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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Cultivating Your Garden of Love

by Robin Camu When we shame ourselves, scorn ourselves or procrastinate, we are choosing to not love ourselves.  When we don’t properly cultivate love within us, it makes it more difficult to unconditionally love those around us.  Instead, how can we use the love put within us to love ourselves and others? Have a listen.

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Restorative Justice

by Jon Powell Restorative Justice is different from our traditional court and prison justice system (which is punitive justice). This is an overview of the Restorative Justice community in Wake County, what we do and how anyone can get involved.

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A Tough Class . . . We CAN’T Fail!

Turns out, this is rocket science. And we have to pass the class! Our world is desperate for religious people to take their place as repairers of the earth. We must move beyond the marketing machine narrative selling us an us-against-them narrative, and take our place as the conscience of our society, modeling love and justice for all.

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Throwing Good Metaphors after Bad

Apologies for the quality of the audio this week.  There were problems with the recording equipment. God is too big to contain in words, images, or metaphors. When you reach the boundaries of one metaphor, trying another will add somethings but lose others. This is why we cannot get past our need for discernment which […]

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The Dangers of Fixing our Metaphors

We cannot contain God. Our words and images are metaphors, incomplete at best. When we believe and insist they reflect more than a fleeting glimpse of a reality we cannot contain, they stop helping and start damaging . . . us . . . and others.

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