Progressive Organizations

Progressive Christianity is a movement that is growing internationally. Faith And Reason counts these groups among our number:

Auburn Seminary and Auburn Media, New York, NY

In a fragmented, complex, and violent time, we envision religion as a catalyst and resource for a new world—one in which difference is celebrated, abundance is shared, and people are.  We equip bold and resilient leaders who can bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the world. Rooted in Christian tradition with multifaith commitments, we seek the best strategies to respond to today’s biggest challenges.
The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson, President

Benetvision, Erie, PA

Benetvision is a project of Sr. Joan Chittister providing resources that will give depth and meaning in the midst of change and confusion. So we want to serve you but we also want to hear from you. We want to know what you’re looking for as you move from one stage to another in your life.  Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB

Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, Toronto, Canada

The Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity is a place where people who have experienced the isolation resulting from their spiritual growth or faith development can connect with others who have had similar experiences yet continue on the quest for meaning.  Murray Gregory, Chair / Gretta Vosper, Founder and Past Chair

Connections, Temple, TX

Connections is a 4-page monthly letter written and published by Barbara Wendland., a lay United Methodist.  Connections urges church members to take initiative and action to help make their personal lives, the institutional church, and the world more like what Jesus described.  Please read more about Connections by clicking “Connections.”
Barbara Wendland, Founder

Darkwood Brew, Omaha, NE

Darkwood Brew is a groundbreaking interactive web television program and spiritual gathering that explores progressive/emerging Christian faith and values.  Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, Leader and Host

Faith in Public Life, Washington, DC

Faith in Public Life (FPL) is a strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good.
In order to maximize the faith community’s unique ability to shape public debates, FPL identifies and creates moments of opportunity, builds and supports broad coalitions, and designs and implements innovative campaigns, bold initiatives and capacity-building tools. FPL’s approach emphasizes results, rapid response, cutting-edge skills and media savvy.  Jennifer Butler, CEO

Institute for Welcoming Resources

Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they’re okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, through a formal merger.

IWR’s vision is that of its sponsors, the welcoming church programs. The task assigned to IWR is to provide or assist in the production of resources to make possible this paradigm shift in Christianity. The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Director

Institute for Welcoming Resources, Minneapolis, MN

Denominational representatives of the Welcoming Church Movement created IWR in November 2002. The purpose of this ecumenical group is to provide the resources to facilitate a paradigm shift in multiple denominations whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. IWR wants to help build church homes that are truly welcoming and nurturing, where everyone knows “they’re okay, just like they are.” In early 2006, IWR became a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, through a formal merger.  IWR’s vision is that of its sponsors, the welcoming church programs. The task assigned to IWR is to provide or assist in the production of resources to make possible this paradigm shift in Christianity.  The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, IWR & Faith Work Program Director

Jobs with Justice, Dallas, TX

Jobs with Justice is a national network of local coalitions that bring together labor unions, faith groups, community organizations, and student activists to fight for working people. Our members are in the streets in 46 cities in 24 states across the country.

Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY

Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village defines itself as “a church in the Christian tradition” and “a sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression.” While affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and United Church of Christ, the congregation draws its 200 members from a variety of religious traditions.  Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister

Mayflower Congregational Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, the people of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church of Oklahoma City invite you to experience Christianity as a way of life, not a set of creeds and doctrines demanding total agreement.
The Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Senior Minister

Patheos

Founded in 2008, Patheos.com is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs. Patheos is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion. Patheos brings together faith communities, academics, and the broader public into a single environment, and is the place where many people turn on a regular basis for insight, inspiration, and stimulating discussion. Patheos is unlike any other religious and spiritual site on the Web today.

Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith - Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN

The Plymouth Center’s mission is to articulate, share and act upon foundational and emerging values of progressive Christian faith that respect and care for all people and the Earth.  The Rev. Jim Gertmenian, Senior Minister

Progressive Christianity.org, Tacoma, WA

The mission of Progressive Christianity.org is to be a defining voice for progressive Christianity and to support churches, small groups, and individuals in their evolving faith.
Fred Plumer, President

Progressive Christians Uniting, Los Angeles, CA

Progressive Christians Uniting (PCU) engages people and communities to embody Jesus’ way of compassion and justice for our world. PCU works with congregations to develop the capacity to respond to public justice issues on a solid faith-rooted foundation. The resources it makes available range from issue-focused study guides, trainings, workshops, and presentations on how progressive Christians can take action to support communities on the frontlines of oppression. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Murphy, Executive Director

Protestants for the Common Good, Chicago, IL

Founded in 1996, PCG brings an informed and progressive Protestant voice to public life. In keeping with its mission, PCG offers educational programs and advocacy opportunities to people of faith on matters of public policy and community life.  We bring a biblical and theological perspective to critical public issues.  Our approach to public life emerges from an understanding of God’s inclusive love and the recognition of justice as mutuality and interdependence. We respond to God’s love by working for the common good and by creating a community of mutuality in which each person is given maximum opportunity to flourish and contribute to the whole. The Rev. Al Sharp, Acting Executive Director

Soul Repair Center / Moral Injury Recovery, Brite Divinity School, Ft. Worth, TX

The Soul Repair Center is dedicated to research and public education about recovery from moral injury.  Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Co-Director

The Beatitudes Society, Santa Barbara, CA

The Beatitudes Society is a national Progressive Christian leadership development organization that equips emerging entrepreneurial faith leaders.
We are Progressive Christians, committed to creating new models for vibrant church life and the pursuit of social justice.  We are committed to the welcoming and inclusive love of God expressed in the words and actions of Jesus; we are Christian at our roots and multi-faith in our reach.  The Beatitudes Society identifies and equips emerging leaders to grow Progressive Christian faith communities for the sake of justice and the common good.  The Rev. Anne Sutherland Howard, Executive Director

The Middle Project, Inc.

Under the leadership of Jacqueline Lewis, Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. Lewis, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Religion and Society/Psychology and Religion at Drew University, The Middle Project, Inc. prepares ethical leaders for a more just society. It is an institute that brings together youth, young adults and adults from many fields and faith traditions.

The Middle Project unites progressive leaders who are ready for a revolutionary and prophetic way of using power and resources to act locally and think globally to heal the human family. The Middle Project takes its strength and approach from the progressive faith traditions that have played a major role in America’s greatest democratic achievements: the abolition of slavery, civil rights, universal suffrage, and the anti-war movement.

The Red Shoes, Baton Rouge, LA

The Red Shoes is a women’s center for personal and spiritual growth. Our commitment is to value and support all women on their life’s journey. We celebrate, empower, and nurture women. We offer space for women to explore and develop their inner life. We connect creativity, spirituality, and authenticity. We provide a place of healing and reconciliation. We focus on what we hold in common rather than what divides us.  Wendy Herschman, Executive Director