Access Denied. Rethinking Race

When we take a look at the shadowy historical roots of our society’s invisible systems – financial, employment, political, educational, penal – they stop being invisible. Unseen, our systems consistently advantage one group and disadvantage another. This is the very embodiment of the broken world Jesus calls us to be

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A Few Guilty. All Responsible.

We’re not guilty of the past. We weren’t there. But if we understand Jesus, we see we are — all of us — responsible to make right what has gone wrong, and systematic racism . . . has gone wrong! Jesus also taught us where much is given, much is

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Some Good News for the Discouraged…

To get us ready for our upcoming lesson, “Rethinking Race,” here are some of the ways our community has been getting ready to step into our role as a repairers of the earth. It is a long list and it’s good news! We also explore specific opportunities within our city

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Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a skill that must be developed. It takes courage and strength, but when you engage in the process, you give yourself the gift of freedom – freedom from bitterness, freedom from allowing an incident continually harm you. Listen as we explore the 4-fold skill of forgiving.

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Spirituality 401: Loving The Enemy (Prerequisites Required)

Loving our enemy. Was Jesus serious? We Christians generally ignore this verse because we simply cannot see our way there. We are encouraged to begin this 1000-mile journey with a single step. We enable ourselves through a process of working our circle of spiritual practices – communal, contemplative, service and learning.

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Temporarily Out of Service

  A commitment to service is one essential part of a healthy spiritual ecosystem. But service absent discernment can, at best, waste resources, at worst, cause harm. For many years the discernment was that NRCC was to focus upon building the other parts of the spiritual ecosystem. Today, the call is

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Mything the Point: Sophia and Her Daughters

The ancient myth of Sophia and her daughters illuminates a deep truth. The Way of Wisdom (Sophia) gives birth to the daughters, Faith (Fides), Hope (Spes), and Charity (Caritas). When we apply ourselves to the Way of Wisdom — when we take up the spiritual practices, the fruit of our journey

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Fool of Love

When we tend to the inner life, the fruit we bear is Love. Modern standards might think love a fool because it bears all things kindly. It does not boast or envy or keep score. But when we know the Divine within, we become capacitated to love fully, not because

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The Original Crowdsourcing of Biblical Proportions

This week we discuss the Jewish heroine Esther who despite her youth, sweetness, lack of wisdom and traditional power, leveraged what she knew about the spiritual journey. She helps us see how counter-cultural spiritual power really is. Esther calls her people to to essential spiritual principles:  quietness and togetherness. Exercising these

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Help Wanted: Counter Position

See what we did there!? “counter” and “counter.”  Same word, two meanings. Now that’s big-time pun fun, people! In today’s lesson, we imagine the conversation Jesus had with his disciples as he sent them to do their part healing the world. “Don’t act too magnificent,” he told them. “Travel light,” he

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What Christ Had in Mind…

Folks who grew up in church have probably heard the term “the mind of Christ.” (It’s in the Bible.) Today’s lesson suggest the term has the potential to help us out of the partisan pickle we find ourselves in as a nation. So far in this lesson, we’ve seen several

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A Less Wee Version of We

  We’ve all got “sameness is safeness” instincts. They make it really hard to answer the question, “who is our neighbor?” But as we’ve been saying, everything is connected. A good way to imagine our connectedness is the metaphor of an ecosystem — interconnected but diverse. Turns out, even the

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Making the Connectedness Connection

Our brains are evolutionarily hardwired to detect difference and to fear it. This survival strategy makes it harder to see the deeper truth of our connectedness. Given that our hardwired instincts work against relating in oneness, the spiritual journey helps us. It gives us practices to help us see beyond

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