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The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity

(from “ProgressiveChristianity.org, 2003 version)

By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who…

  1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus;
  2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us;
  3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples;
  4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):
    • believers and agnostics,
    • conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
    • women and men,
    • those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
    • those of all races and cultures,
    • those of all classes and abilities,
    • those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope,
    • without imposing on them the necessity of becoming like us;
  5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe;
  6. Find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty, in the questions than in the answers;
  7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;
  8. Who recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.

MISSION STATEMENT
To welcome all into a loving, progressive faith community,
knowing our actions reflect our Christian values:
to question and explore beliefs and assumptions,
to strive for peace and justice,
to actively care for the earth, our community, and one another.


VISION STATEMENT
To provide the Palouse a uniquely progressive Christian church,
seeking both inner transformation through vital worship and reflection,
and outer transformation through mission groups and social action.