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Jesus called on people to change. Not just a little, but dramatically. The ‘kingdom of God’ is the term Jesus used to express his vision of a profound transformation of human beings and human institutions—social, political, economic and religious—to fully express the character and nature of God—a God of love. To accomplish this vision, Jesus worked toward the creation of a new kind of community dedicated to values of compassion, generosity, peace, and justice. He was creating a movement for change, a people engaged in a vast conspiracy of love.

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As Swimmers Dare

A poem by Denise Levertov

One of Marcus Borg’s favorite examples of how poetry enriches liturgy:

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Behind the world of images

From the Boundless Life collection

Behind the world of images
There’s nothing we can see.
Behind the realm of sound and word
There’s nothing we can hear.

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Three Faiths Carol

Hymn words by Shirley Erena Murray

Now the star of Christmas
shines into our day,
points a new direction:
change is on the way –

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Topics: Arts and Music, Interfaith Issues & Dialogue, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism and Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: Epiphany. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Hymns.

For Each, Their Own

Our created and conscious selves were, some way, divinely brought about
The figurative “hand of God” as eternally present, there’s very little doubt!

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Topics: Belief, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

A Healthy Religion Is Not About Religious Beliefs

The theology of a healthy religion refuses to break the wholeness of reality into the fragmented bits and pieces of reality called right and wrong, good and bad.

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Praise the Source of Faith and Learning

Hymns words by Thomas Troeger

Praise the source of faith and learning
that has sparked and stoked the mind
with a passion for discerning
how the world has been designed.

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Word of God

Word of God from Bible page,
Sacred wisdom for life’s way,
Framed within a distant age,
Breaking forth in power today.

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We Can’t Stop Asking Questions

From a very different culture,
Flowing from some ancient place,
Stories in our sacred scripture
Authored by a diff’rent race.

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The Spiritual Power Of An Open Mind

When our spiritual journey is authentic, it opens us to a depth of wisdom we are unable to imagine when we take those first steps on the journey to a deeper life. I have learned that our individual spiritual journey is often very similar to those who walked the spiritual path ahead of us. Because of that simple reality, they have much to teach us if we are willing to empty our personal ego and listen to their wisdom with an open mind.

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“You’re Not a Real (Progressive) Christian”

If I had a dollar for every time someone on the conservative side of the Christian spectrum said that I wasn’t a real Christian I would have, well…quite a few dollars. I have even had the distinction to be told that I wasn’t a Christian by some who call themselves progressive Christians. This type of thing is not uncommon on the conservative side of Christianity. To have certainty about what a Christian is and isn’t, and be willing (and eager) to kick people out who don’t match one’s own opinion of what Christianity is, has become part and parcel of modern conservative Christianity’s mission objectives. But on the progressive side of the coin I want to make a request, which is that progressive Christians worldwide just don’t do that type of thing, especially to each other, and here’s why.

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