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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As we saw last week, we can sum up the message of the ancient prophets pretty simply. “Do the right thing . . . or suffer the consequences.” That idea riled up some folks in our community this last week. It poked some old church hurts — preachers threatening punishment from God to get people […]

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We can sum up the message of the ancient prophets pretty simply. “Do the right thing . . . or suffer the consequences.” To many religious folk, that sounds like a threat from God. In a recent TED talk, we realize, it’s a pretty accurate description of what happens when we don’t keep our commitments […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

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The Law of Three . . . And the Jerk at Work

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 […]

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The Law of Three . . . And the Love of Pizza

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 […]

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The Law of Three . . . And Disruptive Times

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 […]

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Creating A New Reality: The Law of Three

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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Expanding God’s table

By John Pavlovitz One of the images that most attracted me to church was the table of God where all were congregated together in unity.  However, the church has done a lot since the time of Jesus to make the table of God smaller and more exclusive.  We owe it to those who are being […]

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