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 knotted
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 be
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.
Loving our enemy. Was Jesus serious? We Christians generally ignore this verse because we simply cannot see our way there. We are encouraged to begin this 1000-mile journey with a single step. We enable ourselves through a process of working our circle of spiritual practices – communal, contemplative, service and learning.
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
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