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This Week's Essay

Let the Church die, here's why

My assessment is that Christianity and its Church can either join the flow of justice or flail against its changing tides. This flow is happening with or without you. Spirit is moving, creating a path of love, equality, and peacemaking in its wake. If you are of the mind to jump in to this divine current, then I have several points of advice for you.

This Week's Question

 
What exactly is meant by the word ‘spiritual’? If it only refers to ghosts, angels, (theistic) gods, demons and such then it’s clearly just a metaphor for the unexplainable aspects of life. In what way is ‘spiritual’ different to emotional, psychological or even just our i …

Our Contributors

Contributors

Best selling authors, social leaders, and cutting edge innovators – our contributors bring diverse perspectives to the growing conversation around the idea of Progressive Christianity. Inspiring, insightful, and sometimes even challenging, these unique voices come from the pulpits, academies, and front lines around the world.

    • Diana Butler Bass

    • Speaker, theologian, and author of seven books on American Protestantism, progressive Christianity, and spirituality
    • Christena Cleveland

    • Social psychologist, public theologian, author, and speaker on race, reconciliation and conflict.
    • Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt

    • Aurelia is the Lead Pastor at Peace of Christ Church and is a licensed Master of Social Work.
    • Michael Dowd

    • Evolutionary myth-maker, eco-theologian, and pro-future evangelist. Book: Thank God for Evolution
    • Cassandra Farrin

    • Poet, writer and editor of nonfiction books on the history of religion. US-UK Fulbright scholar.
    • Rev. David M. Felten

    • Edgy and humorous pastor, author, speaker, co-creator of Living the Questions, and co-founder of AFCT
    • Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox

    • Radical theologian, best selling author of 35 books, influential exponent of Creation Spirituality. See free dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org
    • Rev. Jaqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

    • Senior Minister for Public Theology and Transformation
    • Jennifer Berit Listug

    • Order of the Sacred Earth, Wild Awakenings, speaker, leader, writer, wilderness lover
    • Rabbi Brian Mayer

    • Modern day Rabbi, author and speaker. Creator of Religion Outside the Box
    • Mike McHargue

    • Science Mike. Finding God in the Waves, The Liturgists Podcast. Science + Religion
    • Brian McLaren

    • Author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. Book: The Great Spiritual Migration.
    • Rev. Irene Monroe

    • NPR radio host, NEC News commentator, international religion columnist on LGBTQ, race, theology and politics
    • EbonyJanice Moore

    • Womanist, Scholar, Activist, Teacher, Author, Student, Artist, Preacher, Transformational Speaker, Content Creator, Healer
    • Fred Plumer

    • Radical theologian, retired UCC pastor, ProgressiveChristianity.org President. Authored: Drink from the Well.
    • Toni Reynolds

    • Union Theological Grad, recent discoveries + ancient world, liturgy, sermons and poems.
    • Rev. Brandan Robertson

    • Noted author, LGBTQ activist, speaker and pastor. Recent book: True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace
    • Rev. Mark Sandlin

    • Christian Left Co-Founder, highly published author, pastor.
    • Rev. Madison Shockley

    • Rev. Shockley is a UCC minister, author, social justice activist and has an impressive career in service to progressive causes.
    • Jennifer Berit Listug and Skylar Wilson

    • Order of the Sacred Earth, Wild Awakenings, speakers, authors, visionary leaders, wilderness lovers.
    • Joran Slane Oppelt

    • International speaker, author, interfaith minister, singer/songwriter. Founder of Integral Church.
    • Bishop John Shelby Spong

    • Best Selling author, world-renowned speaker and leader, inspiration and co-founder of Progressing Spirit
    • Rev. Matthew Syrdal

    • Pastor, Author, Wilderness guide. Lead guide of WilderSoul and Church of Lost Walls. Co-founder of Seminary of the Wild.
    • Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.

    • Soulbody Spirituality. Interfaith Explorer. Author. Teacher. Enneagram. Episcopal Priest.
    • Rev. Deshna Ubeda

    • Author, Speaker, Visionary, Interfaith Minister and Chaplain, Ritualist
    • Lauren Van Ham

    • Eco-Minister, Dean of Chaplaincy Institute, Interfaith Chaplain, author, speaker, Spiritual Director
    • Rev. Gretta Vosper

    • Atheist Pastor, best selling author, poet, radical theologian
    • Cindy Wang Brandt

    • Cindy Wang Brandt is an author and champion of cultivating values of hospitality, creativity, equality, social justice, and deep spirituality in the next generation.
    • Skylar Wilson

    • Founder of Wild Awakenings, rites of passage journey leaders, author, visionary, leader.
    • Rev. Roger Wolsey

    • Author of Kissing Fish, Pastor, social justice activist