We are relational beings. Our overly exuberant, Western reverence for individualism has become toxic, leaving us to believe we must shoulder the world alone. Broaden our well-being concerns beyond “me, my and mine,” and counter-intuitively, each of us becomes a benefactor. We are all bolstered by the well-being of the whole.
Moving from pseudo-community (well-mannered, polite), to authentic community takes intention, discipline, and skill. Creating an environment where authentic community can flourish is essential work of the church. This year, we will refocus on this intention so that we might be strengthened to step into our role as repairers of the earth.
The Industrial Revolution and subsequent urbanization and mechanization of society increased the scale within which we all live, work, and play. As our world has gotten bigger, our sense of agency has shrunk. When we tell ourselves the story that we can’t make a difference, we don’t. Jesus told a
When we find ourselves in dark seasons, our ancient wisdom extends a promise. That in the end, Truth wins. love wins, light triumphs. Not at the end of history, but with recurring regularity throughout history. It happens again and again and again. And this dark time our nation finds itself in…
Many are struggling with despair these days. Our ancients knew something about human nature, and they designed a calendar to remind us to stir hope in the darkest and coldest of times. It was a call to dissolve despair like salt in warm broth. The feast of Christmas points us
Discovering our blind spots is a prerequisite to stepping into our role as repairers of the earth. Before we can challenge our society’s blind spots we have to challenge our own. That’s a good place to start. In this lesson we explore that — and a series of other empowering
Today’s lesson is a personal story… Doug has been making the case in this lesson, that racial inequity is our nation’s “original sin,” and that repairing the harm it causes is our mandate as Christians. Today, he tells the story of how he got there personally, and begins to outline
How shall we be Christian? One important direction our tradition points us . . . repair broken systems that break people. We’ve been saying in this lesson: our broken systems stay broken . . . because they stay invisible. Thus this history section in our lesson Today we explore how
History shows us how things got broken — so we know what needs to be fixed. The systems wounding our society are often invisible . . . but they roll along, year after year, consistently advantaging one group and disadvantaging another. To help us see how to untangle this
When we take a look at the shadowy historical roots of our society’s invisible systems – financial, employment, political, educational, penal – they stop being invisible. Unseen, our systems consistently advantage one group and disadvantage another. This is the very embodiment of the broken world Jesus calls us to
To get us ready for our upcoming lesson, “Rethinking Race,” here are some of the ways our community has been getting ready to step into our role as a repairers of the earth. It is a long list and it’s good news! We also explore specific opportunities within our city
During this time, one of the best ways that we recognize and interact with members of our community is via the Contacts list. Please take a moment, go to the website and add yourself if you have not already. Add Me to the Contact List Under Resources, simply select “Add
What shall we do after that? How shall we practice our religion now? What does it mean to be Christian today?
Forgiveness is a bedrock of the spiritual tradition tradition. If we don’t take it up, who will? But, forgiveness is tough! To be actually able to do it, requires a training regimen. We must till the soil of our wounds with small-step practices. One first-step exercise is to pray for one who
Forgiveness is a skill that must be developed. It takes courage and strength, but when you engage in the process, you give yourself the gift of freedom – freedom from bitterness, freedom from allowing an incident continually harm you. Listen as we explore the 4-fold skill of forgiving.
It is nearly impossible for us to go directly from hated to love. The usual path is to go from hatred to resentment while telling ourselves that we should be loving. A healthier path is from hatred to non-hatred, from non-hatred to understanding, from understanding to acceptance and so forth.