Who we are and what we mean“Progressive” can encompass a wide range of views, but characteristics often associated with it include:
- valuing questioning rather than dogmatic certainty;
- inviting all people to participate in our community without insisting they become like us; and
- 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 is supported by a number of Progressive Christian Churches (although it’s not limited to those who are Christian or who have come from that tradition), including:
St Andrews on the Terrace—Love, Justice, Spirit in the heart of Wellington
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
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
Contact us to add your link or location.
This statement by the global Progressive Christianity network is broadly accepted as a basis for understanding Progressive Christianity in Aotearoa New Zealand:
By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean that we are Christians who…
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;
Affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey;
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;
Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes;
Strive for peace and justice among all people;
Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and
- Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.