Christianity: The Plain English Version

Column by Rev. Jim Burklo on December, 2 2021

Like progressive Christians today, Simone Weil knew God as love.  Not just as warm, fuzzy, romantic, or familial love.  Rather as agape love, which embraces all beings and things – and all experiences, including suffering.  Communion with the divine was, for her, manifested in attention

Catching Flight on the Wings of Thought: The Legacy of Bishop John Shelby Spong

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on November, 18 2021

The number of people whose death would be felt around the world is limited. Bishop John Shelby Spong was surely one of them. It is impossible to determine how far or wide his influence has and will continue to be.

“White Too Long” – A Conversation with Robert P. Jones, Part 2

Column by Rev. David M. Felten on November, 11 2021

The following is Part 2 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.

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.

When Religion Goes Rogue

Column by Rev. Gretta Vosper on July, 15 2021

In Canada, it wasn’t just the Roman Catholic Church involved. Both the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church also participated in the residential schools program which, for decades, forcibly removed Indigenous children from their families for the purpose of educating them into the dominant white, Christian culture of the country.

The Mother Religion

Column by Rev. Lauren Van Ham on July, 8 2021

In Her 4.5 billion years of being a planet, Earth has known great drama illustrated in superfluous gestures of creativity and supreme acts of destruction.  If we used only this as our backdrop for religion what would our religion consist of? 

Beautifully Entangled

Column by Rev. Mark Sandlin on June, 24 2021

Could it be, as some psychologists suggest, that ‘pure’ altruism doesn’t exist? According to them, when we help strangers, there is always some benefit to us personally, even if we’re not aware of it. This could include gaining respect from others, helping us feel good about ourselves, or for some Christians it could increase our chances of getting into heaven.

Welcome to Virtual Reality

Column by Rev. Brandan Robertson on June, 3 2021

In this moment of history everything has changed. Over the course of a few months, most of us went from living hybrid virtual lives to almost completely virtual lives. Church services moved online for both megachurches and churches of twelve, giving equal access to the masses to churches, regardless of their size.

Big Change

Column by Dr. Carl Krieg on May, 20 2021

In his Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in 1945 that the Western world was on the precipice of a new era, an era without religion. God, as the “answer” to unsolvable questions, was continually being put out of a job as science continually extended the boundaries of human knowledge.

Divine Mother Letting Go

Column by Rev. Deshna Charron Shine on May, 13 2021

I think about Mother Mary and her pride alongside her anguish as her son became more and more himself. A self that threatened the powers that be. A self that would hang for being who he was.  What must she have felt when he told her, I must go out into the world and share these teachings. I must share with the world this great love I have experienced.