Why I Identify as a Progressive Christian

If you have followed these pages for any length of time you might have noticed that my social and theological thoughts have evolved over a period of time. I have made some shifts in my way of thinking about issues and I believe that comes from life experience.

I was recently called a “liberal” to which I responded by saying “thank you.” Yes it was partly sarcastic but it was also partly true. I am liberal, and I am conservative, but I am mostly progressive. I was once called a “secular humanist” as well.  I had to look that one up.

So why do I identify as a Progressive Christian? Here are 8 reasons.

1. I 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. I affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.

3. I 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

4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.

5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.

6. Strive for peace and justice among all people.

7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and

8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.

These 8 reasons come from Progressive Christianity

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