Photo: K. Dagen

Photo: K. Dagen

What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.
— Mark 4:30-32

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is more than just describing something big growing from small beginnings. Mustard was annoying. In fact, it was forbidden by Jewish law to plant in your garden. It didn't have a great reputation. The Kingdom of God spreads by way of the broken, the minute, the insignificant, the mundane, the offensive, the lowly, the undesireables. That which, to the world, is considered small and weak. Like a weed as annoying as mustard, the Kingdom of God will subtly take over the world through our human weakness and frailty.*

I envision this blog being a beautiful dialogue of words and art, circling around one overarching question:
What does it mean to be human, in light of the Kingdom of God?

This blog is so much more than a place to share my own spiritual journey with others. It's a place where I can invite others to come share with me. I want to invite others, through a curative process, to be a part of the conversation and contribute thoughts, reflections, revelations, and wonders. How is God moving in you? What is God doing? What compels you to create? What's burdening you?  We don't have to wonder in isolation. We shouldn't. We can sojourn together, and learn from each other along the way. 

So come share. Come declare praise. Come ask questions. Come find comfort.

 
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KAITLYN DAGEN

LEADING CONTRIBUTOR // CURATOR

Kaitlyn has finally come to terms with her own humanity and has stopped fighting it so much. She will forever be pondering the beauty of culture and the meaning of being human. At heart, she is a creative nomad always looking for the next big adventure. Deeper still, she revels in life’s circular daily rhythms - where the Spirit dwells. She is passionate about spiritual formation and wholistic healing, finding the human personality and its depths to be quite fascinating. If you haven’t seen her in a while, you might find her lost in a pile of books, writing, bringing something old back to life, or picking at her banjo. She seeks to live creatively and intentionally among her neighbors in Lancaster City.

 
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SALLIE MCCANN TUPPER

PRIME CONTRIBUTOR // POET

Sallie McCann Tupper and her husband enjoy living in Lancaster City with a community of friends. You can find Sallie spending time outside in her garden or in the woods, observing neighborhood animals, organizing her whole house, or cooking delicious food. She reads and writes fervently, and finds it almost impossible to read a good book without underlining and dog-earing the best parts. She writes poems to underline and dog-ear the small and sacred moments of life. Find more of her work on Instagram — @salliemccanntupper.

 
 
 

*This insight on the Parable of the Mustard Seed, along with the name for this blog, was inspired by a passage on the Kingdom in Shane Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution

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