The Center For Progressive Christianity
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Teaching Progressive Christianity, Part 3
Creating Community by Sharing our Faith
Our Spirituality Calls Us to Speak Out
November 2008
In This Issue
Featured Book: Birdlike and Barnless
Affilate Events
President's Article
A Spirituality that Transforms
Review- LtQ 2
Sermon: Faith Talk
Featured Book
Birdlike and Barnless
By: Jim Burklo

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Ready for a humble, hard-working Christian religion that is progressive, pro-justice, and pro-peace? Ready for faith that takes the Bible seriously because it doesn't take it literally? Ready for a soulful expression of this kind of Christianity in meditative prose, poetry, ritual, and song? Ready to empty the barn of dusty dogma, and take wing with soulful celebration? Birdlike and Barnless is a rich devotional resource for individuals, and a treasure-trove of fresh material for churches to use in worship and programming. His personal reflections lead the reader on a spiritual path from the contemplative to the comic, from tender moments to prophetic exhortations, from analysis to inspiration.

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From Literal to Literary with James Rowe Adams
Nov 16, 2008:
Muskegon, MI

Progressive Christianity--Its Origins in the U.S.
Nov 16, 2008
Spring Lake, MI

The Living Elders Project
Jan 6, 2009: Tuesday afternoons
Sarasota, FL

The Emerging Church: Conversations Convergence and Action
Mar 20, 2009 Albuqeurque, NM


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Yes We Can

This truly is a moment in history of transformation and transition and I for one am thankful to be witnessing it.  As we finish our series on teaching progressive Christianity (see archives) we now contemplate how we share our faith and our spirituality with the community around us.  One of our goals at TCPC is to help people understand their beliefs, to invite others to re-think their beliefs and to help create safe communities in which people can talk about their beliefs.  In that spirit we invite our affiliates to share with us and you what they believe and how do they share those beliefs.  You can do that by submitting an article, joining or starting a local group, or by encouraging your congregation to consider calling itself a progressive Christian church.  Obviously, we can do that in our homes, with our friends, and in our communities as well.  But it isn't easy!  At a recent TCPC meeting we tried to come up with the progressive Christian elevator speech.  If you had five minutes to describe what it means to you to be a progressive Christian, what would you say? We hope you enjoy the community that you have helped create at, we are sure glad that you are a part of it.
President's Article
Missing Opportunities

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It seems ironic that so many people are extending a lot of effort to find and create opportunities to learn and talk about their faith rather than going to churches to have those kinds of conversations.  It is likely that many people make the assumption that if they stray too far in their beliefs from the creedal or assumed "truth" of their respective church dogma, that they will be met with criticism or worse. They may be worried that they will be "out scriptured." I must admit that it seems strange, in a time when religion, beliefs, faith and spirituality are such a common subject on a regular basis in our mainline media, so many people feel uncomfortable going to church to have open discussions about these subjects. It certainly appears from our data that there is such an obvious hunger that most churches do not seem to be feeding. On the other hand, we have discovered that some of our churches are responding to this hunger in a very active and open way. And I suppose that it should be no surprise that these churches are also some of the most vital and exciting affiliate churches in our organization.

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Featured Article
A Spirituality that Transforms
Ken WilberBy: Ken Wilber

"All of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart-perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example-but authenticity always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you."
~Article from EnlightenNext Magazine

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Featured Review
Living the Questions 2

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The wisdom presented in this series of 21 sessions is demonstrated at the very beginning of each session in the choice of Rev. Tex Sample as the first presenter in each session and in the rugged desert background in which he stands as he tells his very personal homespun stories in his southern drawl manner.  While all of the episodes offer a wealth of the finest scholarship, it is presented in brief, easily understood conversations by articulate men and women from a range of religious backgrounds.  The timely use of scenes from the Middle East make the material more currently alive and relevant.  Being free to sit comfortably while we see and hear such well known scholars and leaders as Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Mathew Fox, Bishop Spong, and John Cobb, plus other well qualified but less well known scholars, rather than just read their writings, is such a pleasure.  I felt a twinge of guilt that I was receiving so much valuable knowledge without the usual rigor of reading from books.

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Faith Talk

Rev ShockleyBy: Rev. Madison Shockley

Summary~"It is by talking about our faith and how our faith impacts our lives that is the way that people come to their understanding of their own faith.  It is by sharing our faith with others that others come to their faith.  Traditionally evangelism has been that one person shares their faith with another so that they believe the same.  There is demand and threat there.  This practice has done much damage in our world and has turned so many people off from their faith.  How can we talk about our faith in a way that communicates the hope that we have without being oppressive, without being offensive to the faith that someone else has?" 

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Thank you for your interest and support of TCPC.  Although we are visited by over 60,000 unique visitors each month, there is a core community that is keeping the progressive Christian movement alive and thriving.  We thank you sincerely for creating that global community.  Now, go out in the world and be a light in the darkness, speak out, share your wisdom, and spread the word of compassion.

Fred Plumer
And the team at The Center For Progressive Christianity

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