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.
Many Millennials are actively looking for a community in which to practice their values; they simply don't know where to find one.
It's important to me, as a person and as a pastor, to be honest and open with my congregation about my life and my struggles.
Progressive Christians are addressing disaffiliation — and a related, dangerous rise in loneliness among Americans — in a variety of ways.
Perhaps in the future we will actually consider how great God must be.
Is the Black Lives Matter movement a blessing for the church?
The climate crisis will, like a refiner's fire, separate those with good religion from others whose primary allegiance is to Mammon and/or Moloch, regardless of the faith they may confess with their lips.
I'm not as concerned about the future of religion in America as I am about the future of God in America.
In light of the history of belief-system Christianity we have good reason, if not a moral summons, to consider a conversion that places a Christ-like way of life in the center.
The life of God is framed not as a small, tangential story intended for a select few, but the Big Story meant to include all.
J. Ryan Parker
The church can adapt for the future by paying attention to what people are watching and how/where they're screening it.
The Christian faith should look much more like Jesus and the Spirit—standing over and against the status quo, and given to doing its own thing in the name of love.
The defining trait of progressive Christianity seems to be a dissatisfaction with the status quo, and a recognition that the life is draining out of the old cultivars with every passing generation.
There may come a day when our churches die, our denominations collapse, and our faith feels irrelevant. But this is not that day. I believe our best days are ahead.
Dr. James Wellman
I would ask two primary questions on this question: First, does anyone care? And, second, is the institution important?
These are interesting days for American Christianity. We appear to be in the midst of some major shifts in the American religious landscape. The recent Pew Research study showed that, between 2007-2014, Evangelical Christianity saw a slight decrease in its share of the religious population (from 26.3% to 25.4%); however, it was the only segment [Read More...]
A friend of mine who works in youth ministry has a theory: Millennials, contrary to popular belief, are pro-institution. They will be the ones to rebuild all of the organizations that the Gen Xers have systematically destroyed. It’s true; we Xers have been pretty down on structure and systems ever since we endured the first rounds [Read More...]
by Glenn Zuber The recent May 12th Pew poll (“America’s Changing Religious Landscape”) added a new wrinkle to the familiar debate over why established, traditional U.S. churches aren’t attracting younger generations like they used to in the 1950s. It turns out that Millennials more than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers don’t trust institutions of any kind and so they [Read More...]
Franklin Graham recently made a stir with his 2.1 million fans on Facebook when he posted about the murder of four US marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He wrote, Four innocent Marines (United States Marine Corps) killed and three others wounded in #Chattanooga yesterday including a policeman and another Marine–all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed [Read More...]
A few days ago I wrote a piece on my personal blog about “Graduating.” It was partly a reflection on the story of Rob Bell and how it resonates with my own. It was also about the “Dones” and “post-church” category and how I identify not with the category itself, but with certain elements of the category even [Read More...]