Personal growth and change

Nov 2014 Connections. Much as I hate to realize it, I’ve gotten old. So have a lot of the people closest to me. I’ll be 81 next month, my husband turned 85 a few months ago, and many of… Continue reading

Oct 2014 Connections. Given our Constitution’s requirement that church and state remain separate, religion should appear in public schools only in a balanced historical context that informs students about the world’s religions. But too often, Christian evangelism is allowed… Continue reading

Mar 2011 Connections. What makes a protest produce real change? How can church members nudge pastors forward? Can they do it effectively within the church system? From outside? Read/download 3-2011 Connections >

Feb 2011 Connections. Literalist Bible interpretations and person-like portrayals of God keep many older Christians, as well as younger ones, from finding Christianity credible. Read/download 2-2011 Connections >

April 2010 Connections. Theologian Joerg Rieger’s life story shows the value of getting up-to-date information about the Bible and being challenged by one’s church early in life. Read/download 4-2010 Connections >

Feb 2010 Connections. Progressive Christians who feel alone must search to find kindred spirits. An official prayer service violates our nation’s guarantee of religious freedom. Download/read 2-2010 Connections >

Nov 2009 Connections. Barbara’s current religious beliefs – her “credo.” I believe that maturing involves continually revising one’s beliefs to take new information and insight into account. I didn’t dare to start doing that with my religious beliefs… Continue reading

Oct 2009 Connections. Willingness to change usually requires feeling the status quo as painful. New information can be motivation for change, but so can new practice. Has your time to blossom come? “The time came when the risk it… Continue reading

Sept 2009 Connections. Progressive friends have created the Progressive Christian Center of the South. Recently, I’ve been working on a new connection. A Gorup of friends and I share a vision of a new way to help people help… Continue reading

Feb 2009 Connections. Banned and forbidden books often turn out to be the books that we most need to read, that are likely to influence our spiritual journeys in helpful ways. On a recent evening I was in an… Continue reading