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Future of Faith in America: Progressive Christianity

Progressive Christianity—drawing together mainline Protestants, emergent Christians, and post-evangelicals—gathers its strength from a new vision of the world, one defined by justice and wholeness. The challenges, however, are many: cultural, theological, environmental, and institutional.

Yet there is reason for hope, and the energy of a common goal unites a wide diversity of Christian believers. These essays address both the unity of faith and that diversity, confronting head-on some of the obstacles and opportunities ahead.

This topic is part of our summer symposium on the Future of Faith in America. For more resources visit our Future of Faith main page.

Featured Panelists

Nomads, Indians, and Saints: A Generation in Search of Real Christianity

Jennifer Butler
Founding CEO of Faith in Public Life

A New Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century: Authentic and Transparent

Adam Cleaveland
Pastor, Author, Artist


Belief and Behavior Up, Belonging Down

Elesha Coffman
Assistant Professor of Church History, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

Our Christian Future: Faith Liberated from Religion

Ben Dixon
Author, Host of the Benjamin Dixon Show


Progressive Christianity and the BlackLivesMatter Movement

Andre Johnson
Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies, Memphis Theological Seminary

Progressives and Justice: A Shaking of the Foundations

Peter Laarman
UCC Minister, Activist


Progressive Christianity: Imagine a Future Like the Kingdom of God

Alyce McKenzie
Professor of Preaching and Worship, Perkins School of Theology

A Desirable Future for Progressive Faith: Three Conversions Required

Brian McLaren
Author, Speaker, Activist


Living "In God" Shapes the Future of Faith

Doug Pagitt
Pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, a Convener of Leaders with Convergence, Author

The Netflix-ization of the Church

J. Ryan Parker
Author, Founder of Pop Theology


Organic, Free-Range Church: Where the Church Goes From Here

Mark Sandlin
Author, Co-Founder of The Christian Left, Minister, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Wild Yeast and Open Fermentation: The Future of Progressive Christianity

Eric Smith
Visiting Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and New Testament Studies, Iliff School of Theology


Progressive Christianity: Opportunities Ahead

Cameron Trimble
Executive Direct, Center for Progressive Renewal

Is There a Future for Progressive Christianity?

James Wellman
Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Washington


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