8 Points Flyer (2011 Version)

We have a new 2011 updated version of our 8 Points Flyer. Here is the text of the new 8 points.

By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean that we are Christians who….
1. Believe that following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life;
2. Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
3. Seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to: Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, Believers and agnostics, Women and men, Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, Those of all classes and abilities;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
6. Strive for peace and justice among all people;
7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.

Review & Commentary

  • Rev. Julia Jarvis

    LIKE This. I believe!

  • Christopher Epting

    I wholeheartedly endorse all 8, and so try to live and teach.

    Christopher Epting
    Assisting Bishop
    Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

  • Peter Delany

    In my opinion, I would like a statement of a progressive Christianity which more specifically reflects the teachings and or example of Jesus, rather than philosophical beliefs which, while consistent with the wisdom of Jesus, seem to be derived independently of Him. In other words, the points seem to reflect Humanistic values which while admirable, are not Christian per se.

  • Mary Cummings

    When all the world’s religious leaders can agree on common values and seek to understand others, and their religious underpinnings, we will know each other. We will recognize the best and the Highest of their practices and beliefs, finding how similar they are to our own. We will see how much we actually do have in common. War will assuredly end as we see more of ourselves in each other and connect with our common humanity and love of a Higher Power, by whatever name. Fear will be ashed away, making room for trust and peace.

  • Linda Klinefelter

    It is this belief that keeps me centered in my love of Jesus Christ…it may not be the faith of other Christians, but I believe it is the faith that Jesus Christ would have wanted.

  • Marty Holmes

    I like this “8 points flyer”

  • Joseph Kloza

    To “believe” in any absolute answers would be the height of arrogance. I know that I don’t know, yet I know that a path of love and caring ,where there are more questions than answers , is the only logical path for stardust in exile.

  • Wynne Ross

    Looks like being progressive means that we are afraid to tell the TRUTH that Jesus is not someone we just follow the “teachings of”. Christians believe Jesus died for us and without Him we can not live in Unity or find Self! Progressive or not we can not smooth that over with new age fluff!

    • elizabeth giroux

      Hello Wynne
      You may want to read John Shelby Spongs book “Jesus for the Non Religious” . Jesus didn’t die for me. He was unjustifiably crucified for his “new agey teachings” Like, Love one another as I have loved you. Turn the other cheek, love your enemies. He was inclusive and sure made the religious authority at the time uncomfortable.

      • Janice

        it seems like one can be stuck in the Jesus we were taught about/indoctrinated to believe in until thinking people come along giving permission to question. thank you ‘progressive christians. my load seems lighter now.

  • Deb