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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You Can’t Go From Hatred to Love

It is nearly impossible for us to go directly from hated to love.  The usual path is to go from hatred to resentment while telling ourselves that we should be loving.  A healthier path is from hatred to non-hatred, from non-hatred to understanding, from understanding to acceptance and so forth.

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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. As we start with loving […]

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By Scott Bass We have a saying in our community that “It is our way to lose our way…”  Losing our way is sometimes a good thing.  The mystical experience is not part of most Christian’s journeys these days.  We don’t see “the wilderness” or aimless wandering as a good thing in today’s goal-oriented culture. But spending time […]

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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 to step into our place […]

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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 is a new orienting principle […]

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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 others have earned our love, […]

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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 principles, the Jews are spared. […]

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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 told them. When the establishment […]

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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 reasons we stumble so clumsily […]

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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 neighbor we think of as […]

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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 the limited truth of twoness […]

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The Gravity of Our Newtonian Inheritance

Five hundred years ago, Enlightenment scientists told us all things exist independently. All the social and cultural institutions we now live in, were built on instincts drawn from that basic understanding. Consequently, Western society — and especially the US — lives in a strong soup of hyper-individualism. But if, as quantum scientists have now discovered, […]

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