Last night Jude and John Tiersma Watson came for dinner. They usually live in LA and work with Innerchange but are currently staying in La Conner for a sabbatical break. I had met Jude at the CCDA conference some years ago but had not seen them since. It was a wonderful evening of getting to […]
“Everything in nature has a trademark. God’s trademark” What a wonderful thought. To read the full quote from Fr Ernesto Cardinal visit the Listening Point.
Last night we had our rector Carla Pryne and her husband Eric over for dinner. Part of our conversation revolved around the use of ritual in our lives. We talked a lot about how the loss of ritual in our lives disconnects us from community and makes us more isolated, insecure and alone. Most rituals […]
The evidence is in. Americans are working harder than ever before and at a greater cost both to their own health and to that of the environment. Research suggests that practicing a more simple lifestyle makes people happier while using fewer resources. Read the full article on AlterNet This research doesn’t surprise me. When our […]
Tom & I are back from our retreat feeling refreshed and renewed after a couple of days mainly just relaxing in Anacortes. Retreat doesn’t really seem like a very good term for our time away because it really is more a time of refreshment and renewal. We start by reading through our journals from the […]
I thought that I would need to wait until after our retreat time to feel spiritually revived but this weekend I learned an important lesson (one that you would think I should have learnt a long time ago.) All that it took for me to feel spiritually renewed was a good talk to Tom about […]
It is 10 days since I last wrote anything on this blog and I am not sure that I know where the days have gone. ATo be honest I had really thought it was longer as I have been so busy these last couple of weeks that I have no memory of writing my last […]
Guess what? British researchers have just discovered something that those of us who love the garden have always known instinctively . Exposure to dirt really does boost our happiness . Check it out It doesn’t surprise me. There is a growing amount of research that suggests time outside is beneficial in a number of illnesses […]
Yesterday we planted 30 tomato plants in the garden – another important rite of spring and and an increasingly important part of the rhythm of my life. You have no idea how much better tomatoes taste straight out of the garden. In fact I am amazed at how much better all vegetables taste when freshly […]
One of the celebrations of spring for me each year is when the barn swallows that nest under our eaves return. Yesterday I looked out our bathroom window and there they were. Mum and Dad sitting on the rafters inspecting their nest from last year. The challenge is that now there are a number of […]
This last weekend Tom and I drove down to Newberg Oregon for graduation at George Fox University. It was a memborable event as Scott Mackey, son of my best friend Cheryl was graduating. We stayed with other good friends Ruth & Dana Austen. Cheryl, Ruth and I roomed together when I first joined the mercy […]
Since I wrote my comments yesterday I have been thinking a lot about accomplishment. A couple of weeks ago I wrote that in order to move from poverty to the middle class people often need to give up relationships for accomplishment. My question is why don’t we see relationship as accomplishment. This week I have […]
Another busy week and I feel at times as though I am running on the spot accomplishing very little. At times like this I need to remember what is really important in life. Reading this email reflection sent to me by my friend Doug Woods after he read Mark Buchanan’s latest book The Rest of […]
Today is Earth Day and as it is a beautiful day here in Seattle I have been able to spend most of the afternoon outside in the garden.This is such a wonderful time of the year and seems a very appropriate time to celebrate God’s good creation. As I walk around and examine how much […]
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.