Proclaiming Pronounced Progress in the Progressive Church Family!
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by Rev. Roger Wolsey
5d ago
Over the past 45 years, numerous mainline Protestant denominations in the United States have come to adopt progressive stances regarding the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and authorizing ordained clergy to conduct wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. Such denominations include: The Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church USA; The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; the American Baptist Churches USA; the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and the Community of Christ. For decades, the United Methodist Church has been a notable outlier. With 7 million memb ..read more
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The Tail That Keeps on Flopping
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by Rev. David M. Felten
1w ago
“We have got our harpoon into the monster, but we must still take uncommon care, or else by a single flop of his tail, he will send us all to eternity.” -Abraham Lincoln on the Confederacy On April 15th, 1862, the Westernmost battle of the Civil War took place just North of Tucson, Arizona, at a place called Picacho Peak. Scouting for a larger force coming from California to run the Confederates out of Tucson, a dozen Union cavalry surprised a Confederate picket of 12 cavalry. A 90-minute skirmish broke out. Three Union soldiers were killed, two Confederates were wounded, and two Confederates ..read more
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Radically You
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by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine
3w ago
Today, I want to talk about one of my modern-day heroes, Alok V. Menon, known as ALOK. ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed poet, comedian, public speaker, and actor. I’ll add prophet. ALOK speaks brave truth to power and firmly holds themself in compassion and love. They are able to transform attacks of hate and bigotry into a blessing of love offered back. In ALOK hate dies and love is resurrected. They are magical and funny. Incredibly artistic and talented. And over and over again they reclaim their right and radical desire to be fully authentically themselves. And to continue ..read more
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Progressive Christian Visibility Day
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by Rev. Jim Burklo
1M ago
That great defender of the faith, Don Trump, responding in faux outrage to the fact that Trans Visibility Day happened to coincide with Easter this year, declared that Election Day 2024 should be “Christian Visibility Day.” As if Christians have a visibility problem in America today. Drive through Simi Valley, the town where the church I serve is located, and you’ll find a great deal of Christian visibility. Churches are everywhere—even here in California, the Bible Shoestring of America. But in Simi Valley, one of the very few places you’ll experience trans visibility or LGBTQ+ visibility in ..read more
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The Aquinas Nobody (or Hardly Anybody) Knows
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by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox
1M ago
The year 2024 marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Aquinas and the 750th anniversary of his death.  To celebrate these events this year, the creation spirituality movement in America and Italy are sponsoring a one-week workshop in Orvieto, Italy. Orvieto is an artist town today as it was 750 years ago—Aquinas wrote poetry and theology and taught there for a while.  It is amazing to reflect on the quantity and quality of his work that was accomplished in a lifetime that spanned only 49 years on this earth. It has been my privilege to absorb the teachings of Aquinas in my ..read more
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Timeless Womb
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by Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.
1M ago
What does that mean, “the son of God”?… It means giving birth to me in the sense that is my ground – it’s what constitutes me. It means that the divine, the God presence, is here, and out of this God presence, something individual emerges, something personal. These words were written by A.H. Almaas in his new book, Nondual Love: Awakening to the Loving Nature of Reality. I would say wholeheartedly yes to Almaas’s understanding of “the son of God.” But his awareness, while beautifully expressed, is neither original nor unique, and that is important to know. Scholars have debated for decades w ..read more
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Evangelicals Support of Trump Renders Christianity Unrecognizable
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by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz
2M ago
Who is Donald Trump?  As our nation prepares for another contentious presidential election seven months from now, the cult and menace of Donald Trump continue to loom large on the horizon.  It would be hard to imagine a more dishonest, corrupt, and unfit candidate for President of the United States.  And still, this is the man conservative-evangelical Christians stand behind as the next occupant of the White House.  MSNBC just had an interview with the former Prime Minister of Australia who has observed Trump on the world stage.  He said, in the presence of Vladimir Pu ..read more
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Spending Words
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by Rev. Gretta Vosper
2M ago
  And some win peace who spend The skill of words to sweeten despair Of finding consolation where Life has but one dark end.                                                                   from “The Riddlers” by Walter de la Mare   I missed my deadline. In the pa ..read more
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Holy Week
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by Dr. Carl Krieg
2M ago
There are many events included in what Christians call Holy Week. The Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus overthrowing the tables of the Temple money-changers, his soulful prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane asking the Father to spare him crucifixion if it be His will, having a Last Supper with his disciples, betrayal, and arrest, appearing before the Jewish High Council, appearing before Pilate, all of this culminating in his crucifixion and resurrection. As one might expect, there is a great variety of opinion about the historicity and meaning of these “events”, due, no doubt, to the nature of our so ..read more
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Choosing the Kin-dom: Benefits of Relinquishment
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by Rev. Lauren Van Ham
2M ago
A dominant message, at least in Western media, is that we deserve better and we will get there.  For the profanely privileged or perpetually oppressed, modernity and capitalism peddle fixes for all, if we just vote right.  Comical?  Delusional?  Enraging?  Out of touch?  Exhausting? Yes.  And you probably have more words to add. To think that we can isolate and fix our struggles with no regard for our interrelatedness perpetuates harm and pain. The late Thomas Berry, Passionist priest and self-professed “geologian,” famously reminded us that we are not a “col ..read more
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