging World are getting louder and louder each minute. With all due respect, dear brothers and sisters from the west and north, you’ve been speaking for quite awhile. Now it is your time to show some humility and listen.