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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Revisiting: We Resolve Conflict (2)

We continue looking at how the story we tell ourselves about sin profoundly shapes our instinct about ourselves, about one another, and about how we deal with the divided lives we all live. In particular, we explore how it affects the instincts we bring to resolving the inevitable conflicts in our lives. Last week’s lesson […]

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Revisiting: We Resolve Conflict (1)

As we’ve seen the story we tell ourselves about sin profoundly shapes our instinct about ourselves, about one another, and about how we deal with the divided lives we all live. Turns out, the story we tell ourselves about sin impacts how we approach conflict resolution as well. More to the point, one sin story […]

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Revisiting: Sin Is Not That Big A Deal (4)

It’s not a big deal (listen to the last three lessons), but it’s a deal. It’s a “ruin-our-lives” kind of deal. So we need to deal with it. When we tell ourselves that our defining center is ugly, ugly, sin-consciousness, we tend to deal with it one way. When we tell ourselves our deepest center […]

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Revisiting: Sin Is Not That Big A Deal (3)

It’s not a big deal (listen to the last two lessons), but it’s a deal. It’s a “ruin-our-lives” kind of deal. So we need to deal with it. When we tell ourselves one story about what sin is, we deal with it one way. Another story. Another way. In the 5th century, Rome tweaked how we […]

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Revisiting: Sin Is Not That Big A Deal (2)

We saw last time, it’s counter-intuitive, but when we make sin a bigger deal than it is, we don’t deal with it as effectively as we could. In today’s lesson, we lay some term-defining groundwork that will help us figure out how to deal with it effectively. Have a listen, Doug

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Easter 2016

As we do each year, in this lesson we highlight a dimension of our ancient story, and how it impacts our daily lives. This year we focus on the spiritual principle of oneness — how it is rooted in Easter, and how it affects the lives we live. Have a listen, Doug

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As we begin this new season of our community life together, we are going over some of the significant lessons that have shaped our life together. Our history informs our future. Today, we talk about two important truths that grant us both freedom and responsibility. Have a listen. Doug

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