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Affirmations and Confessions of a Progressive Christian Layman – Christian Missions

I think Christian missionaries should live among the people exhibiting their Christianity in their daily lives. If the people see something in their lives that is missing in their own lives they will ask about it, which gives the missionary permission to tell them about their faith.

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From Christian Fundamentalism To An Inclusive Spirituality

On this summer Sunday, Mark Andrew Nouwen shares about his fundamentalist Christian background, which included countless church services and immersing himself in the Christian sub-culture. He shares how, near the end of Bible College, he eventually questioned and then rejected many of the tenets of fundamentalist Christianity. He concludes by sharing a new vision of what Christianity could be today and the beliefs he holds dear.

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Creed of Love

I believe in God,
the spirit of love and compassion
found at the depths of human life.

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Beyond the Boxes We Create

From the Boundless Life collection

Beyond the boxes we create,
Beyond each image we can spawn
The process river flows along
To sweep aside the now outworn.

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This, My Song

This, my song, a skeptic’s hymn,
ode to mystery within,
Sung to you no one can prove,
dwelling there, as real as love.

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Evolving

It was a long and complicated evolution
from matter
to life
to consciousness
to self-consciousness.

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From the Silence God Created

From the Boundless Life Collection

From the silence God created
Matter, movement, depth and height,
All the opposites evolving,
Spreading darkness, gifting light.

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Topics: Arts and Music, Spiritual Exploration & Practice, and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Audio MP3 and Hymns.

When Our World of Thought Lies Shattered

From the Boundless Life collection

When our world of thought lies shattered
As its truths fragment and die
We will trust the mystery’s oneness
Held within the Earth and sky.

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I Found It

A bumper sticker
displayed with pride
for all the world to see.

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Mary Magdalene Chant

All night I lay on my bed
I sought him whom my soul loves.
I sought him but did not find him.

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Feast Day of Mary Magdalene

Mary, we did not know you.
Kept hidden for centuries you were despised,
A Queen not seen, under harlot’s disguise.
Mary, we did not know you.

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Love

We meet again.
The moment,
Kind and generous,
The beauty,
Peaceful and serene

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Topics: Fiction and Poetry and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Poetry.

The Mystic Bible

Every once in awhile, we come across resources that are not easily available to our global readership and we feel l it necessary to support and offer them. This kind of creative work we support helps people all along the spectrum understand our intent and theology. The Mystic Bible is perfectly balanced on the progressive spectrum, meaningful for people who are deeply connected to the stories of the Bible, mystical and poetic, and yet innovative and theologically progressive.

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Doubt

Concrete certainty
solidifies
fluid possibility
and stultifies
natural evolution

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Topics: Belief and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

Push the Limits

1. When we battle anxious moments,
Eager to be free from fear,
When our past controls our present
And the future’s far from clear,

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Topics: Belief and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Hymns.

Monthly eBulletin- Prayer within Sacred Community

When Jesus prayed, he found a sense of sacred oneness, when Buddha meditated, he became awake to deeper levels of awareness. No one truly knows the effectiveness of prayer, but one thing is for sure- when we take the time to be still, to slow down, to go inward, we almost always discover something about ourselves and the potential awareness that we are not alone.

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Prayer in Sacred Community

Last month, when we focused on worship and prayer, we had a lot of debate about how we do this with non-traditional concepts of God, especially in church settings. Folks talked fairly easily about private prayer, usually meditative or contemplative, non-formulaic, very personal. They pray, and they find in varying degrees that their times of prayer feed their spirits, enrich their lives, and help shape their decisions and behavior.

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