Progressive Christianity

Cherokee Park United Church has adopted the Eight Points of Progressive Christianity developed by the Center for Progressive Christianity.*  We understand these eight points to be descriptions of how we approach faith rather than a complete statement of faith.

In calling ourselves progressive, we here at Cherokee Park United Church mean that we are Christians who:

  1. Proclaim Jesus Christ as our Gate to the realm of God.
  2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm.
  3. Understand our sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of God’s feast for all peoples.
  4. Invite all sorts and conditions of people to join in our worship and in our common life as full partners, including (but not limited to): believers and agnostics, conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, homosexuals and heterosexuals, females and males, the despairing and the hopeful, those of all races and cultures and, those of all classes and abilities, without imposing on them the necessity of becoming like us.
  5.  Think that the way we treat one another and other people is more important than the way we express our beliefs.
  6. Find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty, in the questions than in the answers.
  7. See ourselves as a spiritual community in which we discover the resources for our work in the world.Striving for justice and peace among all people. Bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers.
  8. Recognize that our faith entails costly discipleship, renunciation of privilege, and conscientious resistance to evil – as has always been the tradition of the church.
    Click here to explore the 8 Points in greater detail with Study Guides and Discussion Forums at The Center for Progressive Christianity.

 

*The Center for Progressive Christianity is a nonprofit corporation that encourages the presentation of the Christian message to those who have found organized religion to be ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive. TCPC supports congregations that embrace the search for meaning – rather than a particular brand of certainty..

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