Recapping Our Summer of Listening

It’s been our focus this summer — the spiritual practice of listening. As the summer comes to an end, we revisit the important themes of the summer lesson, and point ourselves forward. Have a listen, Doug

Continue reading

Toward A Better World: Doing Our Bit

We’re nearing the end of our “summer of listening.” We began this summer with the premise that when people set aside time for spiritual listening, one thing they have heard through the ages is the call to repair the earth. And it is clear to anyone watching – our earth needs repairing. But the need […]

Continue reading

Jesus said it, not me! Hate your mother! Hate your father. But maybe that’s not the point. Maybe the point is being alert to the powerful pressure to conform — best exerted on us by our people — can keep us from discerning our ways forward. Yep. I think that’s it. Have a listen, Doug

Continue reading

You have jerks in your life. Sure you do. But have you noticed that we usually have two categories of jerk around us? There are jerks that are “our” jerks, and those who are not. The one is not any jerkier than the other, but we somehow “get” them. Pull that thread a bit, and there […]

Continue reading

In our summer of listening, we are listening for “the Third Force,” “the Reconciling Force.” There’s a good chance you don’t know what that means. No problem. Robin Camu gave us a lesson recently (CLICK HERE) that helped frame for us, not only how we do the spiritual practices of listening, but what we listen for […]

Continue reading

This summer, our community is setting aside time for the spiritual practices of listening. This summer our society is in upheaval. – Black Lives Matter, HB2, Dallas, Nice Divisions that have long simmered, are boiling over. Which makes listening critical. In this lesson, I build on what Robin taught us last week. Binary conflicts require a third force, for […]

Continue reading

This is Doug. I’m writing about the lesson Robin gave this day. I’m writing because Robin would naturally be reluctant to promote her own lesson, and I think it was a very important framing lesson for the future of our community. It’s important because it tells us what to look for when we find ourselves in intractable […]

Continue reading

Tikkun Olam

Nope. That’s not a typo. Tikkun olam is a thing. A real thing. An ancient thing. When we set ourselves to the ancient practices of listening, the accumulated experience of those gone before us in our tradition gives us a set of expectations about some of the things we’ll hear. One of them, is the calling to […]

Continue reading

We continue introducing our summer focus on the spiritual practice of listening. This summer, we’re focusing on the art of spiritual listening. If you’re in Raleigh, I encourage you to be part of our Sundays at 1417 Clifton St. in Raleigh, to experience the practices that accompany the lesson. Have a listen, And come along, Doug

Continue reading

We begin this week, a new lesson on the spiritual practice of listening. We’re combining the lesson with a summer of practicing the art of listening together. If you’re in Raleigh, I encourage you to be part of our Sundays at 1417 Clifton St. in Raleigh, to experience the practices that accompany the lesson. Have a […]

Continue reading