The Mustard Seed Venture is a group of people seeking to deeply understand, collectively experience and freely extend what the historical Jesus referred to as “the kingdom,” by following his teachings and by drawing inspiration from anywhere that we see the kingdom manifest. The main focus of our conversations will be on how to apply our understandings of what the historical Jesus and related kingdom teachings and experiences are all about, and on how to apply those ideas in our daily lives. We are seeking to experience and extend God’s love and care to our loved ones, strangers, and those that we might normally see as our enemies. Are you interested in this kind of journey? If so, why?
I am very interested in this journey for a number of reasons. I teach "A Course in Miracles," and I find many parallels between it and the historical Jesus revealed by modern scholarship. I find the scholars' new picture of Jesus and his vision very appealing—especially the emphasis on living carefree and caring lives rooted in God's unconditional love and caring for us. My partner Patricia and I live and Mexico and work with migrants and their human rights defenders. Many of the people we work with are Catholic, and this new picture of Jesus is something I think many of them can connect with. We want to bring the kingdom to "the least of these," and learning more about the historical Jesus' vision of the kingdom can help us do that.
We envision a network that creates an experience of the kingdom, both in its content and conversations. We therefore ask that all posts have a respectful tone, and a kingdom-like posture towards others. A helpful rule of thumb is to keep in mind if we are referring to another person or members of another group or faith, we write the post as if they might at some point be reading it. What draws you to a desire to manifest Jesus’ teachings in this world, such as love, forgiveness, healthy relationships, community and helping others?
I have always found life as we know it to be extremely difficult, a heavy burden. I see everyone groaning under the weight of hatred, grief, anger, pressing need, suffering, and death. I see us all immersed in a collective insanity. For me, the historical Jesus and his vision of the kingdom are a breath of fresh air, a cool drink of living water, a healing balm for the soul, a light in the darkness, a desperately needed dose of blessed sanity. The kind of world Jesus envisions is the kind of world I want to live in, and I want to do my part to help bring that world about.
Please tell us a little general information about yourself, so we can begin to get to know you. What kind of work do you do? What are your interests?
As I mentioned, I teach "A Course in Miracles." I am happily living in Mexico with my partner, Patricia, and her daughter, Marina. Some of my other interests are near-death experiences, long-distance running, and classical music/opera.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am looking forward to sharing this journey with everyone.
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