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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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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This morning our guest speaker, Jennifer Murray speaks about one of our four core categories of spiritual practice — the contemplative. Jesus said “Follow me.” We may not always realize that we need something to help us along the spiritual terrain of life. Being in such need can be a startling spiritual awakening moment. We […]

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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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Tough Questions About God

Each first Sunday for the balance of the year, we are having a lunch after church to discuss tough questions about our religious life. The project coincides with my book, Rethinking Our Story: Can We Still Be Christian in the Quantum Era? Today’s lesson is hopefully priming the “Hey! I have questions” pump to get […]

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Enneagram and Types Review

There are 9 Enneagram types and they are based on 9 sins (ways of “choking off the glory of God”). These have since been reduced to the 7 deadly sins. (Fear and deceit were left out from the 7 deadly sins) These 9 types are numbered 1 through 9 and are clustered into 3 clusters […]

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Tripp Fuller

In this current series of lessons, we’ve been observing how the Christian Church is in a time of upheaval and reformation we haven’t seen for 500 years. If you’re part of NRCC, you see how that is happening here, but today, I invited Tripp Fuller from Homebrewed Christianity (also George’s son) to come speak to […]

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We speak often of the four categories of spiritual practice. Today, we set them before ourselves as we begin the new year.  Let us integrate these practices into our lives together. Have a listen, Doug ps…  download the worksheet you hear about in the lesson HERE    

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NeighborServe: Haiti and HelpOneNow

One of the four essential spiritual practices is serving the well-being of the earth. One of the ways we are helping one another embrace the practices of service is to develop a relationship with the Ferrier Village in Haiti. Today, Nick Errato from HelpOneNow is speaking to us about how our community can be more […]

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Each new year, I think about growth points and change in my life. I bet many of you do as well.  But forget the individual changes set before us or a moment, and let’s consider how we approach change.  In this lesson we think together about the relationship we develop with change itself. Have a […]

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Gratitude: Good for the Soul

We just went through Thanksgiving week.  One would think that the week to talk about gratitude is before the holiday.  However, as you’ll hear in this lesson, gratitude doesn’t stop with words we say. Our ancient tradition teaches us the importance of gratitude being manifest in action, in deed. So have a listen It’ll help […]

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Belonging

by George Fuller Our lives have cycles that happen over and over again. There are unique things that we wish was true about our lives or that we wish we could change. We all have our different dreams. We need to appreciate how beautiful it is to go through different periods of our lives that […]

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The Idea of Identity

by Tim Conder (guest speaker from Emmaus Way, Durham, http://emmausway.net/) How does our language and our culture impact what we think it means to follow God? In churches and faith communities, we tend to privilege “our beliefs” as part of the community identity and use them to include or exclude members of the community. But […]

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Sunday Fun-Day

It's our annual 4th of July-ish hot-dog picnic Sunday.  Today's lesson we have our kids in with us before we celebrate. We are teaching them about the beauty of diversity within a spiritual community.

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Help One Now

by Chris Marlow, the ceo and founder of the non-profit Help One Now (click to read up on them). Help One Now operates in Africa, Haiti and other parts of the world serving the most oppressed there (orphans and vulnerable children).  This is not a cause but a community.  We are long-term partners with friends and […]

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I’ve Been on a Walk

I have been on a 16-day long walk along the MST. The purpose was solitude, quiet and prayer. I tell my story of my walk and the few people I met along the way to the kids at NRCC. by Doug Hammack  

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