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Prayer at Pentecost in Aotearoa

In this season of Pentecost in Aotearoa –

leaves flaming on autumn trees
drifting onto our heads
as we scuff across leaf-crunchy lawn
—may the dazzling fire and howling wind
warm but not burn us, heat but not scorch,
stir us not into whirlwind but purposeful action;
move us to compassion, breathe new life into our lungs and hearts;
inspire us anew. Continue reading Prayer at Pentecost in Aotearoa

Affirmation of Faith

By Bronwyn Angela White, Wellington, NZ

By faith, Sarah and Abraham left family, household and land for the promise of a new life in Canaan.

This faith may take us, too, through labyrinths of doubt, to greener fields.

By faith, Moses led his people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the desert.

This faith might sometimes lead down unpaved tracks to destinations we did not intend.

Faith is the opposite of belief: a shiny coin whose shadow-side is hope.

Continue reading Affirmation of Faith

Presbyterians and Involvement in Social Issues

Whether it’s protesting for the rights of women or trying to stop the liberalisation of gambling, Presbyterians don’t just sit down on a Sunday and sing. We get involved! Presbyterian Support is the largest provider of Church-based social services in New Zealand—Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand website

For Progressive Presbyterians, this includes speaking truth to power, within and beyond our church organisation.

Read how one progressive faith community supports the Living Wage campaign, lobbied for marriage equality, buys Fair Trade coffee and tea for sharing after Sunday services and supports Ethical Investment… as well as making submissions on a range of issues including the Care of Children (2003) and the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children (2012).

Share your stories, submissions and social justice initiatives: info@progressivespirituality.co.nz


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I have to differ!

In his “New Testament and Mythology”, Bultmann claims that “modern man is convinced that the mythical view of the world is obsolete”, that “all our thinking today is shaped for good and ill by modern science”, “the miracles of the new testament have ceased to be miraculous”, and—astonishingly—that “the mythical view of the world must be accepted or rejected in its entirety”.

I have to differ!

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Progressive Christianity – “a new kind of community”

“For progressive Christians, the future lies with our willingness to own up to the depth of our own convictions, to proclaim the good news without fear, to live as people deeply touched by the Spirit’s power.” – Rev Dr Margaret Mayman Continue reading Progressive Christianity – “a new kind of community”

Why keep going to church?

If we love to sing, discuss, celebrate, reflect, hear and act with spirit and faith and meaning, church is a good place to do it!

Would you be part of a faith community if you weren’t expected to believe the impossible or become more than fully human? Many of us still enjoy traditional forms of worship, but we want and need a human-centred, inclusive and green theology.

Progressive, reconciling, inclusive and transitional churches – whatever the label – can retain people of faith and attract people who wish to live meaningfully but (as Bishop John Shelby ‘Jack’ Spong puts it) don’t want to check their intellect at the door.

That’s why I’m part of a church community, and a part of why I believe (and these days, I don’t “believe in” many things) that Progressive Christianity is important.

Bronwyn White

Bronwyn White is a Kapiti based poet and liturgist.

You can read more of her work at  http://www.spirit-and-faith.com/

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reflective writing on spirit & faith in aotearoa new zealand
celebrating spirit and faith in postmodern, post-christian life|
affirming inclusiveness & social justice
and living with faith not belief

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Ryan Bell’s Year Without God

Jim Burklo’s Musings

Progressive ChristianityWe sat in the sunken courtyard of the United University Church at USC in Los Angeles yesterday, basking in the sun under a bough of carmine bougainvillea, noshing on a delicious lunch of kichari dosed with almond dressing served outdoors by our Good Karma Cafe.

“Since giving up God, I enjoy things for themselves, in the moment, more than ever.  Not thinking about the biblical past or about a future eschaton frees me up to enjoy this food, here and now,” said Ryan Bell.  The Reverend Ryan Bell, that is.  Continue reading Ryan Bell’s Year Without God