August 8, 2019

“Friends, there is a message of hope for us today! Even though it’s middle of winter, it’s an Easter message! It’s the message that nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God!” … words I said at a recent funeral service I led… But sometimes, sometimes I wonder. I wonder if sometimes things really do in fact separate us from this love. I gotta be honest, sometimes I have my doubts about faith in things that sound too… Read more

March 24, 2019

The Church is dying. Specifically, Christianity in Western countries is rapidly diminishing. 7-8,000 churches close their doors every year in the U.S. – about 150-200 every week. In 1966, there were 600 Catholic seminaries in America. 189 remain. 1000 Southern Baptist congregations close every year with half of them predicted to close by 2030. More and more churches are seeing fewer people participating in worship services and the ones who do are attending less frequently. Sure, there are a few… Read more

March 11, 2019

Why go on a retreat? Why take the time and why devote the money? When your life is so full and so busy why step away when relaxation could be obtained by flying to a sunny beach, or exhilaration might be accomplished by booking a weekend of skiing? Why step into an environment wholly devoted to your inner life? Because the very choice itself is a response to God’s call in deepening your relationship. The inspired book of Hosea prophesies,… Read more

January 7, 2019

Guest Writer: Rev. Kimberly Braun. Mysticism sure has become a buzzword these days, whether it is a desire to recognize yourself as a mystic, discover how to surrender into mystical experience, learn from people we consider mystics or even stand skeptically apart from the notion, the word-mysticism- evokes response. When I see this kind of relationship to a notion it gets me curious “Why?’ Why now? Why are human beings using the word more, and spiritual teachers labeling what they… Read more

December 23, 2018

Christmas is upon us. What is Christmas? How are progressive Christians to understand it? Can we even celebrate it at all? Most progressive Christians embrace the scholarship that points to how the stories of Jesus’ birth were tacked onto the faith well after the original gospel of Mark was written down – without any mention of his birth. Most progressive Christians consider those birth stories to be myths – myths that drew from certain portions of the Hebraic tradition, as… Read more

December 20, 2018

I recently participated in a two hour experiential gathering that was advertised in the town I live in aimed at helping people deal with some important parts of life. The title of the event, “Expressing Grief, Honoring Truth, Reigniting the Heart,” and the description of it – “Join us for this gathering that is open to the whole community and continues our exploration of a transformational response to the harm revealed by the MeToo movement” – were both specific and… Read more

November 8, 2018

I am the wind rushing by seeing all the world’s great pain. I am the land people make love upon that’s nurtured, war-torn, and raped. I am the Sun dishonored whose radiant energy is tragically squandered. I am the water getting warmer and ready to cover the earth. I am the volatile atmosphere seeking your awakening with my increasing storms. I am someone daring to raise a child of hope in this aching, broken world. I am a man of… Read more

October 30, 2018

The following article is one of my favorites that I’ve ever come across. I found it 14 years ago in The Wittenberg Door Magazine. It was written by a former Republican lawmaker who was repenting of his sins of sodomy. (That website is no longer administered). – Roger Wolsey —————————————————- “What’s Mine is Yours” Confessions of a former Sodomite Angelic beings are rarely politically correct. The angels visiting Lot didn’t wait around to file a sexual harassment lawsuit when the… Read more

October 21, 2018

We like to think that we’re progressing. We like to think that we’re evolving. We like to think that society is on the verge of a Great Leap Forward, a dawning of an age of Aquarius, bounding from blue to orange, green, yellow, turquoise, & coral with “Indigo children” rising.   We’d like to think so   but it either ain’t so   or if we are,   progress and evolution are less like a fast tracked rocket-ship exponentially attaining… Read more

October 21, 2018

We humans frequently feel a sense of being less than – less than whole, less than healed, less than okay, less than worthy, less than spiritual, less than “connected,” less than Divine. This felt sense of less than, this sense of a gap between an ideal state and present reality, is what humans need to have tended to. We need to have it addressed. We yearn to know that we aren’t defined by our worst days, our worst actions, or… Read more

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