NRCC’s journey began many years ago, desconstructing Enlightenment-Era church. After that, we began reconstructing a way to be Christian in the Quantum Era. Along the way, among the writings and practices of our ancient Christian Mothers and Fathers, we found a set of transformative spiritual tools . They help us become spiritual elders in the […]

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A Call to Care

By Scott Shackleton Today is Orphan Sunday.  It is a time to reflect on those who really need our caring for them and it gives us a chance to expand our empathy. Have a listen.

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From Hole Sexuality to Whole Sexuality (2)

Our sexual ground rules no longer serve us well. We developed them when we were agrarian and industrial societies. Now we live longer, we enter puberty earlier, and we marry later. Now, there is an average 15 year gap between sexual maturity and marriage. It is time to reconsider how we frame healthy sexuality for our […]

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A Fourth-of-July Message: Freedom!

Our Bill of Rights enshrines four essential, socio-political freedoms… – The freedom to speak and say what we think – The freedom to write and publish what we think – The freedom to assemble together and work toward changes we want – The freedom to worship in any form we want But there are freedoms that […]

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Damned if we do . . . Damned if we don’t

Jesus gave us a handful of really straightforward things to do… Love God. Love people. But as long as false identities define the “me” that I think I am, I’ll take off to follow those straightforward things — and screw them up badly. All we have to do, is do the right thing, but do […]

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Some Principles Before We Vote

If you’re part of our community, you know that our denomination is deciding if they will ask us to leave. I (Doug) wrote a book that raised some red flags for them, so they’ll decide soon whether my credentials will be revoked. If that happens, our community will vote to stay or remain in the denomination. […]

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Seriously?! “Sacerdotal?” Come on!

Organized religion has a bad name these days. And religious jargon has an even worse one. So when we hear religious words, we tend to glaze over and shut down. Unless we dig deeply enough to understand what they mean — and where the life and vitality was when the words were first used. So […]

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Palm Sunday 2015

Crushing disappointment. Who wants to celebrate that!? But if we reflect on what happens to us in the seasons of our lives when the inevitability of pain, suffering, and hopelessness washes over our lives. — we realize they often invite us into seasons of deep transformation. Forewarned is forearmed. We could work with these dark times […]

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The “Other” People

Our natural tendency is to “other”, but this othering is not without cost, both to ourselves and to our world. Jesus wants us to move toward oneness, including with others. by Scott Shackleton  

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Giving Thanks After November (2)

Each year we return to the theme of gratitude in some way. It’s a powerful construct. It’s not just something we do on a holiday. It change our lives, and as you’ll see in this lesson, has the capacity to change the world. Have a listen, Doug  

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Giving Thanks After November (1)

Each year we return to the theme of gratitude in some way. It’s a powerful construct. It’s not just something we do on a holiday. It change our lives, and as you’ll see in this lesson, has the capacity to change the world. Have a listen, Doug  

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This morning our guest speaker, Jennifer Murray speaks about one of our four core categories of spiritual practice — the contemplative. Jesus said “Follow me.” We may not always realize that we need something to help us along the spiritual terrain of life. Being in such need can be a startling spiritual awakening moment. We […]

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An Ancient Story (2): Finding Our Way Back

If you went to Sunday School, odds are you heard the story of Jonah being swallowed by the big fish and surviving to tell the tale. What you may not have heard is the historical and literary context around the story. It changes how we understand it. Turns out, its pretty relevant to anybody putting […]

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An Ancient Story (1) A Fear-Driven One

Today we look at one of the darker times in our religion’s history – a time of racial hatred, fear, and suspicion of outsiders. It happened 600 years before Jesus, and in our fear and uncertainty, we created a story that defined us – and caused us to lose our way. Next week, we’ll look at […]

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