• Ego and The Spirit

    Second Christian Congregational Church (Downstairs)

    If Spirit is the expansive and generous aspect of human personality and Ego the narrow and self-centered one, then it would seem the two are mutually exclusive. But are they really, and do they have to be? In this session, our last before we break for the summer, we'll consider the relationship of the two in light of the more notable egos of our lives and times. (And yes, names may be named!) How does one be both Spiritual and a Self? Let's talk about it, Sunday night, at Night Kitchen!

  • The Inner Work of Humility

    Second Christian Congregational Church (Downstairs)

    Well it’s happened again: another high profile achiever (this time, Tiger Woods) has been “humbled” by his own superhuman achievement and the Presidential recognition that followed. So is it possible the word “humbling” means something different to the Great than to the rest of us? What are our favorite humbling experiences, and between ours and Tiger’s notion, what’s the common thread? Just in time for Mother’s Day, let’s talk about it, this Sunday night, at Night Kitchen!

  • Belonging and Identity

    Second Christian Congregational Church (Downstairs)

    Traditionally, clan membership is an accident of birth. But depending on how you define it, "tribe" can be a matter of choice. Over and above literal kind, to what tribes do we belong, and why? In what ways do they shape or reflect our identity - and from a spiritual perspective, how are they working? Let's talk about it, Sunday night, at Night Kitchen.

  • Truth on Trial

    Second Christian Congregational Church (Downstairs)

    A Southern governor fends off calls for his resignation after admitting his role in a 35 year-old racist yearbook stunt, and days later, a Hollywood A-List actor takes almost as much heat for owning up to racist sentiments some forty years in his past. One man acted, the other one fantasized, and in many quarters, it seems, both men are being held to equal account. Is this reaction fair, or wise? Are certain emotions too vile to acknowledge, even in a spirit of contrition? If Yes, when, and what other escapes from the hell of our 'hates' remain open to us? We need to talk about it - don’t we? - at Night Kitchen.

  • The Return of Night Kitchen!

    Second Christian Congregational Church (Downstairs)

    As the year turns and conversations turn towards New Year's resolutions, the subject of Change seems newly relevant. Is lasting change even possible? How do we know? What are the obstacles? What insights (spiritual or otherwise) have we found to be helpful in past pursuits of change? It's a rich subject, before we even get to the question of institutional change. (But we might!) So please come, share your thoughts, and meet other thoughtful people at Night Kitchen.

  • Let's Take an Updated Approach to the Life and Teachings of Jesus!

    Sunday night in Portsmouth: One of the many “inconvenient truths” of the Bible is Jesus' tendency to refer to God, supposedly disembodied Spirit, as Father. If this relation were literal, as many Christians still believe, then what are the implications, and how do they affect our ability to relate to Jesus as human? If poetic, then how do such gender-bound metaphors expand and limit our thinking about God? And what do they mean for the future of the church? Let's talk about it, building community as we go, at Night Kitchen!

  • Let's Take an Updated Approach to the Life and Teachings of Jesus!

    Night Kitchen cooks again! Subject TBA (for a change). So I guess you could call it a potluck, except that you don't have to bring anything!Same time and place: Karnan House, 206 Court St., Portsmouth, at 7:15. I'm talkin' Sunday the 9th - which, in a literal sense, leaves us just one week to contemplate the eternally relevant pre-Easter Jesus!

  • Let's take an updated approach to the life and teachings of Jesus!

    This Sunday Night at Night Kitchen: “Born Again”? A metaphor, it seems obvious, for a spiritual vs. physical event, and a major one at that. So at what point did the phrase become the exclusive property of fundamentalist Christians, considering that even they don’t take it literally? What stops Progressives from taking the expression back – from giving it, so to speak, a second birth? And what if we did? Let's talk about it, and build community in the process, at Night Kitchen.

  • In honor of Epiphany, let's explore the stars WE follow--and why.

    What kind of grown men follow someone’s star “at its rising”? Who were the Magi, really? And what could the acceptance of their “special knowledge” by the author of Matthew’s Gospel be trying to tell us about the nature of the Divine? That’s just our jumping off point this coming Sunday at Night Kitchen. Please come to where love/hate relationships with the “Faith of Our Fathers” have a home!