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Without progressive Christianity, the only Christian voice that many people would hear is the voice of fundamentalists…

 
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Dear Friend,

When I was in college, I took a course on the New Testament.  For the first time, the text was not filtered through the lens of belief and dogma.  Like many who begin to deconstruct the Bible through a historical critical lens, I began to wonder if the Church, God, and faith had any relevance in my life anymore.  Around that time, a campus minister handed me Marcus Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.  That book breathed new life into my soul.  I found an articulation of a faith that was intellectually honest, compelling, and social justice focused; it was an expression of the Gospel that spoke to me in a way that resonated very deeply.  This initial foray into progressive Christianity opened up my mind to new ways of thinking and led me into a deeper search for truth and understanding of that divine mystery that is within us and all around us.  I can honestly say that without progressive Christianity, I would no longer be in the Church.

Progressive Christianity has not only played an important role in my life and ministry but continues to play an essential role in our society.  Without progressive Christianity, the only Christian voice that many people would hear is the voice of fundamentalists who yell the loudest.  That form of “Christianity” is a homophobic, xenophobic, jingoistic religion that is inauthentic to the values of Jesus.  During this time of division in our country, we need the voice lifted by progressive Christianity and ProgressiveChristianity.org, which promotes the Gospel tenets of unwavering love, radical hospitality, unqualified inclusion, and justice for those on the margins.  These were the values of Jesus and ought to be the guiding principles for all Jesus-followers.

There are so many worthy organizations vying for your end of the year gifts, but I hope you will consider what a gift to ProgressiveChristianity.org accomplishes.  Donating to this incredible organization not only supports the important work of resourcing people on the teachings of progressive Christianity, it also fosters hope for a better world and the values of Jesus.  Please consider giving to support the work of this life-changing organization.

Peace and Love,
 
The Rev. Caleb J. Lines
Senior Minister, University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)/United Church of Christ
ProgressiveChristianity.org Board Member

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