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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Giving Thanks After November (1)

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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An Ancient Story (2): Finding Our Way Back

If you went to Sunday School, odds are you heard the story of Jonah being swallowed by the big fish and surviving to tell the tale. What you may not have heard is the historical and literary context around the story. It changes how we understand it. Turns out, its pretty relevant to anybody putting […]

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An Ancient Story (1) A Fear-Driven One

Today we look at one of the darker times in our religion’s history – a time of racial hatred, fear, and suspicion of outsiders. It happened 600 years before Jesus, and in our fear and uncertainty, we created a story that defined us – and caused us to lose our way. Next week, we’ll look at […]

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The Holy Spirit: How We Lose Our Way (7)

It’s a lesson about good news – and the bad news. The bad news: we’ve been really successful as a religious tradition. The good news: not so much any more. Picking up where we left off before our community meeting last week. It turns out in Christian history, that when we are afforded privilege and status – […]

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2015 Community Meeting

We take a break from our current lesson for our annual community meeting. We cover what work we did in 2014 to make NRCC a healthier spiritual community, and why we did it. We also talk about how we’ll decide what work we’ll do in 2015 (and of course, why we will do it). To follow the […]

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Here is a quote from Richard Rohr: The Perennial Tradition encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say: There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things, There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality, […]

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If we would participate in the movement afoot in our world today – to move from secondhand, institutional religion to firsthand, direct-encounter spirituality – then it would behoove us to pay attention to the mystics in our tradition. We’ve tended to honor them only after they’re gone. “The only good mystic is a dead one.” In […]

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Life is messy. Institutional, organized religion would prefer we ignore that inconvenient reality. Institutions work so much better when truth is fixed and expectations are normalized. But organized religion is in trouble. And truth – and wisdom – and the sources we search to find them – just don’t lend themselves to the tidiness organized […]

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Of all the religious-jargon sounding parts of our tradition, the term “The Holy Spirit” is right up near the top of the list. We know it’s religious (the words “holy” and “spirit” are right in it). But what does it mean? “Spirit,” by the very nature of the word is ephemeral at best. Is there […]

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