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“The central trouble in the religious thinking of many people lies here:
the new knowledge of the universe has made their childish thoughts of God inadequate,
and instead of getting a worthier and larger idea of God to meet the new need,
they give up all vital thought about God whatsoever.
"

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.

Chris Glaser’s twelve books and weekly blog, “Progressive Christian Reflections,” encourage what he calls “the thoughtful pause,” helping readers think of spirituality in fresh ways.

Consider attending or creating events with Chris as a presenter.

And if you pet Calvin the dog, he will share a few of his own philosophical treats!

“There lives more faith in honest doubt,
Believe me, than in half the creeds.”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson


UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS LED OR CO-LED BY REV. GLASER

Sept. 14, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Rev. Chris Glaser will preach at Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church.

Sept. 18-21, 2014 – Decatur, GA
Facilitator and worship leader, Exodus: Freedom and Formation, Christine Yoder, Instructor, Columbia Theological Seminary.

Oct. 2-5, 2014 – Decatur, GA
Facilitator and worship leader, Spiritual Formation Immersion Experience. Multiple instructors,
Columbia Theological Seminary.

Oct. 7, 2014 – College of Southern Maryland
"Faith and Sexuality" Re: National Coming Out Day
2:30 p.m. Prince Frederick Campus
6:00 p.m. La Plata campus

Nov. 2, 2014 – Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church
11 a.m. Worship – Topic: Generosity
12:30 p.m. Workshop – "The Cloud of Unknowing" - A Text for the Spiritual but Not Religious (familiarity with the book not required).

Nov. 22, 2014 and subsequent weeks – Chris Glaser will lead a FREE virtual Advent retreat online entitled, “Nativity Stories.” All are welcome!

Sept. 22-25, 2016 – Decatur, GA
A course in Henri Nouwen led by Chris Glaser. Spiritual Formation Program, Columbia Theological Seminary. Please check back for the event link.

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)

Listen to Chris's sermon at the Cathedral of Hope UCC in Dallas, Texas, Sunday, November 10, 2013.

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.

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IN THE NEWS

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.

Oct. 15, 2014 –At Believe Out Loud, The Boys Who Never Grew Up by Chris Glaser.

Sept. 29, 2014 – Read Chris Glaser's My "Dark Night Of The Soul" at Believe Out Loud.

Sept. 4, 2014 – At ProgressiveChristianity.org, "I Had No Idea Your Blog Was Gay" by Chris Glaser.

Sept. 4, 2014 – I Had No Idea Your Blog Was Gay by Chris Glaser at Believe Out Loud.

Jul. 23, 2014 – Check Chris' column, Wishful Thinking, at Believe Out Loud.

Jul. 21, 2014 – Read Chris' latest Huffington Post column, Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

Jul. 3, 2014 – Hear what Chris had to say on BlogTalkRadio hosted by David Clarke | Spirituality Podcast.

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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In addition to his weekly blog, Progressive Christian Reflections, find posts by Chris on:
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Chris Glaser Collection archive Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, CA

Read The Word Is Out!
In Spanish (PDF)
In Estonian

Recent release
The Final Deadline by Chris Glaser
The Final Deadline:
What Death Has
Taught Me About Life

Available at the following outlets:
MOREHOUSE
AMAZON BOOKS
KINDLE EDITION

Previous release
As My Own Soul book
As My Own Soul:
The Blessing of
Same-Gender Marriage

Explore the history of marriage and its sacred meaning for today.

Available at the following outlets:
SEABURY PRESS
AMAZON BOOKS
KINDLE EDITION


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