What is Progressive Christianity all about?

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The progressive Christianity movement continues to morph and evolve in relationship to the voices rising up within the Christian movement as a whole.   Groups identifying themselves as Progressive Christians uphold freedom of thought and practice paramount within Christianity, and respect and humility paramount regarding how Christians relate to other religions and beliefs.  There are on-going discussions and trials seeking common ground, common definitions and common understandings, but the nature of the movement defies structure and agreement.

Progressive Christianity USA has established Eight Points members attempt to adhere to:
“By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who…

-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;
-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;Abu Dabi mosque by Joanne Vanderee
-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;

-Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
-Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
-Strive for peace and justice among all people;
-Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth;
-Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.”

Progressive isn’t a place. It is a state of mind and the next step from wherever you find yourself entrenched. Whether in the church, in your workplace, or in your relationships, a progressive perspective is characterized by openness, passion, creativity, and a willingness to explore beyond wherever you are at the moment.

Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity

Members seek a credible and inclusive way to follow Jesus. We are unafraid to question traditional church teaching; we value contemporary thought and recent biblical understanding. We do not offer a set of answers but we invite you to join us in asking the questions

Progressive Christian Network Britain

Progressive Christianity is an open, intelligent, and collaborative approach to the Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus that creates a pathway into an authentic and relevant religious experience.

Progressive Christianity USA

...a network of people who are exploring new approaches to Christianity in their search for meaning and the development of a contemporary spirituality

Progressive Christianity Network of South Australia

The logo for Progressive Christianity of Victoria, Australia, at the top of this post, says it all: Open hearts, Open hands, Open minds.

Investigating alternatives to traditional religious beliefs and practices and new ways to understand religious faith

Progressive Christianity Network of Victoria, Australia

Numerous links to liberal and progressive Christian websites

 

Progressive Christianity USA has established Eight Points members attempt to adhere to:
“By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean 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;
  1.  Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
  2.  Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
  3.  Strive for peace and justice among all people;
  4.  Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth;
  5.  Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.”