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Earth Day 2014

Thomas Berry, the Catholic priest and ecotheologian, wrote:
We must move beyond a spirituality focused simply on the divine and the human to a spirituality concerned with the survival of the natural world in its full splendor,

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Easter Sunday

Easter can be a challenging time for progressive Christians. We have let go of much of the traditional Christian doctrine that contains the answers to Big Questions, but the questions themselves remain.

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Good Friday

Good Friday, with its graphic images of death and despair, is endurable every year because we already know that Easter is coming, soon. But what if we didn’t know that?

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is like a little glimpse of Easter, a bit of celebration after the somber tone of Lent.

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Following Jesus

One of the great contributions of progressive Christianity’s embrace of the quest for the historical Jesus is the renewed focus on the humanity of Jesus.

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New Images

Sharing an understanding of that which is beyond description calls us to constantly find new images, new metaphors, yet another word for the wordless.

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Spring

The signs of Spring are everywhere… Lent has begun, Daylight Savings Time is back (that was quick), and the Spring equinox is imminent.

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Farewell

Memorial services in progressive communities are often in need of new words to express the emotions surrounding death. The comfort of the 23rd Psalm is pretty universal, but after that it varies widely.

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Ash Wednesday

Observance of Ash Wednesday in progressive communities marks the beginning of a time of introspection and turning back to our connection with the Sacred.

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Sing a New Song

Tell the old story with new words, sing the old song with new meaning, find a new interpretation of the old metaphor… We are comforted by our traditions even as we refuse to be bound by them.

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Images of Nature

To be out in nature, re-confirming our connection to that which we did not make, is a form of worship for many people.

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Transfiguration

In the traditional story of the Transfiguration, three disciples go with Jesus to the top of a mountain where they see a vision. Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus, who appears radiant.

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Time

“Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.” (Isaac Watts)

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New Beginnings

We make a new beginning every morning, indeed in every moment, but there is something about the yearly start in January that captures the imagination.

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From the Heart

All wisdom traditions understand what it means to speak from the heart. But with the veneration of science and technology that exists today, it is increasingly difficult to hear one’s heart-voice.

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Milestones

The milestones in our lives — births and baptisms, marriages, funerals and life celebrations — need new words to fit our new understandings.

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The Visit of the Magi

The story of the visit of the three wise men from the East has inspired countless retellings.

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Birth

Every birth is a miracle. The Christmas story gives us a chance to relive, to re-experience that miracle every year.

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