Category Archives: Progressive Voices

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Read extracts from John Pavlovitz’s blog on our page:  Sometimes reality isn’t reality, it’s just volume.


We are the Christian Left – John Pavlovitz

Lockdown Liturgies

Are you missing your faith community? Do you wish you could find some progressive, inclusive, contemporary liturgy while you can’t get to your regular church service?

This time of government or self-imposed isolation is ideal for polishing off those projects we’ve had in mind for a while: stash-busting for crafters, jigsaw-making for puzzlers, housework for procrastinators…

Various worship leaders and liturgists are sharing their Lockdown Liturgies with us, and here at Progressive Christianity Aotearoa we’ve collated the ones which have been emailed or links we’ve been directed to; you’ll find them here: Liturgy in a time of isolation.

We’d love to hear from you with prayers, poems, reflections, blessings from your faith community during this strange new reality. Email spiritandfaith@outlook.com or share via our Facebook page.

Hallelujah! For we are the Easter People, embodying the risen Christ in word and deed.

Dan Barker quote

“The next time believers tell you that ‘separation of church and state’ does not appear in our founding document, tell them to stop using the word ‘trinity.’ The word ‘trinity’ appears nowhere in the bible. Neither does Rapture, or Second Coming, or Original Sin. If they are still unfazed (or unphrased), by this, then add Omniscience, Omnipresence, Supernatural,Transcendence, Afterlife, Deity, Divinity, Theology, Monotheism, Missionary, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christianity, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, Methodist, Catholic, Pope, Cardinal, Catechism, Purgatory, Penance, Transubstantiation, Excommunication, Dogma, Chastity, Unpardonable Sin, Infallibility, Inerrancy, Incarnation, Epiphany, Sermon, Eucharist, the Lord’s Prayer, Good Friday, Doubting Thomas, Advent, Sunday School, Dead Sea, Golden Rule, Moral, Morality, Ethics, Patriotism, Education, Atheism, Apostasy, Conservative (Liberal is in), Capital Punishment, Monogamy, Abortion, Pornography, Homosexual, Lesbian, Fairness, Logic, Republic, Democracy, Capitalism, Funeral, Decalogue, or Bible.”
― Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible

by ROGER WOLSEY

Extract:

”9. We seek to read passages in context – within their chapter, within their book, within their genre, and within the over-arching thrust of the Bible.

10. We seek to read the passages with consideration of the historical socio-political contexts, frequently of oppression, which they were written in.
11. We employ a hermeneutic of compassion, love, and justice. (Which Jesus utilized). A hermeneutic is “an interpretive lens” and intentional filter. The hermeneutic of love seeks to see the forest for the trees and that allows the spirit of the law to trump the letter of the law (which Jesus modeled).

Continue reading 16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible

New year, new ideas?

Recently added to this site are:

a link to “Worship Words“, a great UK-based resource offering free progressive worship resources using inclusive language! Liturgists are welcome to contribute to it, too; and

a new prayer by Rev Ken Irwin, “e Te Atua God, you come to us as Te Hou the wind…”. You might like to keep it in mind for Pentecost.

And here’s a great quote from Mark Searle, from the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference, about The Liturgical Year : te Whakaritenga e Tau:

“Picking up the liturgical calendar to see “where we are” in time, and “who we are”, according to the liturgical year is like choosing to ride the carousel of sayings and stories, songs and prayers, processions and silences, images and visions, symbols and rituals, feasts and fasts in which the mysterious ways of God are not merely presented, but experienced, not merely perused, but lived through – the challenge is to address ourselves to the liturgical year on its own terms, the terms of the imagination.”

May this year bring you many blessings!

from the conference: “ecology, theology & revolution”

Rev Dr Susan Jones’ introductory talk is now online. Susan welcomed attendees of the 2018 Common Ground conference with an overview of the conference’s theme and a brief history of “progressive” Christianity. Her presentation placed the “environment and ecology” message of the conference in the context of theology and the revolution we need to be a part of. Link to Ecology, Theology, Revolution

Also online is Susan’s Sunday morning reflection at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, for “Planet Earth Sunday” in the Season of Creation.

 

Faith, not belief

Two new resources added to the website:

Ian Harris’s latest ODT article: Say goodbye to belief and welcome to faith

A liturgical resource Affirmation of Faith—Living as if we matter by liturgist Bronwyn Angela White


Books by both these writers will be on sale at the Common Ground 2018 Conference, 7-9 September, St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington – along with titles from  St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society) including Ian’s “Creating God, Re-Creating Christ” (SATRS, 1999)

Continue reading Faith, not belief

New resources on website

Check out these recently-added liturgical resources – hymn lyrics, prayers, reflection:

Let us reach down deep inside us – Susan Jones

We bring these prayers and gifts of money – Susan Jones

Hiroshima Sunday Reflection – Paul Barber

We give thanks for wise women and wise men – Wendy Matthews

Bless the creator who calls and inspires us! – Susan Jones

Raindrops pizzicato – Bronwyn Angela White


 Unless captioned differently, all photographs are © bronwyn angela white

“Witness to Change, Reflections on Reaching 100” – Lloyd Geering book launch

Emeritus Professor Sir Lloyd Geering is launching his latest book “Witness to Change, Reflections on Reaching 100″ (Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers 2018)

Friday 17 August at 6.00 pm
Conference rooms 1 & 2 
St Andrew’s Conference Centre
30 The Terrace, Wellington (elevator available for those who need it)

Details on our Events pages

evolving vs progressive

Are self-identified “Progressive Christians” guilty of exclusivity and conceit?

Rev Dr John Bodycomb writes, “There is now a much larger clearly observable ‘movement’, for it is as such that progressive Christianity is best understood. I have likened it to a flood moving slowly but relentlessly over the cultural landscape. It is pluriform and cannot be stereotyped, although its critics are apt to do so.”

He prefers “evolving christianity” to “progressive christianity”. Find out why in his article, “One Man’s Assessment of Progressive Christianity”.

Conference speakers and workshops

Introducing the guest speakers at Common Ground 2018 Conference: we are fortunate to have Professor Martin Manning, Dr Emily Colgan, Matt Matamua and Hon Grant Robertson MP as our speakers. As we receive them, we’ll post more detailed information, such as bios and abstracts.

You can find information about the workshops on offer.

Common Ground tree (1)

Is the word “God” still useful?

If a pivotal word such as “God” can carry so many meanings, the question arises: Is it useful any more? Some think the churches should look for another word that doesn’t mean so many different things to so many different people.

Read Ian Harris’s latest “Faith and Reason” article here