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Welcome to Progressive Christianity Aotearoa
Who we are and what we mean
“Progressive Christian” can encompass a wide range of views, but characteristics often include:
- valuing questioning over certainty
- inviting people to participate without insisting they become like us
- discovering the heart of Jesus’ teaching and practice of love through social justice and ethical living.
Progressive Christianity Aotearoa is a space for people exploring just living, spirituality and faith with 21st century sensibilities, especially in a South Pacific context.
“The real reason why progressive Christianity exists is not to prune away archaisms and false accretions. It exists to be an authentic gospel voice, to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life and teaching: a vision of humanity united to the sacred and to one another in love and justice.”—Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
In response to, “What do Progressive Christians believe?”
For Progressive Christians, the important thing is living the way of Jesus, rather than believing in church doctrine. Just as the people who recorded stories of God’s people told their stories from many different perspectives – sometimes contradicting each other, sometimes emphasising different aspects of the “good news’ – so we understand what God is and what Jesus means through our lived experiences. What do Progressive Christians believe: “Treat others as you would be treated, if you were them” and “Act with Love towards yourself, your neighbour and your enemy” so the world will know we are Christians, not by our beliefs, but by our LOVE.—Bronwyn Angela White, liturgist
“Our belief is that Jesus gave us a path, and therefore, by calling yourself a Christian, you are someone who is intentionally practising that path.” Fred Plumer, President of ProgressiveChristianity.org
“Progressive isn’t a place. It is a state of mind and the next step from wherever you find yourself entrenched. Whether in the church, in your workplace, or in your relationships, a progressive perspective is characterized by openness, passion, creativity and willingness to explore beyond wherever you are at the moment.”— from the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity