The Center For Progressive Christianity
In This Issue
Obama's Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast
Feature Article: The Spirit of Life
Feature Blog: A Word to the Spiritual Seekers
Feature Sermon: Coping with Change
Homilynk: New Website
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Westar- Jesus Seminar on the Road

The Basics of Progressive Christian Community
Mar 13, 2009: Hillsboro United Methodist Church
Hillsboro, OR

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

Lecture with Diana Butler Bass: "After Jesus: Enacting the Great Command"
Mar 27, 2009: The Center for Spiritual Development
Portland, OR

Re-Imagining the World in Parables with Dr. Bernard Scott
Apr 3, 2009
Birmingham, AL

Pluralism Sunday: May 3, 2009
May 3, 2009: churches around the world

Decoding the Myths and Meanings of Difficult Words in the Bible
May 6, 2009
Cambridge, MA

Summer Seminar with Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan
Jun 15, 2009
Portland, OR

Chautauqua New Clergy Conference
Jun 27, 2009
Chautauqua, NY

CrossRoads in the Wilderness: Reconnecting Men, God, and Earth
Aug 7, 2009
Ward, CO

Bruce Sanguin at Hollyhock Retreat- Darwin, Divinity and the Dance of the Cosmos
Sep 18, 2009: Hollyhock Centre

Featured March Event
Fred Plumer,
TCPC President
March 21 at 8:30AM-12PM
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
Portland, OR

Title:  "What is Progressive Christianity" and "Growing a Progressive Church in the 21st Century."

Sermon on March 22nd to follow.

Speech by President Barak Obama Given at the National Prayer Breakfast
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"I raise this history because far too often, we have seen faith wielded as a tool to divide us from one another-as an excuse for prejudice and intolerance.  Wars have been waged.  Innocents have been slaughtered.  For centuries, entire religions have been persecuted, all in the name of perceived righteousness...
But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate.  There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being.  This much we know.
Embracing Change

We have all been hearing a lot about Kaila smiles
change lately and many of us are experiencing it. Our politicians probably droned on about it far too long during the political campaigns. But now we are talking about changes in our economy, changes in our health care system, changes in our financial institutions, our educational systems and yes, we occasionally hear about changes in our churches.

But two weeks ago I experienced a change I could not have imagined any time in the past. I attended the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion. I have been doing this for over twenty-five years. The lectures were established in 1901 to bring prominent religious leaders to Berkeley's university community. These lectures have featured such internationally known figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou, Paul Tillich, Walter Brueggemann, and Alice Walker.

So what was the surprise?

Read this article here
Featured Article
The Spirit of Life
Comments from the  PSR Distinguished Alum
By: Rev. Lynice Pinkard

Rev Lynice Pinkard 2Excerpt:  My ongoing, daily struggle is to be both utterly feral--undomesticatable by the forces in the world that would domesticate all of us, defang us, render us harmless to the powers and principalities-being utterly feral in that way, and also being utterly surrendered. You can't have one without the other. Being undomesticatable depends on moment-to-moment surrender to the Spirit of life and of love. The paradox is that we cannot simultaneously surrender fully AND be in opposition to any living being. Surrender demands love as breathing demands inhalation. At the same time, we DO have to be in opposition to every form of domination, oppression, exploitation, and violence-all of the forces that try to press down life...

One of the questions that I ask myself all the time and that I want to ask you tonight is "How can I continue to shift my focus from trying to get people to believe something they don't see, to making MANIFEST the life, the love, the God, that people are hungry to experience?" How must I continue to change, and urge my community to change, so that an encounter with me and with us causes people to experience a love against which there is no defense?"

Featured Blog
A Word to the Spiritual Seekers
By: Don Murray

Kaila smilesPerchance the Fundamentalists knew something the rest of us didn't when, a hundred or so years ago, they laid out the "fundamentals" of faith as a wall against the onrushing modern world.  According to the Wikipedia encyclopaedia, "The first formulation of American fundamentalist beliefs can be traced to the Niagara Bible Conference and, in 1910, to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. By the late 1910s, theological conservatives . . . came to be known as "fundamentalists."  As I understand it, they saw Darwinism, modern biblical scholarship, and creeping secularism as a threat to the Christian faith and drew a line in the sand.
Featured Sermon
Coping With Change
By: Rev. Jerry Stinson
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So, what if anything does our faith say to us when we wander in the wilderness, when the future is uncertain, when we are frightened and anxious? In most churches, the minister would urge folks to rely on faith, trusting God to step in and lead us in the right direction. But my understanding of God doesn't allow for that. I don't think of God as a supernatural being with a plan for this planet or with the ability to bring difficult times to an end. God for me is that loving eternal presence
underlying and pervading all of life, but not fixing things. So I can't offer you that kind of hope.  Some of you radically disagree with me about that; you do believe in an intervening God, and for you perhaps faith in that God's continuing benevolence is the answer for coping with change.  But what does my faith, without that sense of a supernatural being, say to change? Let me suggest five things my faith calls me to do when I'm in the wilderness, and I hope these five things also speak to those of you with more traditional theological understandings.

This sermon suggests that to cope with change
we must admit to being afraid and anxious and
that we cannot return to the past. To face change,
we need community, courage and a willingness
to take risks, and we must be willing to embrace
new opportunities.
Homilynk: A New Progressive Preaching Website
created by: David Albert Farmer, Ph.D
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The progressive preaching site, "Homilynk" is a place to keep up with the latest in the world of preaching, news and information from those corners where fundamentalists and conservatives do not dwell and where we hear, instead, those preachers whose theological leanings are more aptly described as "moderate" or "progressive" or even "liberal."

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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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