The term Progressive Christianity is sometimes used to describe a thoughtful, open, contemporary Christianity. An expression of the faith that embraces critical biblical scholarship and welcomes metaphorical readings of Scripture, allowing for fresh, relevant understandings of the text. One that takes the Bible seriously without taking it literally. This approach helps us understand how tribalism, slavery, the subjugation of women, and heterosexism are but cultural byproducts from a distant time and place that need to be put to rest once and for all.
Along with the Bible, as good United Methodists, we are free to believe and practice our faith in ways that honor both tradition and our experience, as well as reason. Far from being frowned upon, critical thinking and questioning is encouraged. As the poet has suggested, “Live the questions!” Sound familiar?
On Sundays at 8:30am, starting July 9th, Pastor Michael Long and I will co-facilitate Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity. LtQ is a small group experience where participants discuss and explore what’s next for Christianity. The video-based program features 35 acclaimed scholars, theologians, and other experts, with ample time for lively conversation. The accompanying book will be available for $10. The study will be offered both in-person (in the Tempe Palo Verde Room) and via Zoom.
July 9 – An Invitation to Journey
July 16 – Taking the Bible Seriously
July 23 – Thinking Theologically
July 30 – Stories of Creation
Aug 6 – Lives of Jesus
Aug 13 – Passion for Christ: Paul
Aug 20 – Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
I hope you will consider joining Pastor Michael and me on this journey.
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