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Getting to Peace

Getting to peace begins at home and extends out to neighborhoods, cities, states, countries and across the world. The challenge always is to stand for peace without using violence to accomplish it.

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Mental Models

To be on a spiritual journey is to be constantly evolving our “mental models” about how the world works, how we fit into it, who or what God is (or isn’t) and how God works in the world. Scientists use mental models all the time.

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Differences

Faith communities can be a “safe place for uncomfortable conversations.”

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Ritual

All cultures have rituals. One of the liberating outcomes of worshipping in a progressive faith community is the freedom to create new rituals as well as adapt old ones.

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Words for Prayer

More than 1200 years ago, the Islamic saint Rabia of Basra wrote:
In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist…
(from “Love Poems from God”, trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

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Expressing the Inexpressible

Consider these few lines by beloved poet Mary Oliver:
Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

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Seeking

One common response to the question “What religion are you?” is to simply say: ”I don’t follow any religion. I’m a seeker.”

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Openness to Change

Change is a challenge at any age in almost any context. Human nature seems to prefer the known, the predictable. Churches, as we know, are no exception!

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Inspired by Nature

Nature provides us with a never-ending source of imagery for the Divine.

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Benedictions

To be blessed as we leave worship and go out into the world is a lovely moment.

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Prayer

Prayer is our heart speaking. In most of our Protestant churches, we get an abundance of head speaking, which makes the balance afforded by prayer time all the more important.

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New Inspirations

Sharing progressive liturgies is a great way to confirm that we’re not alone in our non-dogmatic interpretations of Jesus’ teachings. Contributions for our liturgy resource continue to arrive from around the globe.

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