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Blogging from The New Conspirators .2

In events,incarnational,kingdom,latino,missional,missional church,monasticism,MSA,multicultural,mustard seed associates,New Conspirators,new monasticism,Seattle,Social Justice,Spirituality,Tom Sine on February 28, 2008 by Eliacín

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I just got back home from a night full of energy and new faces. Our first session at The New Conspirators went really well.

The new sanctuary of Bethany Community Church was full. There were a wide range of ages and background. For me the age thing is very important because for a time this reimagining, and dreaming of new expressions of christianity was label as just a generational thing. But the paradigm shift is real and it is not only experienced by young people, it is been embrace by many postmoderns old and young.

I was impressed to hear how far people have come to be part of this Festival of the Imagingation. There are people from Texas, California, Michigan, Republica Dominicana, Costa Rica, Vancouver BC and New Zealand among others.

The night started with a clip from Strictly Ballroom. David Laird did a fantastic job with the montage of images from the film. The movie is about a young ballroom dancer who is want to dance his own steps and not be boxed by the old way of dancing. From the film, Tom Sine took us into a brief description of the 4 streams to be explore in during the conference. The streams are not in any way, shape or form separate, they are interconnected and in many ways interdependent. The streams we are talking about are – emerging, missional, monastic and multicultural expression of christian spirituality and church. Tom did a good job with the introduction to the conference. He can pack so much information and is so eager to share it with people, that sometime the content of his talk can be a bit overwhelming. But that didn’t happen tonight. There was some time in the evening for people to ask some questions about how to engage in creative ways to give expression to the Kingdom.

After the presentation, the rest of the presenters came up to introduce themselves and talk a bit about their workshops (or Conspiracy Sessions as we are calling it).

Christine Sine led us in a litany for peace and wholeness as we closed the official part of the event with evening prayer. Afterward people had a chance to network and connect in the Common Space.

Tonight I got to meet some friends whom I had only known thru the blogosphere. Steve Lewis who blogs at Spirit Farmer and Justin Baeder who blogs at Radical Congruency.

While on my way to find my ride, I was approached by an Episcopal Priest who is interested in the emerging church and wanted to start a conversation, sadly I didn’t had much time to talk but we will connect soon.

I’m looking forward spending time with my new found friends Roy Soto and Tomas Yaccino, 2 locos, from La Red del Camino – a network of friends and churches embodying God’s Kingdom in Latin America.

Update: You can see some photos of the event here.

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Letter from Fidel Castro to the people of Cuba

In America,America Latina,Cuba,Fidel Castro,Social Justice,socialism,solidarity on February 19, 2008 by Eliacín

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Comandante Fidel is no saint but he have been a great inspiration for many people dreaming of a new reality and the possibilities of a just society.

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To my dearest compatriots, who have recently honored me so much by electing me a member of the Parliament where so many agreements should be adopted of utmost importance to the destiny of our Revolution, I am saying that I will neither aspire to nor accept, I repeat, I will neither aspire to nor accept the positions of President of the State Council and Commander in Chief.

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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

More info here… 

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we want change

In America,America Latina,colonization,oppression,Politics,Puerto Rico,Social Justice on February 3, 2008 by Eliacín

Dear Sen. Obama,

Puerto Rico have been a colony of the USA for 110 years. 110 years! We are practically the oldest colony in the world. That’s quite shameful.

We want change. Puerto Rico want change. We have the right for self-determination. Are you going to stand up for that right, against an oppressive colonial system?

I’m listening…

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St. Martin Luther King

In abolitionist,alternative,America,christianity,education,Gospel,History,incarnational,kingdom,liberation,MLK,Politics,Race,racial relationships,racism,reconciliation,Social Justice,Spirituality,subvert,theology on January 20, 2008 by Eliacín

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Making It Real, Sojourners Magazine/January 2008

In alternative,articles,authors,celebration,christianity,church,Community,creativity,emerging church,friends,Gospel,hospitality,incarnational,kingdom,life,monasticism,mustard seed associates,mustard seed house,Religion,Social Justice,Spirituality,Tom Sine on December 13, 2007 by Eliacín

Making It Real, Sojourners Magazine/January 2008

by Tom Sine

If we are serious about finding a way to embody more authentically the aspirations and values of our faith instead of those of the culture, we need to start where many of these new conspirators do.  We need to rediscover the kingdom of God as not only a theology we affirm on Sunday but a reason to get out of bed on Monday.  This calls for new language and images to express God’s new order.  Too many of us have settled for eschatological imagery that is divorced from both the urgent issues that fill our world and the important decisions of our daily lives.  Of course many social justice Christians tease out some kingdom imagery to support their political advocacy.  But often they aren’t any better than the rest of us at embodying these images and values in their daily lives.

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