Quotes from progressive voices

True compassion comes from standing for and with others, and acting on the behalf of others. Knowing deeply that to serve others, serves us all.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

Prayer is about what is happening in the pray-er, at its best it is about transformation… We pray, we yearn with the sacred for wholeness, well-being, justice and peace. And just the process of praying will change us and through us our world.

Faith requires us to be free of all excess baggage. Hope requires us to be open to an ever-evolving future. Love requires us to be inclusive of all people and of all cultural traditions.

The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions — grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from illusion — testify that it is possible to transcend the conditioning of my past and do a new thing.

“For Christians . . . an unreflective faith is not possible if we take seriously the injunction to love God with the mind as well as the heart and soul.”

I like the idea of theology that is always getting bigger; always opening the Circle of God’s Love so that it is wider and so that it makes a place for everything that’s life-giving…

We celebrate your belief. We celebrate your right to be who you are.

Christianity becomes not something to be believed but a faith which we must live, a vision that stands before us, inviting us to enter

God calls some people to unbelief in order that faith can take new forms

“It’s about looking at familiar things in a new way, valuing our traditions and creating new ones”—Bronwyn Angela White

“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

Compassion grows with the inner recognition that your neighbour shares your humanity with you. This partnership cuts through all walls which might have kept you separate. Across all barriers of land and language, wealth and poverty, knowledge and ignorance, we are one, created from the same dust, subject to the same laws, destined for the same end. – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Patience, capacity, or tolerance is the helpful attitude toward accepting and working with the difficulties of existence. Basically, patience is simple; it means waiting. No matter how good our conduct or practice, expecting or grabbing at some reward or result is a hindrance. When we do our best without any particular expectation, we can actually be ready for whatever happens. Patience is flexible, open, and ready to respond to the world before us. – Taigen Daniel Leighton in Faces of Compassion

True compassion comes from standing for and with others, and acting on the behalf of others. Knowing deeply that to serve others, serves us all.

Much theology is metaphor, and much of religion is storytelling.

Progressives “deliberately, sometimes desperately worked to adapt Christian thought and to harmonize it with the intellectual culture of our time…adaption was the only way we could save our faith and its achievement was a matter of life and death.” – Henry Emerson Fosdick

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