All Roads Lead to the Golden Rule

Study any religion and you will encounter the Golden Rule. There is no way forward from all that divides us but this. It is as simple . . . and difficult . . . as that. (special thanks to Norman Rockwell)

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Stirring Up … Our Gratitude Attitude

Our brains have a negative bias. We must be intentional in stirring gratitude, or we can easily zombie through life missing everyday light and love. Stirring gratitude is a simple spiritual practice that returns to us twenty-fold.

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Serving . . . Serves Us

Our independent Western instincts lead us away from connectedness. When we feel lonely, isolated and depressed, we focus on fixing ourselves. But counter-intuitively, self-focus only makes us more miserable. When we give ourselves in service to others, we heal ourselves in the process.

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Dying to Connect

Americans are lonely people. Our lack of connectedness is literally killing us. The physical effects of loneliness include depression, anxiety, cardio vascular stress and suppressed immune systems. As technological and cultural trends move us further away from true connection, we must intentionally move toward it. The last part of the lesson is a video about […]

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The Connection Connection

Our well-being is connected — to our connection — to others. And — our most powerful connections, are with those we think of as “the other.” When “they” become “us,” a deep source of our fear and anxiety is eliminated.

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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Our Western instincts tend to view meditation as passivity in a world needing action. But no! Meditation helps us detach from agendas, anger, ego, and fear . . .  so we can be active in the world. It helps bring our healthy selves, our loving selves to action. It gives us a chance . . […]

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Repentance, Reconciliation, Redemption — Redux

Often cringeworthy words for those who grew up in church, these ancient practices, when stripped to their essential purpose, can enliven our spiritual journeys. We believe they deserve a resurrection. Note: some folks found the introduction to the lesson triggering…  some found it calming and reassuring. You’ll need to decide.

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When you see what you hadn’t seen, your life can turn significantly. Turn from thought ruts and defeating habits. At NRCC, we use a worksheet to help us see what we hadn’t. And it’s true! Our lives do turn around. The ancients called the process “repentance.” They called it “confession.” Strip out the baggage those […]

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Grace, Pace and Place

When church is healthy, its place in society is to take the lead in helping, healing and hoping. Grace is needed at North Raleigh Community Church as we find the appropriate pace with which to step into our place.

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