A Different Kind of Optimism

Column by Rev. Lauren Van Ham on June, 30 2022

Recently, I was in consultation with a colleague who is First Nation Cree. Throughout the conversation, there was a steady stream of confidence, curiosity, and hope.  Really smiling at one point, my colleague said, “I’m an eternal optimist who comes from a history of despair.”

“Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” at 100

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on May, 26 2022

When I first read Harry Emerson Fosdick’s Shall the Fundamentalists Win?, it changed my life. In disbelief, I read portions of it over and over again and looked at the date. I read it AGAIN and thought, “What?” How in the world could he have preached this in 1922 and it STILL be controversial?!

Walking Points: How to Respond to Evangelical Christians

Column by Rev. Jim Burklo on April, 7 2022

All of us at some point will be approached by evangelical Christians attempting to convince us to become their kind of Christians. What’s the most Christian way we can respond to them?  — whether we are Christians or not?

“Move Over Genesis”

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on March, 31 2022

As if we don’t already have enough problems in this country, the last few years have seen us slipping closer and closer to becoming a “post-truth society.” Facts just don’t seem to matter anymore.

Anchoring Peace

Column by Rev. Fran Pratt on March, 10 2022

 
I write this to you, my Progressive Christian siblings, on a Monday morning during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I had written an entirely different …

Ukraine

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on March, 3 2022

Although the intelligence indicated a Russian invasion was imminent, most of the people of the world, including Ukraine, continued on with life as usual. Then, in an instant, Russian tanks started rolling into a peaceful, non-threatening neighboring country, triggering the first such move of its kind in Europe since WW2.

Hope For The Future

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on February, 17 2022

“We belong to each other,” as indigenous teachers have said. So, how do we create a bigger table with every voice in mind and make sure every one is there when we start to wrestle with solutions?

A Time of Theological Déjà vu?

Column by Rev. Roger Wolsey on February, 10 2022

There are certain dynamics taking place today that may remind us of dynamics that took place early in the last century. I suggest that pondering such similarities is not only warranted – but needed.

American Christianity as a Cover for Racism

Column by Rev. Mark Sandlin on February, 3 2022

 
Race plays a profound role in all aspects of life in the United States. When you stop to think about it, that is absolutely astounding …

Why You Need to Be a Progressive Evangelist

Column by Rev. Brandan Robertson on January, 20 2022

When fragile hope is on the line, people will do anything to maintain it- even revolt against the very democracy they claimed to love.