Testimonials from Friends of Progressive Christianity
On this page are some quotes and testimonials from people all over the world who consider themselves part of the ProgressiveChristianity.org community. If you’re wondering Why we do what we do, here are some examples of what continues to motivate us to bring to the world an inclusive, just, informed, compassionate, loving Christianity.
Don’t you think Jesus would be horrified with what much of the world has done with his message of love? We hope to remind people and inform people what his true message was. He stood up against exclusion, tyranny, violence, and hate. So do we.
“When I came across your website, I was moved to tears. What I read deeply resonated with me. I thought I had to leave Christianity because I was so disillusioned with my faith, but coming across likeminded people has marked a turning point in my life. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Keep spreading the message! X” ~Katherine
“I thought that I was “one of a kind” until I discovered that I was a Progressive Christian and didn’t even know that my thoughts and beliefs had a name.” ~Hoyt
“Aloha, Fred, Deshna,and the rest of the wonderful staff at ProgressiveChristianity.org -
Wow, what a year it has been! The organization’s updated website, the continued development of the children’s curriculum, Fred and Deshna’s visit and conference this past March, and Fred being skyped in to our interfaith open table meeting on progressive Christianity this past October — that is what I have participated in or observed you all doing — what I and others do not see are the thousands of total hours that all of you have devoted to this important cause, which I think I can say on behalf of all who are also on this email (all on here are very theologically progressive and interfaith-affirming and have participated in the progressive Christianity dialogue this year) that we truly appreciate all of the work you have done over the years, and will continue to do. I was very encouraged when Fred shared that the number of Internet hits to the website seem to be growing in numbers every day, and that more people are discovering an expression of walking a path with Jesus in a manner that is much more spiritually healthy and affirming to all and not just a self-selected few. Mahalo plenty for your fine work.” ~Lisa
ON THE LAUNCH OF PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY.ORG
At the appropriate time and place, since I cannot be there in person, would you please impress upon everyone who worked so tirelessly on the new website my profound gratitude and admiration. Many years ago, when the opportunity to become affiliated with TCPC first presented itself I had no idea of the great heights to which this amazing group of people could take this cause. The new website will be a legacy of love from this small, impassioned, and brilliant team to countless, hopeful seekers clinging to spiritualities that become more and more difficult to frame in an age of modernity. This new, virtual “Center” for progressive Christianity throws open windows to sunlight and breeze for many trapped in the stuffy confines of religions that won’t breath. Everyday, long after the fanfare of this launch, lives will be changed, hearts will be lightened, and hopes will be saved not merely by the functionality of the site but by the expression of care and leadership of those that dedicated this portion of their lives to making it happen. The highest tribute I can pay is to say that I am jealous of the pride you should feel in knowing that you are changing the world! Yours truly with highest and warmest regards, Dan Donoghue
I am still exploring the site and finding new and wonderful elements that I had heard discussed only to stumble into them and pausing with amazement. Wow, I had no idea it would look like that… jeez that’s clean… ohhhhh that’s a good idea… and on and on. You should all be very proud of what you have achieved. After hearing Pedro describe the meticulous work that was facing you all, it is amazing that such a beautiful site has rolled out rather than the boys in white jackets rolling in and hauling you all off to the asylum. We are grateful for all your work. It shows….Dan Senter
I’ve been waiting with growing excitement, and you have met every possible expectation. You have produced an incredible new tool that I will be proud, proud, proud to send to our new bishop here, as well as to every friend I can think of. I’m having a great time playing with it and trying it out. And, while we are celebrating, I’d like to celebrate all that you do day in and day out where you bring both your high professionalism and your energy, enthusiasm, and ever welcome ideas to the cause of progressive Christianity. Knowing you are there empowers me to step forward boldly to talk about our approach to religion and spirituality in the many different circles in which I often find myself. In sum, THANK YOU. Janice
Having watched each of the iterations of our website over the last 15 years I must say that this is not an advance from one generation to the next in a linear fashion. This is indeed a quantum leap ahead and will serve us for many generations to come! Congrats, Madison Shockley
Huge congratulations on getting the website up! Having done many of these projects before, I know “the devil is in the details” and it’s always worse than you think!!! But you did a great job and we’re off to the races now. But the most important part of this project to me is that we’ve somehow managed to balance the needs of our older, original constituency (the folks for whom church is still a viable structure, and who are making changes within that structure) and our younger, newer constituency (for whom spirituality is encountered in non-church structures). All of Christianity seems to be in flux right now — and everyone has an opinion about where it’s headed — so to create something new without completely abandoning the old is a major contribution to navigating the transition. Blessings on all your hard work and vision, Polly
“I just recently found your website and am grateful you exist”~Kisaye
“I just wanted to tell you I loved your article “Will The Real Progressive Christians Please Speak Up?” I am a Unity Minister and we as a movement are also progressive New Thought Metaphysical Christian. Thanks for being there and helping to connect the thinkers.” ~Rev. Joanne
“Just this morning, I’ve visited the website for Progressive Christianity after listening to an online speech by Bishop Spong. I was very impressed by the contents of his speech and am equally impressed by the contents of your website, especially by the 8 points with which I find myself in total agreement.” ~R. E. Markham
“Thank you for your help. I highly value ProgressiveChristianity.Org. Thanks for all the good you do!” ~Allen
“Thank you for your remarkable ministry to, with, and for all of us who wander on God’s precious planet…and, perhaps more importantly, for those who will wonder at those tracks in the sand…. My best!” ~Jim
“When I was full time Christian educator at FUMC I purchased Joyful Path. My SS teachers loved it as did I. I have found another great use for the material. I direct a program for cognitively impaired adults. This material, with some adjustments, works great with them. I certainly hope that you will continues producing this material.” ~Sue
“Thank you for your Christmas greetings. May your Christmas season also be filled with love, laughter, joy and light. From those of us who celebrate this season in the summer solstice where the Christmas season is the lightest and warmest of all our seasons!”~Christine, PCNet SA, South Australia
“Very excited to hear about the developments for the new website. The ideas and actions resonate with love and inclusiveness. Can’t wait to see the new site, and to become more involved.” ~Deborah, New Zealand
“Thank you for all you do. You are one of my lifelines.”~Bruce
“Some feedback about how “A Joyful Path” has been working thus far at the Eliot Church in Year one- great! The activities have been experiential, holistic, centering, diverse, and age-appropriate. The stories are great, and the activities deep and meaningful to our children. What a gift to finally have a curriculum for youth that finally resonates fully with the adults teaching it! Thanks so much for your hard work in making this curriculum available.” ~Matt
“I’m a former fundamentalist (Missionary Baptist) pastor. I left the pastorate and organized fundamentalism in 2000 and have been out of church since that time. I now know what I’m looking for and I think this resource will help me find it. Thanks for the site.”
“I just joined this group and am very pleased that I have done so. I have been looking for this type of group for quite a while. Finally I can communicate with folks who may be having similar experiences as me – born and raised in a “traditional” Baptist Church but questioning some of those traditions and trying to reconcile the actual events occurring and the cultural realities of modern society with the traditions and interpretations of scripture.”
“Fred, your article in the latest online journal was poignant and frightening and inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.” ~David
“Fred, I really enjoyed “How Far Do We Go.” the “going” has been a bit rough these last few years, and you gave me strength.” ~Candace
“Fred, Thanks for a great article, and for taking up your cross where you found it!!” ~Bob
“Discovering ProgressiveChristianity.org was one of the highlights of 2010; I share your belief that Jesus is wildly misunderstood, and I’m so grateful for people like you all, who are devoted to getting the real word out.” ~Althea
“This email was one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received. So many GREAT articles, and the Creed was just the best I have ever read. Everything in the email speaks to me. I sent it to my minister, who said she would take the creed to the Worship committee! Many thanks. Keep up the good work. When will the mainline churches ever change??” ~Bobbie
Many thanks for your wonderful children’s curriculum. I’m in the process of reviewing it for the St Francis College – Roscoe Library, in Brisbane, Australia. I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience and wanted to know more of what you do! Cheers, Fiona
“Just heard from folks in my church using your new Sunday School curriculum. They love it! Not only is the theology great, but it is structured to make it easy for volunteers to use it. Congrats!” ~Tom
“As a pastor that doesn’t quite fit into the “conservative” thinking of the area in which I live, I want to thank you for giving me hope! It’s refreshing to know there are others out there that find the current state of our religion something less than desirable (to put it mildly). I look forward to reading more.” ~Rev James
“It is strange to me but seems to be true, that addressing this issues of our day, seems to be heard as “politics” which many feel is not appropriate from the pulpit or in church discussions, even for many in our quite progressive Episcopalian congregation. They are afraid some will be offended and leave the church, which has been true in a very few cases. It is interesting however that some seem to be finding their way back, after trying other venues. How, I wonder, does one get the message across that peace and justice are the church’s business, and that Jesus was very political about these issues in his time? I’m learning that to teach this I have to be very patient — and I’m not a very patient person in this matter. Thanks again for your response. I enjoy the web site and find it affirmative. Blessing and Peace” ~Christie
“Hi Fred. It was such a joy to hear your hopeful suggestions on Saturday. The progressive movement already lives in my bones so your words washed over me like healing water. The affirmation and freedom that you brought to us (who are more progressive) and who live in the midst of a conservative-fundamental, sometimes hostile environment was well received and timely. Thank you.”
From students at the Chaplaincy Institute in July re: Fred Plumers presentation:
The most valuable aspect of this class was Rev. Plumer’s presence himself. He brought excellent research with him and I appreciated the presentation of that research immensely. It dovetailed so well with all the other information we were processing from other presentations and literature.
He clearly defined the “progressive Christian” movement for us and did not sidestep the difficult questions, including mine!
Fred was delightful to listen to and be with … also a wonderful, humble, compassionate, authentic presence.
Fred was great! He clearly stated his thesis and how he is working on bringing this to church consciousness around the country. For me personally, his ideas helped to shape my nascent practicum, praise be!
Likely the most exciting class of the entire module; this man holds the fate of Christianity in his hands. What a privilege to have heard him speak!
“You have been providing those of us who have been floundering these past couple years with new energy and hope, and wonder of wonders, our small congregation is going for it.” ~Joan
“Dear Fred, Your class was amazing! Our students were delighted to cross paths with you, even for a small window of time. Progressive Christianity so resonates with the interfaith paradigm that our seminarians are exploring. Your presentation brought many threads together, all running through the fabric of your lived experience. The afternoon that we shared with you was priceless, and will have many positive ripples. Thank you!”
-Rev. Jan Thomas, Program Director, The Chaplaincy Institute
“I’ve been teaching children for many, many years. My teaching style is open, loving, flexible – a combination of many influences, Rudolf Steiner, Bev Bos, Miss Frizzle. I rarely find faith curriculum that is not condescending, stifling and controlled. I generally create my own lessons/activities, taking bits and pieces from various places. Joyful Path is different… loving, smart, uplifting, inspiring. Thank you!” ~Love and light, Jodie, Minister to Children and Families
“Dear Fred, I have been trying to re-connect with Christianity but have been thinking for about a year ‘Take him off the Cross’. So your words were like music to my ears!! I thought I couldn’t call myself a Christian. I have studied comparative religion at Sydney Uni and am aware of the origins of much of the Christian ‘myth’. I am an archaeologist and dream of one day finding original Biblical texts that can be translated straight into English. I look forward to learning more. I think 16th May was a turning point in my life. Regards” ~Linda
“Hi, I live just outside of Jerusalem, I am a progressive christian, I have searched for progressives in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey,etc. I have not found a single one! Is there any chance that you can point me in the right direction for some fellowship with like-minded people, be they progressive Muslims, Jews, or Christians.“ Can anyone help?? Email us email@example.com if you can!
It is always a joy to open and read the ProgressiveChristianity.org email. This edition takes on what may well be the most emotionally charged issue our society faces, at least the society in which I am enmeshed.
“And may I say, may God continue to bless and guide ProgressiveChristianity.org for all you are doing in the world! I am so spiritually “hungry” for learning and a community, but I have come far enough in my journey that I now know it absolutely must take place in an inclusive environment. Someday, I hope to find a church or group in our area where the members feel the same — but for now, reading books and finding online resources such as yours are feeding our souls.” ~ Jessica, Pennsylvania.