“The central trouble in the religious thinking of many people lies here:
Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1915, The Meaning of Prayer, published by the YMCA
Contemporary guru? Alternative press?
No, a famed Baptist preacher and social activist published by the Young Men’s Christian Association a century ago!
Progressive Christianity is about “getting a worthier and larger idea of God.” Science is not a foe. Culture is not an enemy. Other religions are not adversaries. Progress is not a problem, but an opportunity. The body as well as the earth reveal the holy.
Many Christians are welcoming new ways of conceptualizing God, reality, and themselves, while remaining faithful to their tradition. What keeps a church or culture from being progressive and inclusive may simply be a lack of theological imagination!
Many Christians are discovering that it’s less important what they believe about Jesus than that they try to follow his spiritual path.
Words and concepts will never “capture” God any more than the wild goose of Celtic spirituality, a metaphor for the Holy Spirit. But words may give rise to “vital thoughts about God” during moments of reflection.
And if you pet Calvin the dog, he will share a few of his own philosophical treats!
“There lives more faith in honest doubt,
Chris Glaser had a unique opportunity to briefly summarize his life's past and present work at Berry College in northwest Georgia on Jan. 29, 2013. (18-minute video)
Podcasts now available of Chris Glaser's sermon on the parable of the prodigal at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Cleveland, OH, and his interview by The Very Reverend Tracey Lind on "Progressive Christianity" during the Dean's Forum, Mar. 9-10, 2013.
IN THE NEWS
In addition to his weekly blog, Progressive Christian Reflections, find posts by Chris on:
Aug.-Sept. 2016 – The British publisher Darton, Longman, and Todd invited Chris to write three posts for their blog on Henri Nouwen upon the 20th anniversary of his death.
Jun. 2016 – "Rock Stars and Prophets" released a short video of Chris Glaser's recollections of his early involvement in the LGBT Christian movement in the Presbyterian Church, taped during an April, 2015, gathering at Stony Point, NY.
Dec. 2015 – Chris was invited to join the volunteer Advisory Board of The Incarnation Institute.
Mar. 19, 2015 – By Kay Campbell, Hurrah for Death? Lenten meditations on a kid's book: 'Everyone You Love Will Die', referenced Chris Glaser's book, The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life.
The LGBT Religious Archives Network is currently running an online exhibit of the quarterly publication Open Hands, which Chris Glaser edited from Winter 1998 through its final issue in the Summer of 2002.
Chris has been listed as one of the "Most Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders" on The Huffington Post. Scroll down below the Pope Francis article, also of great interest!
Jan. 2014 – Historical perspective about Chris' early activism in the newly released book, Queer Clergy: A History of Gay and Lesbian Ministry in American Protestantism by R.W. Holmen.
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