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Progressive Christians

Jesus Wasn't On The Right...or Left

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Edwin Leap, MD

These are contentious times when it comes to the junction of religious faith and politics. Whether the issue is poverty, same-sex marriage or abortion, there is remarkable division even within the Christian world.

Jim Gaffigan 'Comes Out' As A Progressive Christian In His New Show -- And It's Comedic Gold | Jack Jenkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

Sometimes, the only way to understand religion is to laugh at it. Or so argues the first episode of stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan’s new show, aptly...

Eight 'Bible-Believing' Churches vs. One Progressive Church

John Shore | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
John Shore

As you may have heard, eight churches of various Protestant denominations in Fountain Hills, Ariz., have put aside their usual interchurch rivalries and come together in order to combat an enemy common to them all: progressive Christianity.

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week.

We've Seen Megachurch. But How About Micro-Church?

Rev. Emily M. D. Scott | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily M. D. Scott

What happens around tables designed to encourage the people of God to see one another, face to face? I would argue that justice, too, begins on a micro-scale at our church.

Why Do Progressive Religious Institutions Support Conservative Muslims? Part 1

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

Where are the progressive/moderate Muslim voices? That is a question progressive Muslims often hear. We are present and have been speaking up for years but first a brief description what makes one a progressive versus a conservative Muslim community.

Claiming the Name of Jesus in Lent: Why One Progressive Christian Does It

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Moderate to progressive Christians aren't the ones in the news talking negatively about women, and gays, and evolution. But we're also not the ones in the news talking about women, and gays, and evolution in positive ways, either.

Lent: Mud Season And Letting Things Get Messy

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I've often found that the most vital churches are the places that do Lent the best. They're the places that don't shy away from acknowledging the messiness of the spiritual life.

Jews, Evangelicals And 2012: The Sky Is Not Falling

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.04.2012 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

Unquestionably, there is a dark, fundamentalist side to American evangelicalism. They plot to use their political influence to push the U.S. in a theocratic direction. If they could. The thing is, they can't.

The Mild Goose Festival?

John Shore | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
John Shore

I recently enjoyed a coffeehouse get-together with Gareth Higgins, founder of the Wild Goose Festival. He had been kind enough to ask to meet with me by way of extending to me an invitation to speak at Wild Goose 2012.

Preaching The Green Gospel

Rev. Roger Wolsey | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Rev. Roger Wolsey

"Green Church" is a wake up call and challenge for Christians of all stripes to set aside their petty doctrinal differences in order to reclaim our original mandate: to care for creation.

The New Evangelical Alliance Waiting To Happen

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Not that the evangelical old guard hasn't served others, but we are seeing a seismic shift in emphasis to one where it's all about translating belief into righteous action on behalf of others.

You Might Be A Progressive Christian If...

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Please keep in mind that I do not think that everyone need be one, but that there is a growing number of people who yearn for a drastically different approach to being the Body of Christ.

Houston Clergy Council Opposes Rick Perry's 'Response' Prayer Rally

Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion

The Houston Chronicle reports that a progressive Christian group in Houston, the Houston Clergy Council, has issued a letter criticizing Governor Rick...

Beck, Nazis and Civil Dialogue

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Wallis

For Beck to accuse all the preachers or religious leaders who have advised Obama on any issue of being like the Nazi corruption of the church, and on a course that "ends in mass death," is the worst kind of civil poison.

When We Superimpose Our Parents on God

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Jesus doesn't show us a God who is harsh, punishing, aloof, and vindictive. He presents a God possessed of qualities directly contrary to those, a God who loves as God alone can: absolutely, unconditionally, unmitigatedly, freely.

Prop 8, Judge Walker And The Biblical View Of Marriage Equality

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

If marriage is good for society, and equality is the ethical basis for marriage, then gender difference is irrelevant. Marriage equality is good for everyone, including Bible believing Christians.

Getting in Front of Jesus: The Politics of Progressive Christianity (Part II)

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

The story of Jesus might have been different if Joseph and Mary had been sent back to Israel from Egypt because they were considered "undocumented workers," or worse, "illegal aliens."

God Is a Verb

Jason Derr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jason Derr

God is not a force who acts on the world through coercion, violence or the suspension of physics and free will. God is a verb, an action we bring to the world to make love, justice, mercy, joy and goodness known.

Getting in Front of Jesus: The Politics of Progressive Christianity (Part I)

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

I argue for a progressive Christianity that extends the meaning and mission of Jesus into the present and future, rather than promoting an obsession with the past.

Nice Christians: We're Out There

Austin Carty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

We want the world to know we're out there: Christians who prefer peace and social justice over political capital. Christians who don't measure self-worth by whether we're able to convince you to see things our way.

Clergy Support Marriage Equality

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Oftentimes pastors face great criticism for striving on behalf of the LGBT community, risking their comfortable careers and livelihoods: pastors can be thrown out of their churches or they can endanger their professional status. So why do we do it?

Christianizing the Health Care Debate

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Christianizing the health care debate means applying the inspiring power of religion to promote self sacrifice and compassion in one of the most pressing issues of our time.