A White Man Makes the Case for Reparations, Part III

Column by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer on November, 19 2020

Too many whites argue that slavery is a thing of the past for which present day whites are not responsible. In the previous two essays, I tried to debunk that myth. It is the cause of so much pain today for black and white Americans.

A White Man Makes the Case for Reparations, Part 1

Column by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer on August, 13 2020

Of all the things white allies were willing to activate for, through decades of civil rights movements, reparations were the one thing that even the most committed white leaders have avoided talking about, much less fully committing to.

Breaking Free From Supremacy Theology, Part Two

Column by Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt on July, 16 2020

White supremacy, in its many systemic forms, continues to keep us all bound. Pandemic or not, the work of Liberation through anti-racism and decolonization continues. For people of faith, this work includes breaking free from supremacy informed theology.

Why The Church Must Die – Part 3

Column by Rev. Jessica Shine on May, 7 2020

In two previous articles I’ve shared why the church must die, and why I believe it is or has been dying. Some of my fellow readers (People of Color, LGBTQ, differently-abled) have seen what I’ve seen, felt what I’ve felt. Others have been offended or triggered, mostly well-meaning folks of privilege who don’t want things to change. That’s just it – don’t confuse the Church with the church you’re familiar with.

Breaking Free From Supremacy Theology, Part One

Column by Rev. Aurelia Dávila Pratt on March, 12 2020

Even though my context is theologically progressive, I am entangled in supremacy theology. I need to break free. I define supremacy theology as any theological framework that is propped up by systems of oppression.

Why The Church Must Die – Part 2

Column by Rev. Jessica Shine on January, 2 2020

Churchianity must die and it is dying. I know, that probably hurt a little to read. If it makes you feel better, it hurt to write it too. However, the sooner we accept that death is part of the cycle, we can shift into midwifing a new movement of the Jesus story.

10 Things Smart Progressive Churches Know About Worship, Part 1

Column by Rev. Fran Pratt on December, 19 2019

I have been a worship leader, liturgist, and musician in various church contexts for nearly 20 years, and I have ideas about how we, who are re-imagining faith and church, can proceed.

Why The Church Must Die – Part 1

Column by Rev. Jessica Shine on October, 24 2019

The church isn’t just dying. In many parts of the United States, it is already dead. At least, its impact is. The pews are still warm, the offering plates clanking with coins, and the bodies are present. However the church itself is wasting away and has become irrelevant.

Jesus: A Mutation of Consciousness – Part 2

Column by Joran Slane Oppelt on September, 26 2019

For most Christians, the question is, “Can you strip Jesus of his supernatural powers and still achieve salvation through Christ?” If we take the Godhead out of Jesus, what are we left with? Is there some other element that we enter into or move through by knowing him?