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When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

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Benediction

May the God you see in all the colors of creation arouse in you a sense of awe and wonder.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: Ordinary Time and Pentecost. Ages: All Ages. Prayers: Benediction. Resource Types: Prayers.

Come Spirit, Bless Us with Your Fire

A new hymn from John Schimminger of St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo NY

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Mind In The Balance

By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world.

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Topics: Religion/Spirituality and Science. Resource Types: Books.

Lots Of Hope

Entitled “Lots of Hope,” his book is a discourse on the powerful role that hope plays in the lives of individuals and communities, particularly his own.

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Resource Types: Books and Interfaith.

Coming Out As a Heretic

Not religious, not spiritual, not atheist—what’s left?

Embracing heresy is a way of asserting my place—however tenuous—in this ancient tradition, while acknowledging that most of what I think and do will not pass creedal litmus tests. In a religion of more than two billion adherents, this is hardly a surprise.

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Lord’s Prayer

A contemporary version of the Lord’s Prayer adapted from the prayer book of the Anglican Church of New Zealand.

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Progressive Books Study Guide #1

Click here for the Progressive Books Group Study Guide 1 of 10   Have You Been Left Behind? Book-Based Discussion Guides for Progressive Christians   Books Studied: Why Christianity Must Change or Die, John Shelby Spong The …

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The Complete Gospels, 4th Edition

The Complete Gospels is the first publication ever to collect the canonical gospels and their extracanonical counterpoints under one cover. The selected extracanonical gospels date from the first and second centuries, are independent of the canonical gospels, and significantly contribute to our understanding of the developments in the Jesus tradition leading up to and surrounding the New Testament gospels.

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The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

46. And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47. and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48. for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49. for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

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