By Jarred White As a black man fresh out of seminary in a mostly white spiritual community and asked to give my first message on the topic of racism, it is needless to say that this was not easy to write. Hip hop music has been one of the most racially controversial topics of the […]
by John Pavlovitz Jesus told his disciples a story about sheep and shepherds; the sheep know the shepherd’s voice and He referred to himself as the gate through which the sheep enter. After I first went into ministry, I was pressed with deep theological questions that I was not supposed to ask publicly. I had […]
We have our annual one-day seminar on the enneagram coming up (always the first Saturday after Labor Day). We’ll be forming our enneagram groups the, to carry us through May. To get us ready, today Robin Camu speaks on how powerfully the enneagram, in the context of authentic community, promotes spiritual growth. Have a listen.
By Scott Bass We have a saying in our community that “It is our way to lose our way…” Losing our way is sometimes a good thing. The mystical experience is not part of most Christian’s journeys these days. We don’t see “the wilderness” or aimless wandering as a good thing in today’s goal-oriented culture. But spending time […]
by Chris Greabe Everyone has their own story about how they got to NRCC. Everyone’s wilderness journey is also a bit different, and many of us are still on that journey. Here is a bit of my own journey and what NRCC means to me.
A commitment to service is one essential part of a healthy spiritual ecosystem. But service absent discernment can, at best, waste resources, at worst, cause harm. For many years the discernment was that NRCC was to focus upon building the other parts of the spiritual ecosystem. Today, the call is to step into our place […]
The ancient myth of Sophia and her daughters illuminates a deep truth. The Way of Wisdom (Sophia) gives birth to the daughters, Faith (Fides), Hope (Spes), and Charity (Caritas). When we apply ourselves to the Way of Wisdom — when we take up the spiritual practices, the fruit of our journey is a new orienting principle […]
When we tend to the inner life, the fruit we bear is Love. Modern standards might think love a fool because it bears all things kindly. It does not boast or envy or keep score. But when we know the Divine within, we become capacitated to love fully, not because others have earned our love, […]
This week we discuss the Jewish heroine Esther who despite her youth, sweetness, lack of wisdom and traditional power, leveraged what she knew about the spiritual journey. She helps us see how counter-cultural spiritual power really is. Esther calls her people to to essential spiritual principles: quietness and togetherness. Exercising these principles, the Jews are spared. […]
See what we did there!? “counter” and “counter.” Same word, two meanings. Now that’s big-time pun fun, people! In today’s lesson, we imagine the conversation Jesus had with his disciples as he sent them to do their part healing the world. “Don’t act too magnificent,” he told them. “Travel light,” he told them. When the establishment […]
NRCC’s journey began many years ago, desconstructing Enlightenment-Era church. After that, we began reconstructing a way to be Christian in the Quantum Era. Along the way, among the writings and practices of our ancient Christian Mothers and Fathers, we found a set of transformative spiritual tools . They help us become spiritual elders in the […]
Our sexual ground rules no longer serve us well. We developed them when we were agrarian and industrial societies. Now we live longer, we enter puberty earlier, and we marry later. Now, there is an average 15 year gap between sexual maturity and marriage. It is time to reconsider how we frame healthy sexuality for our […]
All signs point to the fact that we are not handling our sexuality well. When we reduce sex to “the act” and miss its much broader context, we also reduce our experiences and relationships. Have a listen, Doug
Our Bill of Rights enshrines four essential, socio-political freedoms… – The freedom to speak and say what we think – The freedom to write and publish what we think – The freedom to assemble together and work toward changes we want – The freedom to worship in any form we want But there are freedoms that […]
Jesus gave us a handful of really straightforward things to do… Love God. Love people. But as long as false identities define the “me” that I think I am, I’ll take off to follow those straightforward things — and screw them up badly. All we have to do, is do the right thing, but do […]