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CrossRoads in the Wilderness: A New Rite of Passage for Christian Men
Aug 13, 2008: James Park, Colorado
The Death of Jesus: Destiny or Disaster?
Sep 27, 2008: Silverside Church
North Wilmington, MA
National Forgiveness Day Power Of Forgiveness Rallies
Oct 12, 2008: Churches & Communities In The United States
Liberty Center, OH
Conference of Emerging and Experienced Leaders in The Progressive Christian Faith Movement
Nov 14, 2008: Dunrovin Retreat Center
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THE FIRST LIBERAL,
A secular look at Jesus' socio- political ideas and how they became the basis of Modern Liberalism
by: Dennis Martin Altman
The Bible Belt states all rank unfavorably among the
fifty states in terms of income, health, and education. However, they
continually vote to keep things just the way they are. Illogical as it
may seem, the BB regularly elects politicians who short-change them in
terms of their greatest needs. What's wrong with this picture?Republican politicians have learned the secret of convincing the poor,
rural people of the Southern states to vote against their own best
interests and keep conservative candidates in power. They court poor
Southerners because they're easy. They vote emotionally. They respond
to candidates who aggrandize the military, wave the flag, and belittle
those who rely on welfare payments.The possibility of raising social awareness is the stuff of life to
Progressive Christians and humanists. And since every journey begins
with a single step, such is the purpose of this book.
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Article: Myth-Busting the Christian Right
By: Terri Murray
Christian right's pundits present this set of abstract concepts - moral
"values," sanctity of life, and Christianity - as their core values. Over and
over again they have successfully framed complex issues as oppositions between
these core values and their opponent's position. This has worked partly
because, instead of engaging in an analysis of these concepts, they equate them
with a set of public policies that are assumed to meet the conditions that
define them. Thus it would appear that if you do not support their policies, you cannot support moral
values, the sanctity of life, or Christianity.
A closer examination of the fallacious reasoning underpinning each of
the Christian right's core myths will follow.
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President's Note: Don't Go There
By: Fred Plumer,
Over the last couple of decades, I have given several
dozen lectures, led even more workshops, and shared literally hundreds of
sermons that all focus on one broad subject -the changes that are occurring in
our understanding of the Christian faith. Sometimes I focus on the impact of changes
in our world view, sometimes on modern science and religion, and other times on
the newest research in biblical scholarship. I usually bring the dialogue back
to the impact of these changes on the local church. I know I am frequently
asking people to stretch their theological boundaries; and I know that I am
almost always asking people to change their thinking. This all makes for some
interesting commentaries and behavior from my audiences - sometimes angry
outbursts, sometimes slamming doors, but most often, tearful hugs and quiet
Therefore, I suppose I
should not have been surprised by an incident with a woman who was obviously
agitated by something that I had said during one of my talks. I was leading a
workshop at the time on the subject of "spirituality" in the progressive
I realized that if we dig deep enough, most of
us seem to have a "don't go there" spot in our beliefs and traditions - that
place where we lose a little of our otherwise rational thinking. And I suspect
that it is often our inability to get past those "don't go there(s)" that holds
back our personal growth and change...
Read Don't Go There
Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets
by: Craig Rennebohm
review by: Dean G. Watt
Having come from a long
career in both religion and the mental health field, I was surprised and
delighted to discover a perspective new to me that melds the two in an
inspiring and instructive way. While
this perspective is new to me, Rennebohm makes clear that there is a long
history to the beliefs and methods he presents in this important book. His approach of using stories of the people
he meets in his work is very effective, leading the reader to look forward to
the next and then the next story. While
each person's story is unique, there is a common thread throughout; that being
the great gentleness and patience required to touch these persons lives and
move with compassion past their fearful defenses. I was awed by his ability to takes days,
weeks, and even months of brief contacts, each time demonstrating a
non-threatening compassion that eventually leads to their trust in him and
willingness to be led to further help.
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|Review: You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to be Right, Finding Faith Without Fanaticism
By: Brad Hirschfield
review by: G. Richard Wheatcroft
The author is an orthodox rabbi
who serves as president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and
Leadership. His book tells us how he found faith without fanaticism and "you
don't have to be wrong for me to be right." He then explains what this means in
areas of conflict in our lives and how we can take "concrete steps to successfully
address the continuum of conflict."
Conflict between individuals and
groups is a function of being related to one another. Understanding this
reality, the author points to ways we can deepen and enrich our relationships, you and me, as well as our religious and
political commitments, them and us.
Every reader will be grateful.
Read this Review
Sermon: Jesus: The Way that is Open to Other Ways
I am one of those Christians whose faith has been uncomfortably
challenged by a reality that has been with us since the dawning of
humanity but has become even clearer and more pressing over the last
century: that there are many ways to be religious. There are many
religions; there always have been; and, despite two millennia of
Christian missionary work, it sure seems like there always will be. The
manyness, the diversity, of religions is here to stay.
This is the question that has perplexed and stimulated my religious
life as a Christian and my academic life as a theologian: how to make
sense of so many other religions and (perhaps even more difficult!) how
to make sense of my Christian faith in the light of these other
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Thank you for taking this journey with us as we continue to encourage the growth and understanding of a Christianity that is open, inclusive, just, loving and compassionate. As you delve deeper into the heart of this beautiful and authentic spiritual path, we hope you share it with those around you, educate those who desire to learn, and most importantly let it fill you with
light and loving kindness.
and the Team at The Center For Progressive Christianity
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