Your support is helping expand Progressive Christianity. We are one of the largest sources for progressive theological perspectives, as well as our thousands of resources. It is hard to overstate their value – every time you donate it expands our ability to do all those essential offerings even better. DONATE NOW!

Pentecost

Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Spirit on the followers of Jesus. It is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter, and derives its name from that interval. (In ancient Greek Pentēkostē means “fiftieth.”)

read more

More Benedictions

To offer a benediction is to bless. To give and to receive a blessing is a small sacred moment that we could all use more of in our lives.

read more

Wedding Words

Lucky the bride with a poet or composer in the family! Nothing makes a wedding ceremony more personal than words written just for the occasion.

read more

Doubt

Everyone has doubts. Everyone has questions. It used to be a sign of “faith” to suppress one’s doubts and questions, but no more.

read more

Mystery

How bleak the world would be without mystery! Even as science daily moves the line between the known and the mysterious, there is always more mystery.

read more

Evolving

The human species is evolving. Along with the physical changes and the consciousness changes comes a natural evolution in our understanding of the Sacred.

read more

Earth Day

Earth Day reminds us that “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” (Chief Seattle)

read more

Easter Prayer

Christos Aneste! Christ is risen! The response is Alithos Aneste! He is risen indeed! Whether your interpretation of the resurrection is literal or metaphorical, Easter morning is always welcome.

read more

Following Jesus

One of the great contributions of progressive Christianity’s embrace of the quest for the historical Jesus is the renewed focus on the humanity of Jesus.

read more

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is like a little glimpse of Easter, a bit of celebration after the somber tone of Lent.

read more

Spring

The signs of Spring are everywhere… Lent has begun, Daylight Savings Time is back (that was quick), and the Spring equinox is imminent.

read more

New Images

Sharing an understanding of that which is beyond description calls us to constantly find new images, new metaphors, yet another word for the wordless.

read more

The Bible

“We take the Bible seriously, we just don’t take it literally.”

read more

Ash Wednesday

Observance of Ash Wednesday in progressive communities marks the beginning of a time of introspection and turning back to our connection with the Sacred.

read more

Images of Nature

To be out in nature, re-confirming our connection to that which we did not make, is a form of worship for many people.

read more

Farewells

Memorial services or life celebrations offer an opportunity to share our grief, to remember treasured times, even to calm our own fears about what lies ahead. Despite the best efforts of every religion, what follows death is still a mystery.

read more

Farewell

Memorial services in progressive communities are often in need of new words to express the emotions surrounding death. The comfort of the 23rd Psalm is pretty universal, but after that it varies widely.

read more

Spirit Within

So many metaphors for describing the experience that there is more to us than just our bodies and our minds…

read more

Up from the Waters

“Up from the waters into life.” However you interpret the sacrament of baptism in your tradition, the ritual almost always involves water.

read more

Transfiguration

In the traditional story of the Transfiguration, three disciples go with Jesus to the top of a mountain where they see a vision. Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus, who appears radiant.

read more

Light

Light in the darkness. In every culture, in every religion, in every wisdom tradition, light is a metaphor for knowledge, sight, understanding, consciousness, awakening, birth and rebirth.

read more

New Beginnings

We make a new beginning every morning, indeed in every moment, but there is something about the yearly start in January that captures the imagination.

read more

Christmas Day

As Henry Van Dyke wrote nearly a century ago, “There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas…

read more

Christmas Carols

No time during the year is more perilous for the progressive church musician than Advent and Christmas!

read more

Birth

Every birth is a miracle. The Christmas story gives us a chance to relive, to re-experience that miracle every year.

read more

The Visit of the Magi

The story of the visit of the three wise men from the East has inspired countless retellings.

read more

Advent Again

Can it be Advent again, already? I’m not ready… But then, are we ever “ready” for Advent? Perhaps that’s the point: Advent is the time to get ready.

read more

Thanks-Giving

Giving thanks, expressing gratitude … it’s a foundational part of a happy life.

read more

Presence

How do you experience the presence of God? Is it being out in nature, or hearing/singing/playing music, or finding selflessness in meditation… it’s a universal experience that is also intensely individual.

read more

Veterans’ Day

We can be opposed to war in principle, and opposed to war in all its ugly specificities, and still express our gratitude and love for those who fight on our behalf.

read more

God Views

So many conceptions of God… and each carefully described in words, which are by definition inadequate to capture that which they are trying to describe.

read more

Global Community

It is easy for progressive Christians and their churches to feel isolated, as if they alone have stumbled on a great secret about living by the wisdom that originally inspired Christianity, and no one else seems to understand.

read more

Sacred Energy

Sacred Energy (Mass of the Universe) is a narrated musical exploration of the mystical sense of oneness and sacredness of all that is.

read more

William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827) was an astonishingly creative person. We know him for his mystical poetry, his unusual paintings and his printmaking inventions.

read more

Sing a New Song

Tell the old story with new words, sing the old song with new meaning, find a new interpretation of the old metaphor… We are comforted by our traditions even as we refuse to be bound by them.

read more

From the Heart

All wisdom traditions understand what it means to speak from the heart. But with the veneration of science and technology that exists today, it is increasingly difficult to hear one’s heart-voice.

read more