Progressive Christianity Forum
Meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 12:30 p.m. in the Serra Room
The following is an excerpt from an essay on Westminster’s Progressive Christianity Forum.
What is Progressive Christianity? Just how is it different from evangelical, fundamentalist Christianity? First of all, virtually all Christian churches are “evangelical.” Every congregation reaches out and calls to everyone to walk the path of Jesus and embrace his truth. It is the varied and distinct definitions and understandings of this truth that divide literalist/fundamentalism from Progressive Christianity. The core of these theological differences lies in vastly different interpretations of the Holy Bible.
It is difficult to be a “Progressive Christian.” Progressive theology is demanding, particularly when contrasted with the simplistic talking-point theology of strict evangelical literalism. Progressive theology requires study, conversation, and thoughtful, open-minded consideration of what we choose to believe about God and about who Jesus was, and what he said and did not say.
Progressive theology opens up the entire Christian belief-system to scrutiny and reconsideration, including the doctrines concerning miracles, incarnation, atonement, resurrection, Satan, Hell, eternal life, Heaven, and judgment day. All doctrine and creeds are open to thoughtful reconsideration in progressive theology.
After all, theology is just opinions about God. In that sense, we’re all theologians with a sacred right to our own opinions, but only a few of us write our opinions down and open them up to public scrutiny. Progressive theology is intended to open up conversation, not close it.
If you have doubts; if you have questions about spirituality, faith, and social-ethics; if you are dissatisfied with the conservative and orthodox teachings in your church and the conservative politics that seem to follow along with it; if you tend to believe that Jesus would be more concerned with your fidelity to the “Law of Love” and less concerned with what your belief-system, doctrines, and creedal affirmations might be, then you might find a welcoming, open faith community at Westminster (and more specifically the Progressive Christianity Forum).
Too many sincerely spiritual people have rejected Christianity because of what it has become. Many faithful Christians feel that their Christian faith has been hijacked by an anti-intellectual and hateful redefinition of the love-revolution of Jesus. An entire generation of young people may have been lost to the Christian faith because of the fundamentalist, evangelical take-over of the public face of Christianity. We, at Westminster, offer a rational, love-centered progressive alternative, a safe-harbor for reason, compassion, inclusion, and openness.