It’s our Christian mandate to change the world . . . and Lord knows it needs changing these days. But how do we do good – but do it better? How do we make change – that matters? Paul points us to some tools that help. Even in the quantum era, we Christians still rely […]
In this lesson we are reminded of the story of hope the Baby Jesus represents. When we are despairing, Baby Jesus reminds us the light is bigger than darkness, life is bigger than death, love wins over fear. And it is only from a position of hope that we garner the strength to step into […]
Our embattled world needs repair. Developing a oneness orientation will be key to unlocking our entrenchments and releasing us to deep transformation. In this lesson we continue discussing our community’s intention to be a heterogeneous church. We believe the radical act of staying in community with those who are different, will move us down the […]
Advent 2016 – Week 1 During this season of Advent, we focus on waiting in the darkness (and especially so, in this present time of darkness) with hope. With gratitude being the fountainhead of hope, our tradition points us to intentionally stirring gratitude to overcome darkness and despair. It’s one of our best tools. Let’s […]
by Jennifer Murray The word “virgin” can lend to thoughts of barrenness, but it can also mean whole and content. Meditation and reflection and contemplation. Receive the grace of the love that is always there. Am I full or am I empty? Do I leave a space to be filled by the divine? Or am […]
by George Fuller Look up “gestation” in the dictionary or using Google. We are being developed and grown in the womb of the Divine and our faith is being gestated within us. We are continually changing, whether we are comfortable with it or not. It happens around us and within us simultaneously. This is the […]
Today we tell a story of the history of Haiti – how it got into the horrible state it is in. Love, our theme this Advent, extends beyond those who are nearby. It extends to faraway people. Our community has started a relationship with the village of Ferrier in central Haiti. Today we learn the […]
Along with many spiritual communities around the earth, each year at NRCC, we cycle through the themes of Advent – Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. This year’s theme is “Love.” We spoke last week of loving the tough people in our lives. This week we speak of loving the faraway people. Why is it more difficult to […]
Along with many spiritual communities around the earth, each year at NRCC, we cycle through a triad of themes for Advent – Faith, Hope, and Love. This year’s theme is “Love.” And we begin this first week, thinking about loving the tough people in our lives. What has to happen in us, for deep love to […]
We conclude this year's Advent message--on Advent. We've been looking at the ancient wisdom around celebration, and today finish off with an informed understanding of why the holidays so often exhaust, instead of energize us.
We continue looking at why we do Advent, expanding our discussion into some of the “how’s.” Advent is a two-step dance, both feasting and the preparation that makes the feasting meaningful. Have a listen, Doug
It’s been a while since we’ve spoken about why we do Advent. A few folks in the community asked me that recently, so for the next few Sundays, we’ll look at the history and practice of Advent. Turns out, if anxiety is a big deal for you, you ought to have a listen, Doug
The Psalms tell us to lift up our eyes... to see with an elevated vision. This is exactly what Advent invites us to do. In this lesson, I'll recognize that it's tough in our culture, to make December a month of vision-elevating. But, I'll suggest some ways to be thinking now, that will help us in January.
On Friday, 20 children were murdered in their school and 6 adults who tried to protect them. Can we celebrate this season’s focus on “hope” when something like that happens? We’ll see. I have a few remarks to make, but most of this morning’s lesson will be discussion. Doug
So sure, hope is a great thing. Sure, prophets speak and angels sing... "Comfort... comfort my people." That's all well and good. But brass-tacks reality insists we at least mention the high price exacted of those who bring hope into the earth. Look at how our carriers of hope have been dismissed, ridiculed, persecuted, and crucified. What do we do about that?
When we think of "prophesy" we think of predicting the future. That's not what the ancients thought. They thought of prophets as "seers," seeing what the rest of us miss - and in particular, seeing the things of the Divine. Today, we read one of our ancient prophets as he "sees" hope.
At Christmas time, being home is a value for many. But what is "home?" We long for it, but it's a moving target. The people and things we associate with "home" are always changing, so "home" never stays the same. We long for something that is always evaporating away. So how do we live?