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The Jesus We Should Remember
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The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra
Side Note: Rev. Gene Robinson's Inauguration Prayer
President's Note: Are We Progressing?
Feature Article: We Cannot Avoid God's Questions
Feature Book: Wisdom Jesus
Feature Sermon: The Birth of the Third Jesus
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The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
by: Deepak Chopra
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"First, there is the historical Jesus, the man who lived more than two thousand years ago and whose teachings are the foundation of Christian theology and thought. Next there is Jesus the Son of God, who has come to embody an institutional religion with specific dogma, a priesthood, and devout believers. And finally, there is the third Jesus, the cosmic Christ, the spiritual guide whose teaching embraces all humanity, not just the church built in his name. He speaks to the individual who wants to find God as a personal experience, to attain what some might call grace, or God-consciousness, or enlightenment."
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As many of you know, the Right Rev. Gene Robinson,the openly Gay Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire gave the opening prayer at Monday's Lincoln Memorial event.  It was the first event in the inaugural festivities this year.  HBO, which had paid for exclusive rights to the event chose not to broadcast Bishop Robinson's prayer. NPR didn't air it either.  There's no record of it in images placed on the sites of Getty Images, New York Times and the Washington Post. It's a complete erasure of his ever having delivered the prayer. Such is the continuing policy of silence and erasure we have to live with from people who should know better. So we're going to celebrate it by providing here the full text of Bishop Robinson's prayer. 

Within the progressive Christian field there is much discussion about the validity of Jesus, the misinterpretations of his word, the minor details of the Bible and his life, have all been torn apart and over-analyzed. For people comfortable with the idea of not taking the Bible literally, we sure have spent a great deal of time being sticklers over the Bible.  However, there is a new exploration beginning to take precedence- who is the Jesus that lives beyond the Bible? What is the message that he was inspired to share? Who is the Jesus that lives still today- the third Jesus- as some have called him. 
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Maybe together, we can learn to let go of our fears and embrace the mystery, accept the spirit that abides in us all, the interconnectedness of all beings, and move forward in hope and peace.

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President's Note
Are We Progressing?
By: Fred Plumer, TCPC President

For far too long, we have made the Christian experience a head trip and have somehow forgotten the heart along the way. We have confused our intellect with our beingness. We have assumed that we were correct and others were ignorant. After all we are the elite Christians, with the best educated clergy -- so sophisticated that we use words like hermeneutic and exegesis. We are so learned that we debate whether Jesus was apocalyptic or eschatological. We are so knowledgeable that we can debate the scholarly reasons for changing the red letters in the Bible.

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We Cannot Avoid God's Questions
By: Tom Harpur
Author of books: The Pagan Christ and Water Into Wine (Thomas Allen Publishers).

Since it's almost entirely poetry and "true myth," and since we live in one of the most literal-minded cultures of all time, it's not sur­prising that the Bible largely remains a closed book. Those who make the loudest claims for its veracity often see its meaning less clearly than many they judge to be total outsiders. If you treat bibli­cal myths as history, you end up with either distortion or absurdity. Even worse. As Voltaire once said: "Those who believe absurdities end up committing atrocities"

When read for what it genuinely is, the story-told in myths, parables, metaphors and allegory-of the evolution of the human soul and its relationship to the mystery called God, the wider human community and the cosmos itself, its power for inspiration and transformation is immeasurable 
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The Wisdom Jesus
, Transforming Heart and Mind, a New Perspective on Christ and His Message
By:Cynthia Bourgeault

"If you put aside what you  think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself. Inspired by the Nag Hammadi discoveries and influenced by more than 30 years of study with Fr. Thomas Keating and other contemplatives in a variety of wisdom traditions, Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, encourages seekers to reach beyond the Western tradition of Jesus-as-Savior to embrace Jesus more wholly as a wisdom teacher.  Bougeault emphasizes a notion of "self-emptying love" that allows for a shift in consciousness from ego-based analysis to acceptance of divine abundance, which in turn sheds new light on examinations of the Passion, crucifixion and ensuing events. Guided chapter primers on centered meditation and chanting further prepare readers to test the open waters of welcoming the "flow of... deeper sustaining wisdom." Though strict legalists may not warm to this new spiritual perspective, other students of faith will find an especially intriguing and engaging path waiting for them." ~Publishers Weekly

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The Birth of the third Jesus
By: Ian Lawton

I want to outline a number of different Jesuses, three to be exact. The Jesus of history, the Christ of theology and the third Jesus, the Christ that is in every person.  Whatever you believe about the first and second Jesus, don't let it distract you from your essential humanity and life purpose.
You can have your first and second Jesus. Whatever makes sense to you, it's yours. But you don't need a first and second Jesus to lay claim to the power of the third Jesus. This Christ consciousness is yours now for the taking. Live it in the present.

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Jesus and His Friends of Little Faith
by: James Rowe Adams

"On this occasion, just as the disciples catch up with Jesus, who had crossed the Sea of Galilee ahead of them, they realize that they have forgotten to bring any bread. Ignoring their predicament, Jesus tells them to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Apparently confused, the dis­ciples wonder if Jesus is talking about the forgotten bread. Then Je­sus says to them: "You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive?" He appears to be irritated because the disciples fail to understand that he is speaking in metaphors and not referring to the fact that they forgot bring any bread to eat on another boat trip. People of little faith need constant reminding that they are not to take religious teaching literally but to look for the symbolic meaning, but they can learn. In fact, Matthew seems to suggest that the people of little faith are the only ones worth teaching."

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What's the Word?
By: Jim Burklo

"In the beginning was the Word," opens the Gospel of John.  That "Word" is divine because it has the power to make the world a better place.  It's a word that is more than facts.  It's a word that bears the truth of transformation, reconciliation, justice, and peace.
What has more truth to it?  The front page of the newspaper, which is full of facts?  Or the biblical gospels, which are mostly myth and poetry?  I would suggest that you'll find more truth in the gospels.  Because they contain something of the "word" that gives life meaning and purpose.  The "word" that changes the facts of despair into the facts of hope.  The front page of the newspaper is full of death and pain and trouble.  It reports facts, but mostly it gives the impression that life is hopeless.  Is that the truth?  The Bible and other great religious texts are generally weak on facts - but often are rich in the truth that life really is worth living, and that compassion and joy really are alive and available, even with the difficult facts that often surround us.

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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.
Fred Plumer
and the Team at The Center For Progressive Christianity, (253) 303-0022

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