Can progressive religion claim the center?

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During the long and interesting conversation around the relative merits of NALT Christians, the larger issues of "progressive Christianity" came up. Many Christians expressed that they are involved in NALT because they want to combat the notion that all Christians are anti-LGBT. Like the It Gets Better project, participants make videos expressing their faith in progressive and inclusive ways.In the midst of that conversation I read a very interesting piece on Religion Dispatches by my friend … [Read more...]

Interview at Old Piano with Sincere Kirabo

Today over at Old Piano blog, Sincere KIrabo published an interview he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I appreciated the questions he asked as they prompted me to think about a few issues I hadn't expressed in quite this way.-----------SINCERE KIRABO: Many things are expected of a pastor of a church. He or she is the leader of the flock, a phrase which evokes allusions to lowly creatures, a congregated collective steeped in groupthink, seemingly oblivious to an existence beyond the … [Read more...]

You are stardust and to stardust you will return: Lent for atheists

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Lent has been the most meaningful season of the year for me for the past 10 years and I don’t want to give it up. Ash Wednesday in particular. Twice on this day—morning and evening—I would place ashes on the foreheads of those who gathered, with the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”It was also the season of the year in which I would garner the harshest criticism from my co-religionists, earning me more than one visit to my supervisor’s office over the years. You see, Sevent … [Read more...]


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