Christine Sine is the founder and facilitator of Godspace, which grew out of her passion for creative spirituality, gardening and sustainability. Together with her husband, Tom, Christine also co-founded Mustard Seed Associates, but recently retired to make time available for writing, speaking and to look after their puppy, Goldie.
Christine describes herself as a contemplative activist, passionate gardener, author, and liturgist. She loves messing with church traditions and inspiring followers of Jesus to develop creative approaches to spirituality that intertwine the sacred through all of life. She facilitates workshops on contemplative and creative spiritual practices, spirituality and gardening, simplicity and sustainability as well as how to develop a more spiritual rhythm for our lives. She often encourages participants to paint rocks or leaves, plant contemplative gardens, walk labyrinths and create spiritual pathways that draw us into deeper intimacy with God. Christine is inspired by Celtic Christian spirituality, which has opened her eyes to the God who is present in every moment, every experience and every place. She is open to learning from everyone and everything around.
In a former life, Christine trained as a physician in Australia practiced in New Zealand and developed and directed the healthcare ministry for Mercy Ships. She spent 12 years onboard the mercy ship M/V Anastasis facilitating the development of a program for cleft lip and palate repair and cataract removal as well as setting up medical and dental clinics to help bring health care to the world’s most vulnerable. She has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Caribbean Islands, Central America and South Pacific. She no longer practices medicine but delights in guiding people towards the health and wholeness of God’s new world.
Her latest book, published in March 2019 by InterVarsity Press is The Gift of Wonder:Creative Practices For Delighting in God. Other books include Rest in the Moment: Reflections for Godly Pauses.(MSA 2016), Return to Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray (MSA 2012), To Garden with God (MSA 2010), Light for the Journey (MSA 2010), GodSpace: Time for Peace in the Rhythms of Life (Barclay Press 2006), and Tales of a Seasick Doctor (Zondervan 1996). Christine and Tom Sine also co-authored Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for Your Life (Baker Books 2002).
The emphasis of the Godspace writers’ community is spirituality, sustainability and social justice. Our hope is to give opportunity to writers from diverse backgrounds – age, gender and ethnicity – to express their viewpoints and thoughts while at the same time creating a network of friendships that span the globe.
Here Are The Guidelines For Being Part Of This Group
- Commit to writing at least four posts a year. For example, you might choose to write one post for Advent, one for Lent, and two other posts in other series throughout the year. If you would like to do a post a month, that would be even better.
- Help promote the blog by sharing posts (not just your own) and letting your networks know about events and publications, maybe once a week or so on social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest or wherever else you visit.
- Help shape the future topics on the blog so that it becomes more collaborative, not just the editors telling you what we want you to write about.
- Be willing to have your posts used in future collaborative publications like the Lenten and Advent books we have produced.
Unfortunately at this stage there is no compensation for posts, though we are willing to help promote books you write, your personal website, and help expand your reach through our network of over 6,000 subscribers from around the globe.
Guidelines For Posts
- Written posts should be 500-800 words long. We also accept shorter pieces in the form of reflections, poetry, creative exercises or video. If you have other suggestions let us know, we want this to become as richly diverse in authorship and form as possible.
- Please include at least one photo (no more than 800px width and less than 200 kb; .jpg format is preferred) as attachments with your post. Make sure credits are included. If you use a photo that is not yours, please make sure you have permission to use it and let us know where the photo came from.
- Include websites to be linked to beside the words (highlighted) that you want the hyperlinks to go to.
- Regular contributors do not need to send a bio with each post. Your name will appear at the top with a link to your profile. Those who only post occasionally should send a bio, which will appear at the bottom of the post, with each submission. If you would like links to your website, page, or book, please make sure that information is also included.
If you know of other writers who would be interested in contributing, please help connect us. We would love to recruit from other countries and other ethnicities too so any help it promoting diversity is appreciated.