Welcome to The Mustard Seed Venture
We are 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.
We Have A New Home!
The Mustard Seed Venture – NewHeavenNewEarth Community Center
For a number of years our classes, workshops, and activities have been held in different locations. All along, however, we have been holding a vision that at some point we would have a home, a place where we could explore and extend the teachings of the historical Jesus and related teachings and experiences, a place that we hoped would be a concrete embodiment of the kingdom. This place has now come into being as of October 1, 2013. We are renting a building that can accommodate activities such as meetings, classes, and workshops. There is a kitchen and space for meals, and in the front of the building there will be a store for Fair Trade and thrift store items. There is also land on the side of the building for a garden. Other activities will include spiritual movie nights, meditations, celebrations, and helping others. We plan to manifest these activities and others in phases, with the first phase being classes and workshops.
We are sharing this center with another non-profit organization called NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE). Part of the purpose of NHNE is to help give birth to a new way of life on our planet, and that new way has a number of significant parallels to our vision, such as developing a rich relationship with God and loving other people. Aside from making our presence at the center affordable, NHNE will add a more global dimension to the activities at the center, with plans for live communication with speakers around the world. We are currently co-sponsoring a class with NHNE called “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth,” based on near-death experiences, and a Dream Group, which helps us form a more direct, personal relationship with the divine and become more loving people. For past co-sponsored events, click here.
Our Social Network provides a gathering place for people interested in coming to a deeper understanding and embodiment of The Kingdom of God. This rich multimedia environment provides a place for members to create their own profile pages, add photos, videos, and music, upload files, and participate in discussions with other like-minded people. The Mustard Seed Venture Network also contains a calendar of events, including current activities and upcoming workshops.
Especially Important Resources
Loving Our Enemies: The Core of Jesus’ Vision in the Sayings Gospel Q (pdf)
By Robert Perry
This is a chapter Robert wrote for an academic collection called “The Healing Power of Spirituality: How Faith Helps Humans Thrive,” edited by J. Harold Ellens. In the Sayings Gospel Q, the opening sermon, which was the basis for Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain, is largely a series of elaborations on the core injunction to “love your enemies.” This chapter is Robert’s attempt to draw out the meaning of this discourse on loving one’s enemies, and thereby to capture what may well be the heart of the historical Jesus’ vision. What we find there is something that, rather than being a somewhat primitive relic of the past, is radical and deeply challenging for any time, including our own.