|Open the Doors
of Your Heart
"We need not think alike to love alike."
MAY 19, 2007
EVENTS THIS SUMMER
Dr. Patricia A. Williams to Lead Workshop on Christianity and Science.
First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethton, Tennessee
MAY 27, 2007
Over 57 TCPC Affiliate Churches and other organizations world-wide are participating in Pluralism Sunday. Click here for a list of how some have decided to celebrate.
JUNE 30, 2007
Vital Worship for Progressive Christianity, PSR Summer Session
Pacific School of Religion
AUGUST 3, 2007
Join the folks from God & Gays: Bridging the Gap
for this HISTORICAL
UNITY IS OUR IDENTITY.
The old Sanctuary Movement mobilized churches to shelter
refugees seeking asylum from the Central American wars of the 1980's. The
new movement seeks to protect immigrants from the current oppressive crackdown
by the government.
A Review by Jim Burklo
Jesus for the Non-Religious
By: John Shelby Spong
(Harper SF 2007)
member, TCPC Executive Council
pastor, Sausalito Presbyterian Church
With a coroner's scalpel of scholarship, John Shelby Spong autopsies the corpse
of doctrinal Christianity. In Jesus for the Non-Religious, he cuts away
at the miracle stories and dissects the myths and the theological constructs
that were written into the texts of the gospels. His quest is to reveal
the Jesus of history.
Spong reveals a Jesus who crosses the borders between insiders and outsiders,
Jews and gentiles, male and female, clean and unclean, sacred and profane, and
leads us through to the other side of chauvinism. This Jesus reveals, by
his own action and example, the way that divinity can be found in
humanity. This Jesus was so present, so whole, so free, so devoted to
justice and compassion, that he filled his followers with remarkable hope and
courage even after his crucifixion by the Romans. This Jesus inspires
John Shelby Spong so deeply that he holds hope for a Christianity devoid of
many of its most commonly-cherished beliefs.
"I am convinced that a God the mind rejects will never be a god that the heart
will adore," writes Spong in Jesus for the Non-Religious, his latest
Click here to finish the review and view other Library Items.
|TCPC PRESIDENT, FRED PLUMER WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE COMMON DREAMS CONFERENCE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
August 16-19, 2007
Religion as a Transforming Agent
An international gathering of religious progressives to affirm the contribution of reasonable and tolerant religion to public discourse in our
Sydney Australia · 16-19 August
This international gathering
will draw together people from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world to explore ways that
progressive religion, including progressive expressions of other religious
traditions besides Christianity, can contribute positively to the common good
so that religion enhances human life rather than diminishing it. Bishop John Shelby Spong, TCPC President Fred Plumer, and Rev Stephanie Dowrick will join with other
local and international speakers offering keynote addresses and facilitating
small group sessions.
Click here for the Common Dreams website
Click here for more information
Sample Liturgy for Pluralism Sunday and the Progressive Christian Church or Community.
O God of all the nations, you have called us into an ever
deepening relationship with you. Through the foundations laid in Egypt
and Mesopotamia; through the law and the prophets of Judaism; through
the evangelism of the Apostles; through the philosophy of the Greeks;
through the mysticism of the Celts; through the insight of Hinduism;
through the compassion of Buddhism; through the tolerance of Islam;
through the understanding of oneness with the natural world of Native
Spirituality; our Christian Faith has been fed, enriched, and deepened.
Grant that we may always seek to know you better through conversation
with, and learning from, your other great faith traditions. This we ask
in the name of the cosmic and universal Christ, who is always and
everywhere the incarnation of your mind, your word, your love. Amen.
For this and other inspirational liturgy for Pluralism Sunday, click here.
To register for Pluralism Sunday or for more information, click here.
Dear TCPC Friends,
Almost any time I do a speaking engagement or workshop these
days I am asked the same question: "So where is the spirituality in progressive Christianity?" It does appear that people are
more comfortable today, talking about something they think of as spirituality.
According to the polls more and more people report that they are not
"religious" but they consider themselves "spiritual." I would suggest this
indicates that there is a growing hunger for spiritual expressions that local
churches are not satisfying.
To me one of the most important aspects of spirituality within the Progressive Christian realm is understanding that all human beings are interconnected. You cannot love and serve with a compassionate heart without
eventually seeing those whom you are serving as your brother, your sister, your
mother, your father, or eventually as yourself, even when it is "the least of
these" who you serve. But if we do our serving because we feel that it
something we are supposed to do "because the Bible says we should" or "because
that is what Jesus did according to scripture," or because it is our "duty," we
only separate ourselves more from the others. On the other hand, if we see our compassionate
service as an opportunity to experience the "Realm of God" or "Sacred Unity"
then our compassionate actions or practices become golden opportunities.
Felix Adler the Jewish philosopher once wrote: "The unique personality which is the real
life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual
quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine
quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the
innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to
May your days be filled with laughter, light, and delight.
The Center For Progressive Christianity
To read the rest of the above article, "Nurturing a Progressive Christian Spirituality" which was published in the magazine, The Progressive Christian, (published here with permission) click here.
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