Radical Inclusion of “The Other”

To talk about this radical version of hospitality—without also talking about the transformative spiritual journey… Well, that’s just a non-starter. We can’t do – what we can’t do. And we can’t do it – unless we first awaken to a reservoir deep within us – that most never access. Have a listen, Doug

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Yeah! Not As Easy As It Sounds (Hospitality)

If hospitality is about tea cozies and finger sandwiches, it’d just be a matter of tidying up the house and having people over. But in the spiritual tradition, hospitality is a much more demanding proposition. It means “radical inclusion of the other, the outsider, the stranger.” In that context, we might need some prep work in […]

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Radical Inclusion: The Three Magi

The Twelve Days of Christmas doesn’t mean much any more. But back in the day, each of the days celebrated an important story — the last day, the story of the three magi. It is a story about God abolishing sectarianism. What? Yep. It’s a story about Divine Life, Divine Light, being given to everybody — not […]

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Being on the Edge of Becoming 

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 […]

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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 […]

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The “S” Word

We don’t use the word “sin” very often at NRCC because it has gotten kind of encrusted with toxic meanings over the centuries. However, it is an important spiritual concept. In this lesson we look at the double nature we tend to carry inside ourselves — we don’t want to deceive ourselves, but we are prone to […]

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Community Meeting (a pretty important one)

A lot has happened to our community recently. Our minister (me) got the boot from the denomination we were part of. Our community voted to keep the minister (again, me), which meant our vote was to both leave the denomination, and since the denomination owns the building, to find a new home. It’s been a lot. And while all that […]

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Our Brains: A Blessing . . . And A Curse (2)

Last week, we saw how our brains have a built-in motivation system to get us up, out of bed, eating, drinking, procreating, and doing the things we need to further our lives and the species. The whole system is a real blessing. But it’s also a curse. It sucks us into a time-focus that is anything but […]

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Our Brains: A Blessing . . . And a Curse (1)

There are some chemicals in our brains that create a motivation cycle which really helps us. These chemicals get us out of bed, and motivate us to eat, and work, and make babies — all the stuff we need to do to sustain life. What a relief! When something goes wrong with these motivating chemicals in […]

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This lesson is about staying engaged in the present moment. It is about not borrowing regrets from the past — or anxiety from the future. But sometimes we don’t borrow regret or anxiety — we borrow relief, or respite. In our painful moments, it is much easier NOT to live in the present moment. So […]

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