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
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. […]
by Lynn Domina I have been thinking about Jesus the teacher. He instructs many people, friends and enemies, the naïve and the sly, those hoping for grace and those hoping to outwit him. But as a good teacher once described a classroom, “There’s more teaching than learning going on here.” We hear Jesus when he […]
by Christine Sine How did Jesus practice inclusiveness? I was faced with that question last week as I put together a resource list for our month on listening to the life of Jesus. One person complained because I included an author who is fairly conservative, excluding women from leadership and condemning LBGTQs. Another person complained because […]
by Jeannie Kendall For much of my professional life I was paid to listen. Working as I did, as a counsellor, I had the enormous privilege of listening to many people. For some, the words came easily. For others, it was a painful struggle, each word hanging in the air like a bubble which I dare […]
by Lynne M. Baab The Gospel of Mark records a busy first week of ministry for Jesus (Mark 1:14-34). Jesus announces the “good news of God” and calls disciples. He heals a man with an unclean spirit and many other people, including Simon’s mother-in-law. He casts out demons. He teaches in the synagogue on the […]
Andy Wade – Our theme this month on the Godspace Community Blog is “listening to the life of Jesus”. As Christine Sine and I reflected on this theme we both had favorite authors we thought fit well, and so this month we have two “Featured Authors”, Kenneth Bailey and N.T. Wright. Today I want to […]
Over this next month we will be focusing on listening to the life of Jesus. Here is a short list of books that we have found helpful in our quest. We have chosen theologians and practitioners from a variety of perspectives and drawn from suggestions given by several of our authors. However we would love […]
Tag, You’re It! It’s August, which means that Christine Sine has officially retired as active Co-Director of Mustard Seed Associates // Godspace and handed the reigns over to Andy Wade. Christine and Andy agree it’s been an extremely smooth transition. What does this mean? We’ll be writing more about that in our August newsletter but, in short, it […]
by Christine Sine. August on Godspace is a month for learning from the life of Jesus. Isn’t that what Christianity is all about you may ask? Well yes and no. Sometimes it seems we skip straight from Jesus’ birth to his death. His amazing life story of healings, liberation and generosity are often ignored. Birth and […]
by Kate Kennington Steer. I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present. I would like the […]
The 25th Annual Celtic Prayer Retreat August 5-7 is almost here and it is shaping up to be the best ever. This is a perfect time to sign up and join us. The weather will be good, the program excellent and the fellowship exceptional. There will be wonderful music by Jeff Johnson, presentation on Celtic spirituality by Pat […]
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.