Progressive Christianity, Defined

May 29, 2006

What exactly is "progressive Christianity" anyway?  Well here is a group I know very little about who has defined it, in 8 very simple but articulate points.  I stumbled across them a few years ago but the 8 points have stuck with me.  Find them here.

By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who…

  1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus,

  2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us,

  3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’s name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples,

  4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):
    believers and agnostics,
    conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
    women and men,
    those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
    those of all races and cultures,
    those of all classes and abilities,
    those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope;

  5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other
    people is the fullest expression of what we believe,

  6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in
    dogmatic certainty – more value in questioning than in absolutes;

  7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one
    another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and
    justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all
    God’s creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his
    sisters and brothers; and

  8. Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfl ess
    love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.
     

“The 8 Points” (version 2003)
The Center for Progressive Christianity
www.tcpc.org

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