8. THE EIGHT POINTS OF PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY: Whether or not you see yourself as a Christian, I invite you to contemplate The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity. Here is the 2011 updated version found at ProgressiveChristianity.org.
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;
4. Know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe;
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.
These work for me and for millions. I think I have identified closely with all of these points ever since I can remember. In the past, we didn't have to use the "Progressive" label at the various churches I have joined or led (Presbyterian, Methodist and United Church of Christ). Now we do because we have to distinguish ourselves from a growing and dangerous type of Christianity which many of us regard as antithetical to the teachings of Christ. LET'S GO!