Sunday, March 14, 2010

Progressive Lent: 3rd Principle of Progressive Christianity

Lenten Online Series
by Pastor Durrell Watkins
February 28, 2010

This Lent, Sunshine Cathedral is offering this free online study series, to invite us all into a deeper experience of the Progressive, Positive, and Practical spirituality that we teach.

The Sunshine Cathedral is affiliated with The Center for Progressive Christianity, whose mission is:
- To reach out to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive, as well as to those who have given up on or are unacquainted with it.
- To uphold evangelism as an agent of justice and peace.
- To give a strong voice both in the churches and the public arena to the advocates of progressive Christianity.
- To support those who embrace the search, not certainty.

Third Principle of Progressive Christianity

We Are Eucharist
We understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus' name to represent God's feast of unconditional love for all people.

At Sunshine Cathedral we practice an "open" Communion. We invite everyone to participate in Holy Communion regardless of who they are. One need not be a member of our church or any church to receive the sacrament. All are welcome, regardless of their beliefs or doubts, to participate in our symbolic feast of unconditional love. We share the one loaf and the common cup not because we all believe the same things, but because we are united in love. "God is Love and WHOEVER lives in love lives in God and God lives in them" (1 John 4.16).

Prayer Treatment: God is Love. Showing kindness is the way we recognize and honor the divine Presence in others. In the name of God, we celebrate an open Communion where all are welcome and all are loved. And so it is.

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