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We’re All Connected

In my pocket, all my waking day, I carry a device that enables me to communicate instantly with practically anyone around the globe. I’m a cog in a vast international system of manufacturing, trade, and consumption. Sure, we’re all connected in these ways. But in our face-to-face encounters with other people, or when we walk in wilderness and commune personally with other living beings, we sense this connection in a much deeper way.

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Emerging Spirituality and Awareness Conference- Session Previews

Beyond all the things that divide us, both from ourselves and each other, awareness brings us back to our essential oneness. In June 2014, Ian Lawton, founder of soulseeds.com, had a series of transformative conversations with renowned spiritual leaders from many traditions on the topic of awareness. Whether you caught the conference live or not, you can now access any or all of it in the way that best suits you. Find out more below about the DVDs, CDs and book version of the conference and increase the peace, both within and in the world. This conference has aired, but you can still own all 31 sessions!

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God in Big History 3:5 (beta) “Reality Rules!”

Big History is humanity’s first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God(s) that is *undeniably* and *inescapably* real. Part 3 of 5 focuses on what and where God is in Big History and why it matters.

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God in Big History 1:5 (beta) “The Big Picture”

Big History *synthesizes* science and religion—head and heart—by transcending and including reason and faith, facts and values. Honoring both ‘how things are’ and ‘which things matter’ is essential for human survival. Part 1 explores what BH is, why it is important, and the significance of a global, evidential view of God & religion.

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Not Dark Yet

Last September, Fred Plumer, a minister in the United Church of Christ, gave the Fall SPAFER* Lectures. The topic of his lectures was “Progressive Christianity – What Is It?” While Plumer cited statistics indicating a wholesale decline in church membership throughout the Western World, the refreshing thing was that he came with no program to implement for jump-starting congregations. Instead of programs, he offered insights into a meaningful way of life based upon the teachings of Jesus.

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Affirmations and Confessions of a Progressive Christian Layman – Part Two

Thankfully, ideas gradually and sometimes painfully changed, even in the church. Now, over 500 years later, we are entering a new age that will demand a reexamination of our most sacred ideas and beliefs just as those of the pre-modern era evolved into those of the modern age. So Christians need to re-examine the modern version of Christianity to make certain that it is viable in the postmodern age that is dawning.

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Kindred Spirits: A Collection by Carrie Newcomer- Music CD

Relating Kindred Spirits: A Collection, spirituality and songwriting, Newcomer writes “I am one of a growing number of people who don’t want to put the sacred in such a small container. I am disturbed that one very narrowly focused and extremely political brand of Christianity being called the ‘religious voice.’ There are wide communities of spiritual people who believe that walking this world in love and compassion is about feeding the hungry, providing for the poor or sick, caring for our elders, making sure that the table of love includes and welcomes everyone, educating our children and young people, honoring our beautiful and interconnected planet. These communities believe that women are equal spiritual beings, and that the highest and most honorable work is creating a less violent, more just and kind world. Isn’t a life of compassion bigger than a catch phrase or sound byte? Isn’t love wider and deeper than fear?” Speaking more to this point, she shares, “If a spiritual leader is teaching hate, it is not spiritual message, it is political message.”

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Nonviolent Communion Liturgy

When Jesus sat at tables and broke bread with tax collectors, lawyers, rich elites, and poor peasants, he proclaimed that God’s gracious love and abiding presence know no bounds.

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Characteristics of Convergence Christianity

While adherents claim to feel more Christian, or Buddhist, or Jewish than ever, they are finding more solidarity with one another than ever before.
They seem to be moving toward a similar “sweet spot,” one that integrates similar core values within the differing beliefs that frame those values.

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A Story Less Often Told

Towards a New Trajectory for the Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is a rich and beautiful liturgical event. It is adaptable to many different contexts and situations, from larger cathedrals to smaller rural parishes. Like much of Anglican worship, it is a feast for the ear.

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Simultaneously Embracing the Magical, Mythical, Empirical, and Rational

‎Eric Elnes, Senior Pastor of Countryside Community Church (UCC), has begun thinking about what he sees as a “convergence” trajectory for post-evangelical Christians and postliberal Christians.  He thinks those two groups are moving toward one another from …

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Living the Questions 2.0 Home Edition

Living the Questions 2.0 Home Edition brings together over thirty highly acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts in a video exploration of an open, inclusive, broad-minded Christianity. Already utilized by thousands of progressive Christian communities, LtQ2 Home Edition is licensed for private home viewing and includes three DVD discs with twenty-one 20-minute episodes.

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What is Progressive Christianity?

  ProgressiveChristianity.org 8 Points 2011   A List of Resources on What is Progressive Christianity.   About Us   President Fred Plumer on Progressive Christianity     Other videos in Fred Plumer’s “Explaining Progressive Christianity” series!   …

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The Immutability of Change

From: Words and Ways

Wave after wave of natural disasters and eruptions of human conflict set our heads spinning. Despotic regimes are getting overthrown, one right after the other; while the Occupy Movement gains momentum, demanding change of one sort or another. If change is the one constant, why do we resist? If it might reflect the nature of a divine imperative, how might we become agents and co-participants of such change ourselves?

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Blogs We Love

<p>Below is a list of weblogs by TCPC leadership as well as some of our other favorite blogs.&nbsp; Feel free to <a href="http://www.tcpc.org/about/send_email.cfm?person_id=241">submit</a> your favorites to us, including your own, so we can add them to the list!</p>
<h4><a href="http://iallison.blogspot.com/"><img style="float: right;" title="love alike" src="../images/photo/LoveAlike.jpg" alt="love alike" width="160" height="204" /></a></h4>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TCPC BLOGS</strong></span></p>
<p><strong>TCPC Main Blog: <a href="http://tcpc.blogs.com/openpath/">Open Path</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>Jim Adams: <a href="http://tcpc.blogs.com/better/">Better than Believing</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>Jim Burklo: <a href="http://tcpc.blogs.com/musings/">Musings </a></strong><strong> </strong></p>
<p><strong>Crosswalk America: <a href="http://tcpc.blogs.com/crosswalkamerica/">CrosswalkAmerica</a></strong></p>
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<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>OTHER FAVS</strong></span></p>
<p><strong>Phil Snider:</strong> <a href="http://philsnider.wordpress.com/">Writer, Speaker, Pastor, Husband, Dad</a></p>
<p><strong>Religion Dispatches: <a href="http://www.religiondispatches.org/blog/">The Devils Advocate</a> </strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Mark Sandlin:</strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://www.thegodarticle.com/index.html">The God Article</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>Different Voice</strong>: <a href="http://www.differentvoice.com/">Resources and Training for Progressive Christian Education</a></p>
<h4>Mike&nbsp;Morrell: <a href="http://zoecarnate.wordpress.com/">Zoecarnate</a></h4>
<p><strong>Sea Raven:</strong> <a href="http://www.gaiarising.org/blog.html">Gaia Rising, Liberal Christian Commentary</a></p>
<p><strong>Naomi Kirstein</strong>: <a href="http://skywoman.wordpress.com/">Skywoman</a></p>
<p><strong>Ian Lawton: <a href="http://ianwlawton.blogspot.com/">Aussie Heretic</a> </strong></p>
<p><strong>Alison Rockey: <a href="http://iallison.blogspot.com/">I Alison</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>Lauri Lumby:</strong> <a href="http://yourspiritualtruth.com/">Your Spiritual Truth</a></p>
<p><strong>Nathan Schneider: </strong><a href="http://www.therowboat.com/">The Row Boat</a></p>
<p><strong>Spencer Burke:</strong> <a href="http://www.theooze.com/main.cfm">The Ooze</a></p>
<p><strong>John Shuck:</strong> <a href="http://www.shuckandjive.org/">Shuck and Jive</a></p>
<p><strong>Rev Chuck Queen:</strong> <a href="http://www.afreshperspective-chuck.blogspot.com/">A Fresh Perspective</a></p>
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<p><strong>Michael Dowd:</strong> <a href="http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/category/blog">Thank God for Evolution</a></p>
<p><strong>Chris Glaser:</strong> <a href="http://chrisglaser.blogspot.com/">Progressive Christian Reflections</a></p>
<p><strong>Ron Cole:</strong> <a href="http://thewearypilgrim.typepad.com/the_weary_pilgrim/">The Weary Pilgrim</a></p>
<p><a href="http://faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com/"><strong>Faithful Progressive </strong></a></p>
<p><a href="http://consciouschrist.livejournal.com/">Conscious Christ </a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.patheos.com/community/mainlineportal/">Patheos- Faith Forward </a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/the-living-hour-lords-prayer">The Living Hour and Lord's Prayer</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.livingnonviolence.com/">Living NonViolence:</a> <span>Information and inspiration on everyday nonviolence</span></p>
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Progressive Christianity and Mysticism?

In just a few days I will head out to the Wild Goose Festival, where I will be speaking on “Contemplation as a Subversive Act.”

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Big Tent Christianity — Progressives, Emergents Find Common Ground at National Event

PHOENIX, AZ ; More than 300 participants;some self-identified as Progressive Christians, others as Emergent Christians gathered Feb. 10-11 to meet one another for the first time in an event termed “Big Tent Christianity.”

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Big Tent

A life-long progressive Christian attends an event entitled “Big Tent Christianity” and is surprisingly thrilled to dialogue with members of a novel, youthful take on traditional Christianity. In addition, Fred Plumer gives us his take on Brian McLaren, the central spokesperson for Emergent Christianity.

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Big Tent Phoenix

As one of the behind the scenes helpers of Big Tent Christianity, I can honestly say that I feel like last week’s Phoenix event was very successful.

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Conversion Is Possible for All of Us

I have lost most of the fundamentalist Christian doctrines I was taught in my younger days in order to find a more inclusive, compassionate, and transformational Christian faith. “Losing” unhealthy beliefs so more life-enhancing ones can emerge is part of the conversion process. 

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A Free Groundbreaking Teleseminar Series

Join thirty of today’s most inspiring Christian leaders and esteemed scientists for a groundbreaking dialogue on how an evolutionary worldview can enrich your life, deepen your faith, and bless our world. On EvolutionaryChristianity.com

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What is Progressive Christianity Anyway?

This article was first published in the January/Febbruary 2007 magazine The Progressive Christian. It is posted here with permission. It covers the topic of the growing momentum of something called progressive Christianity but also points out that it is a movement with many interpretations and definitions. It is still in the rather exciting period of self-discovery.

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