What is Progressive Christianity?*

 

Progressive Christianity is the name given to a movement within contemporary Protestant Christianity.  There is no one definition but those who identify with this movement generally affirm the following:

 

- An affirmation of the Christian faith with a simultaneous sincere respect for other faiths
– A spiritual vitality and expressiveness, including participatory, arts-infused, and lively worship as well as a variety of spiritual rituals and practices such as meditation
– Intellectual integrity including willingness to question
– An affirmation of human diversity (including the affirmation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people),
– A strong emphasis on social justice with a focus on compassion, promoting justice and mercy, and working towards solving the societal problems of poverty, discrimination, and environmental degradation.*

 

 

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* From the Methodist Federation for Social Action website.