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Why a Progressive Christian Vision Is So Important

More progressive expressions of Christianity emphasize more inclusive versions of the kingdom of God. In Colossians 3, after admonishing his readers to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forbearance, and forgiveness, the writer says: “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (3:14).

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Loving God in All Creation

1. Loving God in all creation,
Source and pulse of human life,
Unseen hope of every nation,
Healer of disease and strife;

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Hymns.

We Are Community

An opening affirmation

We are community
Embraced by the mystery of God’s love for all creation

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Evolving Affirmations of Faith, and Prayers.

For Openness to Change

I wish for the source of ageless restoration to renew my spirit of transformation; then enliven enthusiasm, enlighten acumen and enhance kindness with patient understanding.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Affirmations, Meditations, Prayers, and Readings.

SOULJOURN

A new novel by Jim Burklo Now available as an e-book at Patheos Press   Become a Souljourner!  “Like” the SOULJOURN Facebook page While on a hike near his deep southwestern home one morning, a quirky teenager …

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Christian Unity

There’s a line in a popular Christian song that makes me cry every time: “We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.” It makes me question my attachment to labeling myself a Christian Progressive or a Christian liberal.

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Canticle of the Sun

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi

Let us celebrate the life of Francis of Assisi who loved all of creation. With him, let us give thanks for:
Brother Sun, who brings the day; and who radiates the divine. He is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Earth Day. Resource Types: Poetry, Prayers, and Readings.

Night Sky Wonder

As I step outside a crystal-clear night awaits me
Star gazing’s my passion and the sky views are free

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry.

Asilomar Beach

My eyes cut a sliver of the lighted moon for your glory
I watch the darkness clear the sky for stars
Standing in the silent sound of your name
I claim this sand for your kingdom

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry.

A Search for the Historically Angry Jesus

a review by Jim Burklo

Do not think that Aslan, a professor of creative writing at my alma mater, the University of California at Riverside, wrote this book to present the Jesus of nonviolent compassion. Aslan zealously pursues an historically angry Jesus who sought to evict the Romans by force and institute an earthly realm of divine justice for the poor.

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