September starts in just a few days. Our new theme will be: The Prayerful Imagination:
Praying Creatively for a More Meaningful Connection with God and Others
Andy Wade – Lectio Tierra. My ears perked up as Pat spoke these words. I know Lectio Divina, but what was this Lectio Tierra he spoke of? In his introduction to “Celtic Spirituality and the Land” at our Celtic Prayer Retreat last weekend, Pat Loughery introduced us to this idea. Basically it’s taking the practice […]
by Christine Sine Tom and I are currently on vacation on Mayne Island British Columbia. One of my favourite activities is wandering the beach looking for rocks, shells sea glass and other things of interest. This week as I wandered I photographed a leaf that had just fallen from the tree. I picked up sea […]
by Mtende Mughogho — It is our delight to welcome Mtende Mughogho to the Godspace writing community. She was born in Malawi but now lives in South Africa. I love this beautiful poem she has written inspired by the song Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin. We look forward to sharing more of her poetry with you.
by Christine Sine One of my favourite songs from our recent Celtic retreat begins Christ has walked this path, the path that we are on. As I listened again to this beautiful song over the week I found myself thinking about the many ways in which Christ walks with me on this path through life; Christ walks […]
by Christine Sine What is the image that comes to your mind when you think of the face of Jesus? I love to explore images of Jesus from different cultures. I find that looking at Jesus from a Chinese, African or Latin American perspective often reveals new aspects of who Jesus is to me. If […]
“There’s an urgent question under discussion among church leaders in Britain: Will those in the millennial generation (aged 18-35) affiliate with the Church? Research suggests that if immediate creative action isn’t taken, a growing number of churches will be unlikely to have a future among the next generation as we race into the 2020s. First, […]
Andy Wade – Twenty years ago my wife, Susan, our four-year-old son, our one-year-old son, and I were preparing to head to Hong Kong with Mennonite Mission Netork for our first four-year term. We were just finishing up at Evergreen Mennonite Church in Bellevue, WA, a church we had helped start five years earlier, where I was the […]
by Steve Wickham “Consequently, he is able to save those who approach God through him at all times, since he is always alive to intercede on their behalf.” — Hebrews 7:25 (USC) “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. […]
This year’s Celtic Prayer Retreat is over, but there are many lingering thoughts and reflections from our time together. Last week Christine posted the morning liturgy from Saturday, and I posted posted my first meditation from the retreat, “Identifying Your Great Cloud of Witnesses”. This compilation from our Sunday morning reflections were crafted to help us explore […]
by Christine Sine In response to Andy Wade’s Sunday morning reflection at our Celtic retreat I have been rereading and pondering the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12 this week. The passage begins with a phrase I had never noticed before When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain… I too climbed a mountain during the […]
by Christine Sine Christ and love – they go hand in hand for me. I have spent a lot of time thinking about it this week and contemplating how that love is expressed in my life. These three prayers have come out of that reflection.
by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt When people tell us to listen to someone, they usually mean to pay attention to their words, but quite often the largest lessons from a life well-lived are discovered by hearing and seeing the things that person puts into practice. And I ask myself, for those of us determined to follow Jesus, […]
Andy Wade – “Celebrating the Goodness of God with All the Saints” was the theme for our 25th Annual Celtic Prayer Retreat this past weekend. We spent quite a lot of time thinking about the great cloud of witnesses which surrounds us, not just those who have gone before but also those who walk with us […]
by Christine Sine We have just returned from our annual Celtic retreat on Camano Island a wonderful gathering of friends and associates from the U.S. and Canada. Over the next few days we will post reflections, litanies and meditation tool we hope you will find useful starting with this litany from our Saturday morning session. […]
Meet the Godspace Community Team
Andy Wade Director, Godspace/Mustard Seed Associates - Cultivator of Gardens & Neighborhoods, Writer/SpeakerAndy became Director of Mustard Seed Associates/Godspace on August 1, 2016. He joined the MSA team in December 2009, he has been connected to Tom and Christine and their vision from the beginning, however, and has been hanging out with Tom since 1983. Andy is an ordained Mennonite Pastor who ministered in the Seattle area for five years before moving with his family to Hong Kong to do leadership development, pastoring, and church planting. After 12 years of ministry in Hong Kong, Andy and his family moved back to his home town of Hood River, Oregon. Andy has developed a new area of garden spirituality he calls "gardening with God and neighbor" which builds upon Christine's spirituality of gardening by asking the question, "What does it mean to garden with both God and neighbor in mind?"
Christine Sine Founder, Godspace/Mustard Seed AssociatesChristine Sine is the founder and ongoing contributor to Godspace, which grew out of her passion for creative spirituality, gardening and sustainability. Together with her husband, Tom, she is also co-Founder of Mustard Seed Associates. Christine describes herself as a contemplative activist, believing that spiritual formation should weave through all of life and equip us to engage in the challenges and struggles of our broken and needy world. Is an Australian physician, who practiced in New Zealand and then developed the medical ministry for Mercy Ships. She no longer practices medicine but delights in guiding people towards the health and wholeness of God’s new world.