by Doug Hammack | Oct 13, 2019
We owe folks an apology! Some of our society's worst instincts around sexuality, draw from blueprints the church drew up -- 1800 years ago. If we're going to offer anything as our society is rethinking sexuality (and we have some good stuff to offer), we have to go...
by Doug Hammack | Oct 6, 2019
When we diminish how much of our humanity falls under the heading "making love," without realizing we're doing it, we cut out whole swaths of human experience. And... We suffer the loss of elders in our society. In this lesson, I'll suggest the two are linked. Have a...
by Doug Hammack | Sep 29, 2019
by Doug Hammack | Sep 22, 2019
After a long summer lesson that evoked more than a little emotion (read controversy), I'm ready for some smooth sailing. So of course, let's talk about rethinking how church approaches sex ed. And in particular, let's talk about how our community came to be fully...
by Doug Hammack | Sep 15, 2019
The exercise we're doing this morning is important enough to spend Sunday morning, breaking into circles, wrestling with the questions of pain and pressure here in Wake County. That's how we'll discern the work before us (along with other congregations in our city),...
by Doug Hammack | Sep 8, 2019
Today's lesson is a story about a white supremacist and some Jewish college kids. The rest of the lesson is context-setting; why this story matters to our community. I hope you'll have a listen. Doug
by Doug Hammack | Sep 1, 2019
Here. Now. Small. Doable. How often do we repeat those simple guidelines? We repeat them so often, because again and again, they are how we access ancient wisdom. And building the power necessary to change the world -- no exception. Have a listen.
by Robin Camu | Aug 30, 2019
by Doug Hammack | Aug 20, 2019
One of our brain's evolved survival mechanisms is the proclivity to externalize our troubles and assign them to "the other." It may have been a helpful survival strategy in hunter-gatherer bands thousands of years ago... But now? In a globalized society? Toxic! ...
by John Pavlovitz | Aug 11, 2019
John Pavlovitz bring us a very relevant message about how to approach upcoming turbulence.
by Doug Hammack | Aug 7, 2019
Doug's message from Aug 4.
by Doug Hammack | Jul 30, 2019
Triggering environments are not going away. Our world has gotten more connected. We can't stay in our divided little groups, so we no longer have the luxury of living in homogeneous bubbles. It’s time to build our relational skills so we can participate in changing...
by Doug Hammack | Jul 23, 2019
Our brains evolved to keep us safe in hunter-gatherer bands on the Serengeti. Features of a brain designed for safety there, don't necessarily work well for us here. Unconscious bias is one of those "safety" features. But the spiritual journey invites us to access a...
by Doug Hammack | Jul 16, 2019
Our brains evolved to trick us into automatic choices for survival. Those choices don’t fit very well into our modern context. We gain freedom of choice through our spiritual practices.
by Doug Hammack | Jul 9, 2019
by Doug Hammack | Jul 2, 2019
We cannot “put on” love, goodness, courage. We must become them if we want to change the world. It’s not easy, but it is simple. See how.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 25, 2019
Outrage will fuel change -- but not for very long. If we want to change deeply rooted systems that cause harm, we must be the kind of people who can function in that demanding environment. Turns out, many generations of spiritual people before us, figured that out....
by Doug Hammack | Jun 19, 2019
If we follow Jesus, serving those hurt by oppressive systems is our work. But Jesus also taught us to change the systems that hurt people in the first place. If we want to change the world, the job before us is to rebalance our win-lose systems.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 10, 2019
by Doug Hammack | Jun 4, 2019
Meditation is an essential practice on the spiritual journey. But it challenges all our established internal habits. That means to gain the benefits of the practice, we need to develop some complementary skills -- staying when we want to leave -- seeing when we want...
by Doug Hammack | May 30, 2019
The practice of spiritual detachment helps us cut through our false self to excavate our deepest desires and to set about attaining them.
by Doug Hammack | May 22, 2019
When we find ourselves looking into the abyss, we struggle to reverse course because our path there was unconscious. Spiritual practices help us to “wake up”, observe our false-selves and discern the next right step.
by Doug Hammack | May 14, 2019
A fearless inventory of how you spend time -- and money... These are powerful spiritual tools. They tell us if our actions line up with what we want to be our values. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | May 7, 2019
Sermon from NRCC on 5 May 2019