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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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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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1-2-3 Meme

In Books,catholic,celebration,christianity,lent,meme,Spirituality,tag,Thomas Merton on February 6, 2008 by Eliacín

I have been tagged for the 1-2-3 Meme by Mark at Jesusmanifesto.com. The game is to grab the book nearest to you and turn to page 123. Find the 5th sentance and share the next 3 sentances with everyone. Then you tag five people.

My sentence is from Seasons of Celebration by Thomas Merton a book I picked up this morning because of it’s brief chapter about Ash Wednesday .

Seasons of Celebration – p. 123, sentece # 5

Blessed and sanctified by the sign of the cross, the ashes become a “remedium salubre” (health-givng medicine) and they bring sanitas (wholeness,cleanness) to the body, as well as protection to the soul (animae tutelam), both of these availing for the remision of sins.

 

I tag Jason, Christine, Pat, Matt and David.

Update : Justin and Eugene were tagged first by Steve.

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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

 Read more about our dreams and vision for Mustard Seed Associates, the Mustard Seed House and the Celtic Community Project

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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The unexpected monks

In alternative,christianity,Community,monasticism,new monasticism,Religion,Revolution,Spirituality on February 3, 2008 by Eliacín

The unexpected monks – The Boston Globe
New Monasticism is part of a broader movement stirring at the margins of American evangelicalism: Evangelicals disillusioned with a church they view as captive to consumerism, sectarian theological debates, and social conservatism. Calling themselves the “emerging church” or “post-evangelicals,” these Christians represent only a small proportion of the approximate 60 million evangelical Americans. Yet their criticisms may resonate with more mainstream believers. A recent study by Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois – one of the most influential megachurches in the nation – discovered that many churchgoers felt stalled in their faith, alienated by slick, program-driven pastors who focus more on niche marketing than cultivating contemplation. The study suggested that megachurch members know how to belt out jazzy pop hymns from their stadium seats, but they dont always know how to talk to God alone.Read more…

My friend Mark Van Steenwyck is quoted in the article. Mark will be one of the conspirators at The New Conspirators: Festival of the Imagination in Seattle, later this month. Check it out.