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The Center for Progressive Christianity
St. Martha's Table is affiliated with The Center for Progressive Christianity (TCPC). TCPC provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, individuals and others with connections to Christianity.
They promote an understanding of Christian practice and teaching that leads to a greater concern for the way people treat each other than for the way people express their beliefs, the acceptance of all people, and a respect for other religious traditions.
They affirm the variety and depth of human experience and the richness of each persons' search for meaning, and we encourage the use of sound scholarship, critical inquiry, and all intellectual powers to understand the presence of God in human life.
They are opposed to any exclusive dogma that limits the search for truth and free inquiry, and we encourage work that eases the pain, suffering and degradation inherent in many of the structures of society, as well as work that keeps central to the Christian life fair, open, peaceful, and loving treatment of all human beings.
To view the 8 points of TCPC's progressive Christianity http://progressivechristianity.org/the-8-points/.
Patheos - Progressive Christianity Online
Patheos is the largest online religious portal in the world. There are links for every major religious expression in the world. The Progressive Christian page features blogs and columns by dozens of progressive Christian bloggers, authors, and theologians.
Jesus Seminar/Westar Institute
Westar Institute is a member-supported, non-profit research and educational institute founded in 1986 and dedicated to the advancement of religious literacy. Westar's twofold mission is to foster collaborative research in religious studies and to communicate the results of the scholarship of religion to a broad, non-specialist public.
Until a few years ago, essential knowledge about biblical and religious traditions was hidden in the windowless studies of universities and seminaries—away from the general public. Such research was considered too controversial or too complicated for lay persons to understand. Many scholars, fearing open conflict or even reprisal, talked only to one another. The churches often decided what information their constituents were "ready" to hear.
Through publications, educational programs, and research projects like the Jesus Seminar, Westar has opened up a new kind of conversation about religion. This is an honest, no-hold-barred exchange involving thousands of scholars, clergy and other individuals who have critical questions about the past, present and future of religion.
Network of Spiritual Progressives
The Network of Spiritual Progressives was founded based on three basic tenets: 1) Changing the Bottom Line in America; 2) Challenging the Misuse of Religion, God and Spirit by the Religious Right; 3) Challenging the Many Anti-Religious and Anti-Spiritual Assumptions and Behaviors That Have Increasingly Become Part of the Liberal Culture.
Gaychurch.org is a web site dedicated to ministering to the gay and lesbian Christian community (GLBT) and to the friends of our community. The site features one of the largest gay Christian bulletin boards and gay "welcoming" Christian church directories in the world. A large section of the site is dedicated to articles pertinent to reconciling ones faith with their sexual orientation ("Gay and Christian?").!
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
Patheos -- Conversations on Faith
The God Article -- A blog by Rev Mark Sandlin, a Presbyterian minister and co-founder of The Christian Left.
The Holy Kiss -- a blog by Roger Wolsey
The Gnosis Archive -- Information on Gnosticism and Gnostic Scriptures and other writings.
Anglican Radio -- a place to listen to the beauty of sacred Anglican choral music, as well as Morning and Evening Prayer.
Anglicans Online -- information and news about the Anglican Church throughout the world.
H. Adam Ackley, PhD. -- LGBT blogger at Huffington Post. Adam teaches in the Gender & Sexuality Studies Department of the University of California (Irvine) and is a speaker and consultant on LGBTQ issues and spirituality based in the greater Los Angeles area. A practitioner of various forms of yoga and meditation for forty years, he also teaches bhakti and hatha yoga (certified through Yoga Alliance) and serves as an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (Pacific Southwest District).
The Trevor Project -- Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. 1-866-488-7386
The Center for Process Studies
The Progressive Christian Alliance
Claiming the Blessing (Episcopal Church)
Covenant Network of Presbyterians
Every Voice Network - Anglican Voices United for Justice
From Jesus to Christ
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice
No More Deaths
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Progressive Christians Uniting
Westar Institute and The Jesus Seminar
The Progressive Christianity Network for Great Britain & Ireland
Institute for Welcoming Resources
Christian Writers/Bloggers to Follow (In no particular order)
You can find most of them on Facebook and Twitter. Some have websites.
Rachel Held Evans
William Barber II
Diana Butler Bass
Irene Moore www.irenemonroe.com/
Martin Luther King, Jr.