Spending Words

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on March, 28 2024

I doubt anyone who reads Progressing Spirit believes there is a supernatural god called God who hands out parcels of land to this people or that. Yet many continue to use the word “god” to name something they believe in, which is not a supernatural being who hands out parcels of land to this people or that.

An Eye For An Eye?

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on January, 18 2024

If progressive Christians pride themselves on radical truth-telling, then our time has come, and it will be dangerous. .. what will happen to those of us who have long-held unpopular and unorthodox religious beliefs?

In-Tensions: The fraught work of world peace

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on November, 30 2023

Ever since the first mind countenanced an unknown source of benevolence, religion has held us together as powerfully as it has driven us apart.

The Imperative of a Two-State Solution: A Path To Peace for Israel/ Palestine

Column by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz on November, 23 2023

What deeply concerns me about Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza is “what’s it all going to look like/ feel like on the other side”–when the violence has stopped?

Holy Lands and Sacred Cows

Column by Rev. Roger Wolsey on October, 26 2023

I write this essay at the start of the most recent round of intense violence in a location on the planet that many Christians refer to as “The Holy Land.” At least during this week, that land is anything but holy. I visited Israel and the Palestinian-controlled reservations within it in November 1995.

Progressive Christians and Palestine

Column by Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on June, 10 2021

Over three weeks before the first rocket was fired from Gaza, and war erupted yet again between Israel and Palestine, something happened that was hardly mentioned in the press, but explains so much of the terror and humiliation that Palestinians face every day from Israel.

Charting a New Reformation, Part XXX – The Ninth Thesis, Ethics (continued)

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on August, 4 2016

We have thus far relativized the mythical claims made for the code by which the people of Israel claimed to live, by noting that even the Bible reveals confusion …

France, November 2015, the Struggle to be Human

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on November, 19 2015

The plan appears to have been carried out by a group of eight people, three of whom were brothers. The attack seems to have been developed in Belgium in …

Part XIX Matthew – Did Jesus Really Do Miracles?

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on April, 17 2014

Most people, who are related at least tangentially to the Christian faith, assume that Jesus was a miracle worker. By this they mean that he possessed the ability to …