by ROGER WOLSEY
”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
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!
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.
A hundred years on, it’s time to lay World War 1 to rest and focus forward on constructing the peace, suggests Ian Harris. Read the entire article here.
You can now download resources (in pdf format) from our Common Ground 2018 Conference “Creation: ecology, theology, revolution”: presentations by Prof Martin Manning and Dr Emily Colgan, along with the Conference Songbook – new and original progressive hymns – and a link to the movie, “Living the Change”.
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
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
IMAGE © bronwyn angela white, Kapiti / Wellington, NZ
Image © bronwyn angela white
Image © bronwyn angela white
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