|Pluralism Sunday 2008
|The Center For Progressive Christianity Announces
On Pentecost Sunday, May 11, 2008, churches around the
world will dedicate their worship to a celebration of our interfaith
world. Progressive Christians thank God for religious diversity! We
don't claim that our religion is superior to all others. We can grow
closer to God and deeper in compassion-and we can understand our own
traditions better-through a greater awareness of the world's religions.
Last year's event, on May 27, 2007, was celebrated in Christian churches in the United States, England, Australia, and
Canada. This year, we expect even more congregations to participate.
If you are doing anything to participate in this international event,
please send in the press release below to your local papers. This is a unique opportunity for outreach.
If you haven't done so already- Now is the time to sign your church up for this special event! It can be just one part of your regular service- a reading, a dance, or within the sermon-or you can use the opportunity to celebrate pluralism throughout the entire service. Check out the Pluralism Sunday website for ideas and a wealth of resources.
We are asking that churches interested in participating email our Pluralism Sunday Coordinator, Rev. Jim Burklo,
with your name, your church and denomination, mailing address, and
church website address, and also with your plans for holding the event
in your church.
|Press Release Template for Local Newspapers
Church, at _____________, will celebrate Pluralism Sunday on May 11 at _____ am in worship - in recognition that other religions may be as good for others as their faith is good for them. The worship service will include ________(elements of other faiths, etc -describe your event), honoring the religious diversity of the world.
They will join other Christian churches around the world in this event. Pluralism Sunday is initiated by The Center for Progressive Christianity,
www.tcpc.org. It is a network of over 5000 affiliates
and nearly 400 churches nationwide which have adopted a "Welcome
Statement" that affirms that other religions can be as good for their followers as Christianity is for Christians. Churches in Britain, Australia and New Zealand are also participating in Pluralism Sunday. "We don't claim that our religion
is superior to all others. Instead, we celebrate that we can grow closer to God
and grow deeper in compassion, and we can understand our own traditions better, through a deeper awareness of the world's religions," says Rev. Jim Burklo, the event's national coordinator.
For more information about Pluralism
Sunday, see its website: www.pluralismsunday.org, and contact:________________ (your church website, contact person name, email, phone)
Contact: Rev. Jim Burklo, coordinator, Pluralism Sunday, for The Center for Progressive Christianity: email@example.com - 415-847-8997
|An Outreach Opportunity for Progressive Churches
Participating churches are profiled in TCPC's publicity releases,
creating an evangelism opportunity for your congregation. Also, by sending in the above press release to your local newspaper, you are giving new and interested church attendees a rare opportunity- to attend a church that is OPEN to the wisdom of other religions. The number of
people visiting the TCPC website
is topping 60,000 per month
these days, many of those people are looking for churches like yours.
Also, you may want to consider affiliating -or re-affiliating- with TCPC to have your church listed on our website. We have had many churches tell of a major- up to 40%- increase in interest once they have listed their church on TCPC.org
. You can do so here: AFFILIATE
PLANS FOR MAY 11, 2008, PLURALISM SUNDAY - PENTECOSTWe understand that this celebration falls upon two special occasions: Pentecost and Mothers Day. However, we don't feel that these need to be mutually exclusive. Think of the true meaning of Pentecost- people from different perspectives and different languages were able to communicate with open hearts. Mothers around the world practicing different spiritual paths being honored for their universal role of true compassion. Pluralism Sunday can also be celebrated on any other day. Last year we had over 65 churches share their experiences with us. We would love to hear your stories and plans for this year! Please email Jim Burklo at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some examples of plans for this year:
The Prince of Peace Progressive Christian Alliance in Anniston,
Alabama, will participate in pluralism Sunday at 3:00 PM at 4 Lanier
Place with a service that will include readings from the Muslim and
Buddhist traditions, and hopes to have a guest speaker from a local
First Congregational Church, UCC, of Phoenix, AZ, will use the
Pentecost event and texts "God's Spirit poured out on all flesh" in
worship, as well as using the relevant passage of the Phoenix
Affirmations (www.CrosswalkAmerica.org ), in the sermon, prayers, and
preface for communion.
Mizpah United Church of Christ in Hopkins, MN, will do a pulpit
exchange with Bet Shalom Temple (Jewish) on Fri, May 9, and Sunday, May
The Congregational Church of Fullerton, UCC, in Fullerton, CA will be participating in Pluralism Sunday at another date: Sunday, July
20, 2008, including people from the local Buddhist community to
participate in worship and be part of a forum on Christian-Buddhist
beliefs and relations.
Barbara Currie, pastor of the Congregational Church in Deering, NH,
will preach about how Jesus is the church's gate to God, yet there are
other equally important and creditable gates to God for other people.
Epiphany Community Universalist Unitarian Church of Fenton,
Michigan, will participate again this year. Anne Lerche, the pastor,
says that they "have invited a Zen Buddhist with a Christian background
to be the preacher that day so that we can experience the similarities
of our faith paths."
|About The Center For Progressive Christianity and Pluralism Sunday
Visit pluralismsunday.org for a list of for a list of Resources for worship, a list of Children's Resources, a list of Participating Churches and their plans, and much more.Visit tcpc.org to affiliate, to view our 8 points of Progressive Christianity, to shop our store, to read articles, book reviews, or to donate.We look forward to hearing your inspiring stories.
|The Center For Progressive Christianity
Rev. Jim Burklo, TCPC Board Secretary
coordinator, Pluralism Sunday
email@example.com - 415-847-8997
|The Center For Progressive Christianity
Fred Plumer, TCPC President