Welcome to freedom of faith and action. Welcome to Progressive Christianity Aotearoa.
Who we are and what we mean“Progressive Christian” can encompass a wide range of views, but characteristics often include:
- valuing questioning rather over certainty
- inviting people to participate without insisting they become like us
- discovering the heart of Jesus’ teaching and practice of love through social justice and ethical living
“Progressive isn’t a place. It is a state of mind and the next step from wherever you find yourself entrenched. Whether in the church, in your workplace, or in your relationships, a progressive perspective is characterized by openness, passion, creativity and willingness to explore beyond wherever you are at the moment.”— from the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity
“The real reason why progressive Christianity exists is not to prune away archaisms and false accretions. It exists to be an authentic gospel voice, to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life and teaching: a vision of humanity united to the sacred and to one another in love and justice.”—Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
“Being a progressive Christian, for me, means living with faith not belief. And by faith, I mean ‘living as if…’. Not ‘having faith’ but living faithfully: faith as a verb, faith as action, faith as following the Jesus Way without being sure where it will take us.” – Bronwyn Angela White
Progressive Christianity Aotearoa is a space for people exploring just living, spirituality and faith with 21st century sensibilities, especially in a South Pacific context.
People from a number of progressive faith communities are contributing to this site, and others are welcome to join in. We’ll be exploring ideas through story, discussion and debate. We’ll share our resources to inspire and encourage each other.
This site was initiated and is supported by several Progressive Christian Churches in New Zealand. It is currently in the care of St Andrews on the Terrace—”Love, Justice, Spirit in the heart of Wellington”.
Others involved in the website’s inception and evolution include:
The Community of St Luke, Remuera “The Community of Saint Luke seeks to be a nurturing community where each is committed to the spiritual and personal well-being of all and where all who come are accepted and respected” and St Matthews-in-the-City, Auckland “A progressive Anglican church in the heart of Auckland”.
“It’s about looking at familiar things in a new way, valuing our traditions and creating new ones”—Bronwyn Angela White