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19 October 2017: The Way Home for the Prodigal Species

      The Rev. Michael Dowd   “Human society is inextricably part of a global biotic community, and in that community human dominance has had and is having self-destructive consequences.” ~ William R. Catton, Jr. “The most difficult transition to make is from an anthropocentric to a bio-centric norm of progress. If there is …

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Q & A:

What titles do I use for God when I pray? Does prayer do any good?

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12 October 2017: REFORMERS, ALL

        By Rev. Gretta Vosper   We’ve been anticipating the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for some time. Now that the month is upon us, it seems more like a private birthday party than something worthy of global attention. In truth, I suppose it is. With the global …

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Q & A:

What are your views about so many Christians being in favor of gun ownership? Doesn’t that completely contradict the Jesus of peace we read about in the Bible?

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5 October 2017: What Can A Donkey Teach Us About Jesus?

      By Eric Alexander   This series begins an exploration into the real Jesus. By which I mean, that character historically known as Yeshua of Nazareth. Which is in contrast of course to the other character more popularly known as Jesus Christ. I make a distinction there because I think Yeshua of Nazareth …

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Q & A:

Do you have any reliable estimates of the number of Christians worldwide who do not subscribe to the viewpoint that "salvation comes only through Jesus Christ”?

I just wrote a letter to the editor (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) challenging such a statement, but then wondered how many of the >2 million Christians in the world (2011 Pew Research estimate) share a less conservative belief.

Thank you for your attention, and thank you for your witness in the world!

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28 September 2017: Have Our Mainline Churches Failed Us?

      By Fred C. Plumer   I have been wondering lately, if we are really missing the conscience of our mainline churches in our country. Most of us are aware of the political, social and personal conflicts that are going on in our country right now. And most of us are aware of …

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Q & A:

With the #TakeAKnee movement growing, what do you think the Church's role in racism in the US is?

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21 September 2017: Dogma and the Perpetuating of a Dead God

      By Rev. Mark Sandlin   In 1966 the cover of TIME magazine asked the jarring question, “Is God Dead?” It was the first time TIME used only text on it’s cover and the impact only added to the striking question. “Is God Dead?” Three simple words that for a brief time created …

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Q & A:

“I recently received one of those emails with the sensational subject line: “ALL OF A SUDDEN MESSAGE FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN.” It started out with the question, "Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA?” Then it lists nearly 20 “All of a Suddens” where Muslims are allegedly doing X, Y, or Z to undermine the American way of life. Each “fact” is presented with no attribution or source reference. Some of them are obviously made-up, but others seem like they could be possible. I’m including a couple of them to see if you have any suggestions for a response.”

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14 September 2017: A New Template for Religion: A Conversation with Michael Morwood, Part 2

        By Rev.David Felten   What follows in interview form is the second of three columns inspired by a presentation Michael Morwood offered at the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2016. In this installment, Morwood offers a new perspective on revelation, a re-visioning of who Jesus was, and continues with …

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Q & A:

Are there parts of the Old Testament that are said to be relevant today and why?

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7 September 2017: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

          By Rev. Roger Wolsey   Progressive Christianity intentionally seeks to evolve and adapt with the times so that the faith can continue to be sensible, relevant, and meaningful in the lives of people. As part of this, we tend to believe that Christianity isn’t the “best,” “only,” “right,” and/or “true,” …

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If you were the moderator of the United Church of Canada with no restrictions... what would the church look like? What do you see as the perfect/ideal United Church of Canada?

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31 August 2017: If it weren’t for you …

        By Rev. Gretta Vosper     Much of the work I have been privileged to do over the past thirteen years has been the result of a conversation I had one day with the late Reverend Jim Adams, founder of The Center for Progressive Christianity (now called ProgressiveChristianity.org). If it weren’t …

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Q & A:

I am interested in spirituality but not in religion but isn’t spirituality the same as religion?

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24 August 2017: Some Thoughts on Priesthood in Our Post-modern Times

      By Rev. Matthew Fox This week my brother and sister-in-law are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I was reminded that I was ordained a priest the year they were married and that indeed I performed their wedding (my very first). So maybe it is time to offer a few reflections on the …

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Q & A:

Buddhists tend to think of God as a manifestation of creation; Christians think of God as separate from creation. Do you understand that distinction?

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17 August 2017: A New Poem, an Invitation, & Thoughts on Religion and the Arts

        By Cassandra Farrin The Poem: Autopsy of a Stillbirth In their hearts the living book of the living was revealed. … This book was impossible to take because it was placed there for the one to take it to be killed. —Gospel of Truth 6:1, 3 Her body, lost for thirty-seven …

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Q & A:

A friend recently suggested that Christianity arguably emphasizes forgiveness more than other major religions, the reason being that Jesus, viewed as illegitimate by his community, was mocked and taunted as a young man. Perhaps Mary was as well.

Being on the wrong end of discrimination, he was led to cultivate an attitude of forgiveness towards those who attacked him. Any thoughts on this idea?

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