With thousands of subscribers around the globe, Progressing Spirit is the world’s leading outlet for an intelligent, inclusive, and pioneering exploration of today’s theological, spiritual, and social advancements.

On a weekly basis, Progressing Spirit challenges some of the world’s top thinkers to offer their best insights about what’s happening on the leading edge. Our commitment to subscribers is to continually deliver fresh, cutting edge, interesting, and thought provoking commentaries that you will find inspiring, insightful, and sometimes even challenging.

Whether it’s about what will happen with the currently declining Church, what new models of intentional spiritual community may look like, or how we take part in the quest for equality and inclusivity; these conversations and many more are deeply explored by best selling authors, social leaders, and cutting edge innovators. We look forward to having you in the conversation.

Our History

Founded in 1991, Bishop John Shelby Spong began offering a subscription-based publication to a growing audience of those who sought out his lecturers and his best-selling books. Upon Bishop Spong’s retirement in 2017, that audience was spread around the globe and Progressing Spirit was borne as an innovative next step – not to simply find one other scholar like Bishop Spong, but instead to recruit a host of leading thinkers who could amplify ideas and insights about our progressing social, theological, and spiritual world.

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.

    • Eric Alexander

    • Author, creator of Christian Evolution and founder of Jesism. Book: Teaching Kids Life IS Good
    • Diana Butler Bass

    • Speaker, theologian, and author of seven books on American Protestantism, progressive Christianity, and spirituality
    • Michael Dowd

    • Bestselling evolutionary storyteller, 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 32 books, influential exponent of Creation Spirituality. Book: Order of the Sacred Earth
    • Rabbi Brian Mayer

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

    • Rev. Irene Monroe

    • Fred Plumer

    • Toni Reynolds

    • Rev. Brandan Robertson

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

    • Joran Slane Oppelt

    • Bishop John Shelby Spong

    • Rev. Dr. Kevin G. Thew Forrester

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

    • Author, Speaker, Visionary, Interfaith Chaplain
    • Lauren Van Ham

    • Rev. Gretta Vosper

    • Rev. Roger Wolsey

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