Gardening As Spiritual Discipline and Community Development

Pastor Todd thought about putting together a video sermon since road conditions made it more prudent to cancel services. Instead, here is an interview that might provide you with some inspiring and encouraging reflection for your Sunday afternoon.

TODAY’S INTERVIEW:
CHRISTINE SINE (CO-FOUNDER – MUSTARD SEED ASSOCIATES)

christine sineChristine Sine is Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates a small organization founded by her and her husband, Tom Sine, to assist churches and Christian organizations to engage the challenges of the 21st Century. She speaks and writes about how to integrate spiritual rhythms into everyday life as well as on spirituality and gardening. If you visit Tom and Christine in Seattle you might find her out in her garden harvesting luscious tomatoes. Or you might find her inside knitting a sweater or working on a new book on creating a liturgy of life. Christine and Tom and their golden retriever, Bonnie, love practicing hospitality and cooking food from all over the world. They particularly enjoy teaching people how to party the kingdom 24/7.

In a former life, Christine trained as a physician in Australia and developed and directed the healthcare ministry for Mercy Ships. She still works as a consultant in international healthcare and travel medicine as well as conducting seminars to help prepare people for overseas mission service. She has worked in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Her most recent book is To Garden with God, (Mustard Seed Associates 2010). She is the author of several other books: Light for the Journey (MSA 2010) GodSpace: Time for Peace in the Rhythms of Life (Barclay Press 2006), Travel Well (World Vision Resources 2005) and Tales of a Seasick Doctor (Zondervan 1996). Christine and Tom also co-authored Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life. (Baker Books 2002).

OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED:

Listen as Spencer Burke shares about his experience in Kansas City, MO, at the Urban Farming Guys’ inner-city location where they are building a sustainable community including gardens, solar power, aquaponics, and home restoration. If you’ll be at the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference (March 19-21) in Chicago, be sure to stop by our exhibit booth.

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Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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