Easter 2015

Death. That’s an ugly topic for a happy day like Easter! But don’t judge too quickly. Turns out that keeping our death ever before us is part of the ancient wisdom – and is in fact, a pathway into a deepened experience of life. Have a listen, Doug  

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Palm Sunday 2015

Crushing disappointment. Who wants to celebrate that!? But if we reflect on what happens to us in the seasons of our lives when the inevitability of pain, suffering, and hopelessness washes over our lives. — we realize they often invite us into seasons of deep transformation. Forewarned is forearmed. We could work with these dark times […]

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The Art of Watchfulness: Prayers of Detachment (6)

We’ve seen in this lesson, that the lives we live in the few years we get on this earth, are deeply affected by a simple pattern… Thoughts create desires. Desires create actions. Actions create habits. Habits create the very lives we live. We’ve seen that the prayers of detachment we’ve discussed (fasting, simplicity, solitude), are designed to break up […]

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People! Their voices are always in us. Their expectations. Their beliefs. Their values. And those voices run deep! We don’t usually recognize them for what they are. We usually just think they’re our own minds telling us “The Way Things Are.” So, the unexamined life (you know; the one Socrates said was not worth living) becomes […]

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Prayers of detachment slip easily into a religious-masochist-or-martyr vibe. I do harsh things to myself — in the hope of showing God how serious – or devout — or pious, I am. God, in turn bestows favor on me. How sick is that!? (But it’s how many have prayed the detachment prayers — me among them). […]

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Do Sensible People Still Pray? Really? (3)

Most people I know have given up on praying–at least given up on prayer the way most Christians have been taught to pray. We continue this pretty lengthy lesson, reframing prayer in our minds, hoping that we can once again access this ancient life-breath of the spiritual journey. Have a listen, Doug  

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Do Sensible People Still Pray? Really? (2)

We continue introducing a focus that will take a while for us to go through – rethinking the story we tell ourselves about prayer. Perhaps if we can rethink our story, the many of us who have given up on praying, could pray again. Have a listen, Doug  

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Do Sensible People Still Pray? Really? (1)

Most people I know have given up on praying–at least given up on prayer the way most Christians have been taught to pray. I’m beginning a pretty lengthy lesson today, reframing prayer in our minds, hoping that we can once again access this ancient life-breath of the spiritual journey. Have a listen, Doug  

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The “Other” People

Our natural tendency is to “other”, but this othering is not without cost, both to ourselves and to our world. Jesus wants us to move toward oneness, including with others. by Scott Shackleton  

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Deep Change — Ya’ It’s A Real Thing

I hear people in their pessimistic moments say things like… “People don’t ever really change. They just don’t!” When you’ve been hurt by the same person, doing the same stupid thing, and doing it for the umpteenth time, I can understand the pessimism. However, people engaged in the ancient rhythm of growth and change — would beg to […]

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Advent 2014: Loving the Faraway People 4 (Haiti)

Today we tell a story of the history of Haiti – how it got into the horrible state it is in. Love, our theme this Advent, extends beyond those who are nearby. It extends to faraway people. Our community has started a relationship with the village of Ferrier in central Haiti. Today we learn the […]

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Advent 2014: Loving Faraway People (2)

Along with many spiritual communities around the earth, each year at NRCC, we cycle through the themes of Advent – Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. This year’s theme is “Love.” We spoke last week of loving the tough people in our lives. This week we speak of loving the faraway people. Why is it more difficult to […]

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Advent 2014: Loving the Tough People (1)

Along with many spiritual communities around the earth, each year at NRCC, we cycle through a triad of themes for Advent – Faith, Hope, and Love. This year’s theme is “Love.” And we begin this first week, thinking about loving the tough people in our lives. What has to happen in us, for deep love to […]

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Giving Thanks After November (2)

Each year we return to the theme of gratitude in some way. It’s a powerful construct. It’s not just something we do on a holiday. It change our lives, and as you’ll see in this lesson, has the capacity to change the world. Have a listen, Doug  

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