This past Sunday we had a “soft open” in the new building which means we were pretty bare bones with a plug-in speaker system, chairs and “Toilet Paper Guaranteed!” What made Sunday great was YOU! Thank you for signing up and showing up. It was great to be gathered as a Columbine United community with so many people we love. For those of you who were not there on this first week we look forward to seeing you soon as we continue to move in and live in this updated space.
Samantha and I preached this week on, “What does it mean to be a progressive Christian?” It’s part of our ongoing series where we talk about who we are, and what we value at CUC. One of the things we talked about is CUC is swimming in the stream of Progressive Christianity in contrast to Conservative Christianity. This is our flavor. It’s like a food truck advertising the best “chicken sandwich ever”- if you eat there, you expect to be served a great chicken sandwich. We’ve seen, even in this crazy COVID season, many people have found CUC through our website and want to be a part of a group of Christians who have progressive beliefs and live those out in thoughtful ways. Does this mean everyone at Columbine considers themselves progressive? No, not necessarily because we value diversity, there is a place for all. Which means yes, there is space for non- believers, conservative and traditional thinkers.
While we value all beliefs- we also realize we cannot be all things to all people, so we have chosen to swim in the progressive stream- this is our flavor. Many people said it would be helpful to have this weekend’s sermon ideas written out. So here they are as articulated from a website on Progressive Christianity.
Like we said this past week in the sermon, you may resonate with some of these ideas, you may connect with all of them. On the other hand, some of these ideas may seem foreign and not for you. For me, what is at the core of these 8 ideas is a humble posture of learning from Jesus and others as we seek to experience and honor the divine in and around us. As we live with this posture of humility and openness, we create a welcoming and generous space for others to experience God’s love.
(For more reading on this topic, Faith Forum and others have been studying The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr on Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:30am.)
8 POINTS OF PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY:
“By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean that we are Christians who….
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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; (UCC – a “Place of Welcome”, PCUSA- a “Big Tent”)
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe; (- love)
5. Find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.
6. Strive for peace and justice among all people.
7. Strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth; and
8. Commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love.”