Category Archives: Progressive Voices

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

Cultural shift – article by Roger Wiig

A cultural shift to save the culture – read the whole article here

Excerpts:

I think it is true that in the church we have not focussed enough attention on establishing firmly our sense of identity; we are not completely clear about who we are. And that is particularly obvious among the young and disaffected.

In what way is the culture passed on? That is a complicated issue and far more complicated than I can deal with here and probably that I could ever manage. But one thing must be said immediately: Our society and the church has gone through, and is going through, irreversible and cataclysmic changes and there is no going back. But there are those within the many religious traditions who are standing up and asserting that the failure of religion puts humanity at risk, so we must at least think about how we connect with one another around the world and across the generations.

I also want to affirm, there is a way forward. There are churches and religious communities who have faced up to the challenges of modern biblical studies, theology and the realities of the world we live in, who go on to develop their own ways of giving full expression to the traditions and the culture from which they have sprung. Diana Butler Bass shows that in those communities renewal and vitality can spring up again and the next generation can be inspired and join in.

Religion has a role to play for the well-being of all people everywhere and it can do that when we are open to the experiences and traditions of others while being completely true to who we are and to the traditions that have formed us. Religion, when it is focussed on our common humanity, can speak hopefully to a world that is dangerously divided.

That is a bigger vision and will require much of us, but I think there are some small steps we can take towards it. So, in this short article I want to share some convictions and stories that might open up some possibilities for the future. Continue reading Cultural shift – article by Roger Wiig

The First Christmas – Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan

Follow this link to a 12 minute video, described below:

“In The First Christmas Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan—top Jesus scholars and authors of The Last Week—help us see the real Christmas story buried in the familiar Bible accounts.

Basing their interpretations on the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Borg and Crossan focus on the literal story—the inner truth rather than the historical facts—to offer a clear and uplifting message of hope and peace. With The First Christmas readers get a fresh, deep, and new understanding of the nativity story, enabling us to better appreciate the powerful message of the Gospels.”

 

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Questions About My Eternal Soul and Salvation — Secular Chaplain

A relative recently called me with great concern for my salvation. Always nice to hear, isn’t it? Now, this relative means well and I’m confident they love me very much. The question came from a deep place of fear for my soul. As we spoke quietly and calmly I realized that I would need to […]

via Questions About My Eternal Soul and Salvation — Secular Chaplain

Common Dreams 2019 conference, Sydney

The fifth Common Dreams 2019 conference, Sydney will be held in Sydney on 11 – 14 July at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney. Matthew Fox has been booked as the distinguished international keynote speaker. Make a note in your diary & plan to attend what will prove to be another exciting & stimulating gathering of progressives featuring leading international, Australian, & New Zealand speakers & workshop leaders.

Tickets for the Common Dreams Conference are now available through Eventbrite at https://commondreams5.eventbrite.com

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