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Myth-Busting the Christian Right

The Christian right’s pundits present this set of abstract concepts – moral “values” sanctity of life, and Christianity – as their core values. Over and over again they have successfully framed complex issues as oppositions between these core values and their opponent’s position. This has worked partly because, instead of engaging in an analysis of these concepts, they equate them with a set of public policies that are assumed to meet the conditions that define them. Thus it would appear that if you do not support their policies, you cannot support moral values, the sanctity of life, or Christianity. A closer examination of the fallacious reasoning underpinning each of the Christian right’s core myths will follow.

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The 8 Point Miracle

A Reformed Catholic priest relates the historic and emotionally charged Mass that was held in his parish on Pluralism Sunday, 2008 as well as how the 8 points have helped his church be more inclusive, loving and unifying.

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The Emerging Church

This book presents the biological principle of emergence and applies it to culture shifting in congregations. The universe knows how to do life from the inside-out. By moving away from cultures of command and control to a more natural organic model, congregations discover the key to their power and the secret to sustained vitality.

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Kristopher Lindquist: Music with Progressive and Mystic Chants and Lyrics

http://kelmusic.com/home.htmlPianist-Composer, Spiritual explorer, meditator, mystic, chantsongs, vocal solos, ballads for piano, free improvisation. Celtic, jazz and classical influences in a personal blend. Please take a tour and check it out. If you resonate with my music, I'll be very pleased. If it enhances your living and growing as a human being, I'll be most honored. From Tucson, Arizona, USA, North America — in the bright sunshine and fertile soil of the Sonora Desert — I wish you deep peace as we share life on this little planet Earth.  

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Resource Types: Chants, Hymns, and Music.

Myth-Busting the Christian Right- page 2

We can never know with any certainty whether or not Jesus claimed to be divine, since he didn’t sit down and write on that topic, or any other.What we can know, from reading what evangelists recorded about his life and teachings, is that his ethic was not reducible to exterior rules of normative behaviour, but emphasized the intention of the agent over catalogues of right and wrong acts.

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Resource Types: Articles.

Reclaiming Kingdom Before it Comes

You are here to be self-aware, and with your awareness to extend compassion to all that surrounds you, both people and earth. When you are truly aware, you can never be separate from anyone or anything. Any sense that your actions don't affect the whole is a delusion. Any sense that what happens to the earth doesn't affect you is also a delusion.

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Topics: Social & Environmental Ministry. Resource Types: Sermons.

The Recombinant Imagination- From Westar’s Quarterly Publication

The work of Westar has never been done in a vacuum. From the outset the purpose of the Jesus Seminar was twofold: to detect the profile of the historical Jesus in his words and deeds and to report the Seminar’s findings to the public. The latter purpose brought with it severe criticism from the scholarly community, accustomed to its isolated (albeit comfortable) existence. But the Fellows of the Seminar pledged that the implications of their investigation would not be confined to the gated academic community.

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Resource Types: Articles.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Progressive Christian Study Guide

Dr. Polly Moore of College Heights UCC, San Mateo, CA, offers a list of the biblical references in "A NEW EARTH" by Eckhart Tolle, used by the church for its study group focusing on the book.

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Poem: Dream of Freedom

by: Langston Hughes

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Resource Types: Hymns and Poetry.

Into the Future

We do not need to be the leader or number one. We just need to do what we apparently have been called to do and to do it better-that means finding more effective ways of sharing the progressive Christian message. You are going to see many changes over the next few months, so keep your eyes and ears open. We have spent the last six months developing a viable strategic plan and we are in the process of implementing it. You will see changes in the site and in the expansion of resources that we will be offering to churches, small groups and individuals.

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A God for the Gaps?

Many of our problems derive primarily from two outdated ideas: the Bible as the literal and inerrant Word of God, and the divinity of Jesus. If we could accept that both these ideas are no longer helpful, many of the theological problems of our faith would be resolved. An improvement in our relations with other faiths would also become possible.

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Barack Obama

Are we really supposed to believe that being black is an advantage for a man named Barack Hussein Obama? First he is accused of being a Muslim (as if something would be wrong with that). Then he is accused of being the recipient of the support of the leader of the Black Muslims, Minister Louis Farrakhan. Now that he has established himself as a bona fide Christian it is suddenly revealed that he is, oh my, a black Christian.

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Resource Types: Articles.

The Doctrine of God

Classical theism, the reigning doctrine of God in Christendom, affirms that God is void of body, parts, passions, even compassion, wholly simple, wholly immutable, independent, immaterial, the supreme cause and never the effect. What creatures have, God does not. I challenge this doctrine, on five grounds.

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The Collected Sermons of William Sloan Coffin: The Riverside Years

The Collected Sermons of William Sloane Coffin: The Riverside Years capture the renowned preacher and social activist at work at the historic Riverside Church in New York City between 1977 and 1987.

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Resource Types: Books.

Breakfast with the Dalai Lama

The Seeds of Compassion organization is a very interesting organization and I believe it has a lot to tell those of us that are still trying to grow Christian churches. The organization came through the collaboration of the Kirlin Foundation and the Venerable Tenzin Dhonden and many other religious, educational and spiritual people from the area. These dreamers wanted to bring concrete public awareness, public will, and an empowering call to action to address our local and global need for the social and emotional well-being of children…As an outcome, they seek to bring social and emotional learning into families, to caregivers, and to schools so that all who touch the lives of children have the tools and empowerment to provide the foundation for kinder and more compassionate children, communities, and society. (Quotes from their own brochure)

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Coping With Change

It is time for a change … so that divine order can unfold. Abram’s soul did not incarnate simply to be happy and comforable. His is a much grander destiny.

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Topics: New Thought/New Age. Resource Types: Sermons.

The Truth about the Historical Jesus? — Part 4–Earth Day

This article quotes some of Jesus’ sayings in celebration of Earth Day, April 22nd, 2008. Please feel free to send comments to gm.jm@sympatico.ca

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Topics: Social & Environmental Ministry. Resource Types: Articles.

Why Have A Wayshower?

Earth humans enter this glorious stage of transition into the New Aquarian (Golden) Age having had a vast variety of religious and spiritual experiences.Many left the traditional church disillusioned, even angry, and want nothing more to do with the Bible or Jesus.On the other hand, many have never studied the Bible and know little about Jesus.

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