Lent, Week 4

One reason we search for new language, especially at this time of year, is that for many Christians, the traditional words have lost their ability to touch us. Repetition can bring the joy of the familiar, but it can also cause us to glaze right over….

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Lent, Week 3

Traditionally Lent is a time during which we “give up” something, but more recently many people have moved to “taking on” something during the Lenten season.

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Lent, Week 2

Of all the symbols we encounter during Lent, none is more recognizable than the cross.

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Lent, Week 1

Lent comes early this year. It seems like we just put away the last of the Christmas decorations and turned to face the new year, and here comes Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13).

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Lent Liturgy

  May this time of Lent be a time for introspective meditation, letting go, acceptance, and rebirth.   The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for Spring, which is derived from a verb meaning: to lengthen. Lent …

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New Inspirations

Sharing progressive liturgies is a great way to confirm that we’re not alone in our non-dogmatic interpretations of Jesus’ teachings. Contributions for our liturgy resource continue to arrive from around the globe.

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Music for Worship and Gathering

For many people, music is a source of experiences of the sacred. That makes the choice of music for worship services both important and challenging. Fortunately, new music for worship is constantly showing up, from all over the world!

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Seeking God

Humans are relentless in their efforts to understand God. We can change the language (some say “God” is an over-used word), we can find new metaphors (poets are especially good at this),

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Connected

We are all connected, not only across nations and cultures and religions, but across time. Even as we head into the future, we carry with us our ties to the past.

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The Lord’s Prayer, Revisited

There is a story that connects the Lord’s Prayer with the six-petaled rose at the center of an eleven-circuit labyrinth, such as the famous one found at Chartres Cathedral. Each of the petals corresponds to part of the Lord’s Prayer,

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Milestones

The milestones in our lives — births and baptisms, marriages, funerals and life celebrations — need new words to fit our new understandings.

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Epiphany

January 6 is traditionally celebrated as Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s one of the oldest celebrations of the Christian Church

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New Year

In one sense, New Year’s Day is no different than any other day. After all, the calendar we live by is a human construction.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the culmination of the anticipation and preparation of Advent. This is what we have been waiting for and now it is here. Traditions – whatever yours are – hold comfort and connection. For a little while, our world keeps a different kind of time.

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Birth

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

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Christmas Poetry

The season of Christmas holds a myriad of emotions, and that makes it fertile ground for the poet.

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Christmas the World Over

Christmas rituals have evolved over the centuries, interacting with local cultures and stories to produce distinctive traditions in different parts of the world.

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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but giving thanks is a practice for everyone, around the world, at all times.

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Cycles

Autumn feels different depending on which cycle you respond to most strongly. Underneath, we are all still tied to the land, metaphorical farmers if not literal ones.

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Finding New Words

Finding new words to express ancient wisdom is an essential part of progressive Christianity. Not only does such an effort put the fundamental ideas into modern language, but the very act of searching for the new words is part of coming to understand what you believe and how you want to share it with others.

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Creation

Autumn….the harvest…. the fall equinox…. days grow shorter and we are reminded of nature’s cycle moving inexorably toward winter yet again.

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Remembering Them

Every time we lose someone we love, someone who inspired us and now has left us to carry on without them, someone whose presence was a part of our daily happiness, we must re-map our world.

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Justice

The struggle for justice is never-ending, and it belongs to all of us. Joining forces in a fight for justice is often the most reliable common ground we have with people of very different creeds and cultures.

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Differences

Faith communities can be a “safe place for uncomfortable conversations.”

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Youth

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they do not belong to you.” (Khalil Gibran)

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Seeking

One common response to the question “What religion are you?” is to simply say: ”I don’t follow any religion. I’m a seeker.”

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Statements of Faith

Many progressive Christian communities have stopped saying the traditional creeds together, because they no longer represent what the congregants believe to be true.

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Travel

Autumn is the time when we return from our travels, with pictures to show and stories to tell. Visiting other places gives us a perspective on home…

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“September 11”

It’s fair to say the world changed for most of us on September 11, 2001. So each year, as that date rolls around again, we are given an opportunity to remember and reflect and recommit ourselves to a world where the children of Abraham can live side by side in peace.

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Gay Pride

Spring and Summer bring Gay Pride days to many cities, and an opportunity for those supporting the LGBT community to acknowledge our solidarity.  As with every area of discrimination, much progress has been made and there is …

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Letting Go

All wisdom traditions understand the need for letting go.  And all wisdom traditions understand how difficult it is for humans to do this.  Possessions, emotions, even difficult relationships… we hold on for dear life in spite of …

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Peace

If you want to understand how we could live in a world where every religion speaks of peace and yet every nation is eventually involved in war, look no farther than what we teach our children.

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Unity Consciousness

Living as One Human Family A friend once described herself as a “knitter,” but she wasn’t talking about yarn. She likes to bring people together and help create beautiful things from their unity. What a wonderful mission …

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The Lord’s Prayer, Continued

In finding the version of the Lord’s Prayer that works for you or your church, there are many possibilities. You

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The Lord’s Prayer

Perhaps no prayer is more beloved of Christians everywhere than the Lord’s Prayer, sometimes called the Prayer of Jesus. While many of us still use the words as found in Matthew 6:9-13, it is an irresistible urge to recreate this most fundamental of prayers in modern language.

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The Olympic Games

With the Olympic Games set to begin in Rio on August 5th, we celebrate one of the few venues that brings the nations of the world together peacefully.  While we cheer for the athletes from our own …

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