Practicing Our Values

5 02 2008

by Christine Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

“One of the greatest challenges we always face as we start to plan a conference is how to convey the kingdom values that are central to who we are at Mustard Seed Associates. I teach a class on urban ministry and cross-cultural adaptation, and one of the questions I like to ask is: ‘What will the culture of the kingdom of God look like?’ Most of us have no idea. I believe that God’s love and compassion, justice for the poor, concern for those at the margins, freedom from oppression and good stewardship of God’s creation will be at the center of God’s kingdom. Many people will probably get a shock when they enter the kingdom because it will be a real cross-cultural experience for them.

“It is the vision of this ‘shalom kingdom’ that is at the center of all we are and do at Mustard Seed Associates, in which God’s eternal family from every tribe and nation–rich and poor, young and old–live together in the midst of a restored creation in harmony, mutual care and peace, not just with God but will all who are part of God’s international community.”

Read more about how we hope to practice our values at the conference here.

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Liturgy: The Breviary–Week 1, Tuesday Evening

5 02 2008

from Missio Dei, www.thebreviary.com

The Breviary logo

Call to Praise
After a time of reflective silence, proclaim:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

Psalm 15
A psalm of David.
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
Those whose walk is blameless,
who do what is righteous,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
who have no slander on their tongues,
who do their neighbors no wrong,
who cast no slur on others;
who despise those whose ways are vile
but honor whoever fears the LORD;
who keep their oaths even when it hurts;
who lend money to the poor without interest
and do not accept bribes against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

To read the whole Tuesday Evening liturgy, click here.
For information on The Breviary from Missio Dei, click here.





Seed Share: The House–A New Hybrid in Seattle

5 02 2008
by Eric Likkel, Northwest Hot HouseThe House First Steps

“Churches come in all shapes and sizes. In the emerging stream of church planting, groups intentionally shape themselves for the place and people of their call.

“In some ways, it is like choosing the best vehicle for the journey. To reach some destinations, you fly in a large airplane. Other places are best reached on a bicycle. Most of us value the variety of vehicles available to us, and we do not imagine constructing future travel by always choosing a bicycle over an airplane, or vice versa. In fact, not only will we embrace different kinds of vehicles at different times, we are excited by the advancement of hybrids! Likewise, in reaching out to people, neighborhoods, and cities, we welcome a varity of vehicles and approaches in ministry, including hybrids. We recognize how ‘necessity is the mother [and God is the Father] of invention.’ You might say this is one of the driving impulses of the fresh expressions of church today.”

Click here to read more about The House, a hybrid congregation engaged in the Wedgewood and Ravenna neighborhoods of Seattle.





Recordings From Our Last Conference

5 02 2008

At our last conference, we recorded some of the speakers at workshop sessions. They are available for purchase at lulu.com if you want to refresh your memory or learn what you would be getting into by attending The New Conspirators: What in the World Is God Doing?

Available recordings:

  1. “What’s In Your Wallet? Economic Policy and Poverty in America,” by Romanita and Tali Hairston
  2. “Irresistible Revolution,” by Shane Claiborne
  3. “How did an instrument of torture wind up in Madonna’s cleavage?” by Mark Pierson
  4. “REMix: Igniting Missional Discipleship Pods in British Columbia,” by Mark Anderson
  5. “Godspace: Restoring the Rhythm of Life,” by Christine Sine
  6. “Beyond the Red and Blue Pill: New Forms of Spirituality For a Postmodern World,” by Gary Heard
  7. “Reading the Bible With the Damned,” by Bob Eckblad
  8. “Taking Creation Care Seriously,” by Peter Illyn






The Books, Blogs and Websites of Our Speakers

5 02 2008

Books

  • Shane Claiborne, The Irresistable Revolution: Living As an Ordinary Radical (Zondervan, 2006).
  • Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw and friends, Jesus For President: Politics For Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan, 2008).
  • Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson, The Hip Hop Church (Intervarsity, 2006).
  • Mike Riddell, Mark Pierson and Cathy Kirkpatrick, The Prodigal Project: Journey Into the Emerging Church (SPCK, 2001).
  • Mark Scandrette, Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass. 2007).
  • Mark Van Steenwyk ed., The Missio Dei Breviary (Missio Dei, 2007).
  • Lon Fendell, Jan Wood and Bruce Bishop, Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making (Barclay Press, 2007).
  • Tom Sine, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time (Intervarsity, 2008).
  • Christine Sine, Godspace: Time For Peace in the Rhythms of Life (Barclay Press, 2006).
  • Christine and Tom Sine, Living On Purpose: Finding God’s Best For Your Life (Baker Books, 2002).
  • David T. Olson, The American Church in Crisis (Zondervan, 2008).

Blogs

Websites

Articles

  • Erik Lacitis, “Homelessness up in yearly count,” Seattle Times (Jan. 26, 2008), accessed January 30, 2008, here.




The New Conspirators: The Broken Among the Broken

2 01 2008

by Christopher L. Heuertz, Word Made Flesh

Remember Grave“Our community lives amond the dying. Though we are young people, it routinely seems we go to more funerals than weddings, visit more gravesites than delivery rooms. It it not uncommon for our friends to fall because of AIDS, police violence, street fights or domestic abuse. We live in a world that cries out for justice–a world that needs God’s Kingdom to come.

“The brokenness of the world has been an invitation not only to face, but to tend, the wounds in God’s heart. In the face of injustice, oppression and human suffering, we have found a fight to break up–the fight to discredit the integrity of God’s character. This commitment to embody the goodness of God’s nature has been an invitation into community–a community of broken people called and committed to a discovery of Christ among the poor.”

To read the whole article, click here.





The New Conspirators: Resources

2 01 2008


* Tom’s “Monastic” Book List, click here to download
* Word Made Flesh, www.wordmadeflesh.com
* New Monasticism/Schools for Conversion, www.newmonasticism.org
* InnerCHANGE Ministries, www.innerchange.org
* The Simple Way community, www.thesimpleway.org
* Third Order of the Franciscans, www.tssf.org
* Order of the Mustard Seed, www.mustardseedorder.com
* Order of Mission, www.missionorder.org
* Servant Partners, www.servantpartners.org
* Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor, www.servantsasia.org
* Urban Neighbors of Hope (UNOH), www.unoh.org