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Mary and James Under the Cross, A Drama for Good Friday

A Play by RB Sperling with E. Lindsay and C. Toaspern. Drama Setting: After the crucifixion of Jesus, witnessed by Mary, his mother, and James, his brother, Mary approaches the empty cross; James discovers her there. Devastated by the death of her son, Mary seeks solace in the last place she saw him. James, fearful of encountering the centurions who crucified his brother, seeks temporary protection in his mother's arms. Together they try to understand what the future may hold for them.

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The Times They Are A-Changin

Two weeks ago I experienced a change I could not have imagined any time in the past. I attended the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion. I have been doing this for over twenty-five years. The lectures were established in 1901 to bring prominent religious leaders to Berkeley's university community. These lectures have featured such internationally known figures as Theodore Roosevelt, Elie Wiesel, Howard Thurman, Maya Angelou, Paul Tillich, Walter Brueggemann, and Alice Walker.

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POST DENOMINATIONAL HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

Change is in the air and the deep rooted change of mind required of us in the present global stress challenges us all to set our own lives in the big picture…….Here is an attempt to make word picture of the mindshift required. Iwonder if it would stir creative thoughts among tcpc participants.

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An Affirmation of Faith

For use as a prologue to worship, or as an alternative to the Nicene Creed, or as a hand-out for visitors. May be used in sections at intervals during the service.  From Rector at St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church.

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The Gospel According to Jesus

Jesus proclaimed an astonishing Gospel! But, isn't it strange that his harshest criticisms were directed at those within the religious community? He said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut up the kingdom of heaven from men, for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in" (Matt. 23:13).

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Living the Questions 2.0

To order with a 10% discount, first visit this page for the TCPC code.  LtQ2 is the completely revised and expanded version of Living the Questions, the popular DVD & internet-based small group exploration of progressive Christianity featuring premier religion voices of our day.

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When Less Affiliation is Good News

What is the least religious state in America? Oregon. The most religious? Mississippi. Oregon, not Mississippi, reflects the emerging trend of the western world; cynicism about institutional religion and little desire to affiliate with any particular religion or denomination.

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Where Two or More Are Gathered: Exploring Alternative Worship Strategies

How would it feel to participate in an extravagantly creative worship experience? Could a service be designed that mixes church tradition with original ideas? Does alternative worship enhance or alienate the church community? How does it effect outreach?

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Topics: The Arts & Culture and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Articles.

A God for the Gaps?

Many of our problems derive primarily from two outdated ideas: the Bible as the literal and inerrant Word of God, and the divinity of Jesus. If we could accept that both these ideas are no longer helpful, many of the theological problems of our faith would be resolved. An improvement in our relations with other faiths would also become possible.

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Build and Sustain Faith Communities by Feeding the Hungry

This presentation was given by Fred Plumer at the Common Dreams Conference in Sydney, Australia last month. It clearly lays out 8 steps and goals for churches and spiritual communities that want to build and sustain their communities by feeding the hunger that people feel for spirituality, purpose, a mission, and clear path.

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Free, New Progressive Hymns

William Flanders makes his progressive hymns available for free on his website.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Hymns and Music.

Progressive Baptismal Liturgy

At the request of parents from different faith traditions who express a progressive religious faith, Evangelical United Church of Christ (Webster Grove, MO) revisited the questions and promises of their infant baptism ceremony.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

In Defense of

In the May 2002 issue of the TCPC newsletter, James R. Adams, our much admired former president, presented an article entitled, “In Defense of ‘Lord’ in Liturgy.” His arguments boil down to: Men have been comfortable with …

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Articles.

The Creation Story

And God stepped out on space. And God looked around on space. And God said, "I am lonely. I’ll make me a world!" And as far as the eye of God could see, darkness covered everything. Blacker …

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The Eight Pointed Star

THERE IS A TABLE WITH A VARIETY OF BREADS AND CHALICES ON IT IN THE CENTER OF THE CATHEDRAL. AT EIGHT POINTS AROUND THE TABLE, THERE ARE SMALL TABLES WITH CANDLES ON THEM. Opening Litany Leader: As …

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

The Eucharist

The author describes this as a “liturgical form known as a ‘bibliodramatic sermon,’ a technique… developed out of my study of psychodrama…it is a great way to actively involve the entire congregation in the creation/experience of a …

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Full Service Liturgies.

In Defense of

In my upbringing, I learned that the first Christian statement of faith was probably “Jesus is Lord.” The context in which St. Paul used the affirmation sounds as if he were quoting something that his readers would immediately recognize: “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:3). To call Jesus “Lord” is to say that I have a relationship with Jesus. I am declaring my loyalty and acknowledging his authority in my life. That is very different from saying that “Jesus is God”, a statement that does not appear in the Bible.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Articles.
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