Episode 28 :: Tom & Christine Sine–Mustard Seed Associates


Show Notes

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We met Glen Gersmehl, Exec. Dir. of Lutheran Peace Fellowship in Seattle. Rita and I were interviewed by Christine Sine for her Godspace blog.

I interviewed Tom and Christine Sine at Mustard Seed House for this podcast.  I’ve published the my notes of our group discussion (Post #293) at Mustard Seed Associates, as I did with the notes from my speaking tours through 40+ states (including my first visit to MSA, post #168).

Tom is the author of the best-seller Mustard Seed Conspiracy. He gave me a copy of his recent The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time. He blogs. He also wrote a series of Advent/Christmas reflections for Alternatives. Christine wrote The Search for Meaning: Beyond a Commercialized World (available in text or podcast). She has written several books about faith formation and gardening.

They are building the Mustard Seed Associates educational eco-village on an island on the coast of Washington state.

Mentions This Episode

Justice at the Table Workshop, Sat., October 18th, 2014, 9:30am-4 pm, facilitated by Andy Wade, explores the intricate connections between our faith, fellowship, and the food we eat. Not only will we will challenge ourselves and each other to bring our eating and buying practices more in line with our beliefs, we will also draft a “Justice at the Table Plan” to help us implement those changes!

SoCap Conference – Social Capital Markets


Brian “Wolt” Wolters and the  Overflow Project | 50-Day Challenge | my blog SIMPLIFY + GIVE + CHANGE = WATER

Mentions in Earlier Episodes

Simply Delicious

Quantity Cooking for Churches // Grace Winn, ed.

Hunger Resources from Worship Alternatives

Check out Simple Living 101: Tools for Activists, especially chapter 3: events. You may want to add to it, as several folks have.

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  • Looking ahead to Advent/Christmas and back to Easter season, you may have something to contribute to our on-going collection Who’s Risen from the Dead, Anyway? for Lent/HolyWeek/Easter and to our most widely-read annual resource, Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? for Advent/Christmas/Epiphany. Though it’s no longer printed on paper, “WHOSE Birthday?” is published online since 2012. Some editions also come in AUDIO formats. ART | PERSONAL EXPERIENCES | FAMILY ACTIVITIES | Submission Guidelines | All past editions are available on the SLW! site. Thanks to Creative Commons licensing, individuals and congregations can reprint articles without further permission. The articles are carefully indexed —  ADVENT/CHRISTMAS |LENT/EASTER.
  • Simpler Living Alternative Daily Calendar – September

Eco-Justice Ministries

Eco-Justice: “the well-being of all humankind on a thriving Earth” Guest: Peter Sawtell, Founder and Exec. Dir. of Eco-Justice Ministries, discussing the new emphasis Not Ordinary Times. Eco-Justice Ministries | Subscribe to Eco-Justice NOTES (weekly email commentary)

NotOrdinaryTimes.org is a challenging call to “be the church” in this time of environmental crisis — backed up with a comprehensive set of resources and background materials that will guide churches through a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment. (The weeks between Pentecost, 6/8/14, and Advent, 11/30, are traditionally  Ordinary Time, the non-festival part of the Church Year.)

My Travel Journal – Denver, where I spoke at Peter Sawtell’s church (scroll to Post #76) | Good Friday Vigil Against Gun Violence: Stations of the Cross

Pastoral Economic Struggles: Facing Together Global Capitalism’s Domination in Daily Life by Lee Van Ham (Pentecost theme)

Worship Alternatives: Pentecost/Ordinary Time

Tony  & Shane Uncut

The complete 3-1/2 hour straight talk between Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne about simple living and global justice. Parts of that dialog became the DVD “Simply Enough,” which has been re-issued by World Vision Canada as “Choose Justice.” The complete series — episodes 20-27 —  including Show Notes.
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Vicki Robin, author: TedxSeattle talk - 14 minutes of heart, head and humor on Relational Eating | Website: VickiRobin.com | Book: Your Money or Your Life | NEW Book: Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Taught Me About Food, Community And Our Place on Earth | Local Food Lab – restoring local food systems | Order her new book Blessing the Hands That Feed Us from Indiebound or Amazon. Additional Vicki Robin Sites: An enlightening previous site | Wikipedia | Your Money or Your Life | Vicki on Good Reads | FacebookVicki Robin: My blog “Let’s Chat” about the Simple Living Forum + Vicki’s Vision of The Simplicity Forum (audio)

Champions of Simple Living Today

Simple Living blog/site preview service.

I hope that you can see the values of these free resources and will use them as needed, or even better, acquaint yourself with them now so that you’re prepared for your next event.

Treasury of Celebrations: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth, the last edition of the classic series Alternative Celebrations Catalogs.

We have covered much of this resource in earlier episodes.

Wedding Alternatives: Create Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the Earth (Angela and Pete, above, contributors to Wedding Alternatives Supplement)

Cecile Andrews | CecileAndrews.com
Champion of Simplicity and Community Conversation Circles

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Jubilee Economics colleague Lee Van Ham’s new book Blinded by Progress: Breaking Out of the Illusion That Holds Us, part of The OneEarth Project.

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