He Calls us to the Task of Loving

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on October, 21 2021

Jack experienced God as the source of all life. There is no duality within God, there is only sacred oneness. And so he reminded us that if God is the source of all life, then the best way to worship God is to live fully.

Religious Exemptions?

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on October, 14 2021

Like so many of the injustices and inequities revealed by the pandemic, evangelical Christianity’s deepest values have also been unmasked.  Now that more and more businesses are requiring those who return to work to get the vaccine, people who have already decided not to get the shot, often by feasting on misinformation, have also decided that their “personal freedom” trumps any biblical injunction to be our sister and brother’s keeper.  But that is not all.

The “Emerging” Theology this Straight Minister Loves

Column by Rev. Mark Sandlin on October, 7 2021

As I read the first Creation story and put it in conversation with the big bang theory, there is a message that comes through loudly: Creation comes from unbinding everything in order to give it meaning. I would go as far as to say the best, most remarkable creations always do just that, unbind things, breakdown barriers and boundaries.

“White Too Long” – A Conversation with Robert P Jones, Part 1

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on September, 30 2021

The following is Part 1 of a series drawn from an interview with Robert P. Jones, author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity on September 9th, 2021. It has been edited for length and focus.

Water~Spirit~Activism 

Column by Skylar Wilson on September, 23 2021

Earth is 71% water. When we humans are born, we are made of approximately this same percentage. We are made in Earth’s image; created within Earth’s watery imagination. Born into life through a series of cosmic processes of explosive passion and grace.

Remembering Bishop John Shelby Spong

Column by Support - Progressing Spirit on September, 16 2021

Bishop John Shelby Spong
June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021

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Jennifer Hereth, an Artist-Prophet For Our Times

Column by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox on September, 9 2021

Today I ask a question: “Is it possible to understand 21st century spirituality without looking at today’s art?”  And if so, to whom should we turn? I highly recommend turning to artist/activist Jennifer Hereth who, during the recent pandemic enclosure time, looked back at her life’s work as an artist and teacher of art and activist who has visited Syrian refugee centers and Sri Lanka war-torn villages as well as the rugged streets of Chicago where she lives to gift us with a spiritual testament for our times. 

Mystery: Beyond Understanding

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on September, 2 2021

Sometimes, the deeper we dig, the more profoundly aware we become that at the center of reality are dimensions that defy linear and logical analysis. Whether it be in the realm of science, quantum or cosmic, or in the realm of metaphysics, oftentimes mystery is the ultimate order of the day. Leaving science to the scientists, I would like to here consider two theological questions that defy logical analysis, one aspect of the nature of God and one aspect of the nature of human beings.

It is Time for Compassionate Nuanced Conversations, Part 1

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on August, 26 2021

In reality, the world around us is an infinite rainbow of nuance, complexity, and brilliance! Unlike other animals and living creatures, people are as unique as there are infinite shades of colors in this world. More so, even. We come with these spirits full of experiences and lessons, we come with unique fingerprints, DNA, personalities, likes and dislikes, smells and textures, skin tones, sexualities, body types, talents, and ideas.

Progressive Christianity and the Preferential Option for the Young

Column by Brian McLaren on August, 19 2021

If you believe, as I do, that the world needs a vital alternative to regressive and right-wing Christianity, then you should join me in raising the alarm — and calling for radical action among forward-leaning Christians.