• By Published On: January 24, 2021

    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.

  • By Published On: January 17, 2021

    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,

  • By Published On: January 10, 2021

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

  • By Published On: January 3, 2021

    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

  • By Published On: December 27, 2020

    You are the new day.” One last fond look back to the year just finishing, and we turn and set our gaze forward to the new day, the new year.

  • By Published On: December 20, 2020

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

  • By Published On: December 13, 2020

    Every birth is a miracle, and none more so than the birth of Jesus, celebrated at the time of the winter solstice. The harbinger of spring, the hope for the world.

  • By Published On: December 6, 2020

    Advent… a time of anticipation, of waiting and watching as the darkness deepens. There are many ways to mark the passing of this time...

  • By Published On: November 29, 2020

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

  • By Published On: November 22, 2020

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

  • By Published On: November 15, 2020

    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),

  • By Published On: November 8, 2020

    Worship music can come from almost anywhere. It doesn’t have to be a 200-year-old hymn, although that can work if it has meaning and resonance for a particular congregation.

  • By Published On: November 1, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: October 25, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: October 18, 2020

    “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)

  • By Published On: October 11, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: October 4, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: September 27, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: September 20, 2020

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

  • By Published On: September 13, 2020

    Guidance comes to us in so many ways. But in our modern world of scientific, left-brain analytic information, it takes a deliberate effort to rediscover the ancient ways of wisdom guidance.

  • By Published On: September 6, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: August 23, 2020

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

  • By Published On: August 16, 2020

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

  • By Published On: August 9, 2020

    Healing prayers and rituals are among the oldest traditions of humankind.  Even today, many congregations offer special healing services, often reclaiming the ancient

  • By Published On: August 2, 2020

    Saying grace before a meal offers us all a chance to pause for a moment of gratitude in our busy days.  Grace can

  • By Published On: July 26, 2020

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

  • By Published On: July 19, 2020

    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.

  • By Published On: July 12, 2020

    “In the beginning was the Word…” Words are both our means of communication and the source of most of our misunderstandings. Whether you are a rational scholar or a metaphorical poet, words are the common currency.

  • By Published On: July 5, 2020

    Compassion is the cornerstone of every faith tradition.  The movement out of yourself, to the point of being concerned with the sufferings of

  • By Published On: June 28, 2020

    We celebrate the Fourth of July and we say God Bless America and we struggle to guide our nation to act responsibly towards