June 27, 2005

Christian Alliance for Progress Launches

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 11:05 pm

I don’t know how I missed it, but the newly formed Christian Alliance for Progress, the “Moveon.org for moderate and liberal Christians”, had their national launch last week. This very cool organization was founded earlier this year by a Jacksonville, FL, businessman and Christian, Pat Mrotek, and its leadership includes PCUSA pastor and fellow blogger, Tim Simpson. (Tim, aka Public Theologian, is now also blogging for the Christian Alliance for Progress, along with several of my favorite progressive Christian bloggers, FP, Carlos and Father Jake.)

Take a look here for a quick video of what the Christian Alliance for Progress is all about.

Last week, they held two press conferences, one in Washington D.C. and another in Jacksonville. Their story was picked up by some of the national media, including the American Prospect.

Deep in the heart of the reddest county in a red state, a new grass-roots movement is taking shape that means to break the religious right’s hold on the rhetoric of Christianity by developing a network of activists on the “Christian left” that can be mobilized to support progressive causes.

The Reverend Timothy F. Simpson, a Presbyterian minister and the group’s director of religious affairs, said in an interview Wednesday that the Christian left has for too long allowed the Christian right to be the public face of his religion in America. “The language of our faith has been placed in the service of policy ends that don’t reflect the Gospel, and we have become deeply troubled over that,” he said.

The Christian right, he says, in the persons of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and James Dobson, has come to stand for bigotry, intolerance, and division. Simpson says that his organization will try to repair the damage done by the right’s insistence that the United States is a “Christian nation” that ought to be governed according to their narrow interpretation of Scripture.

FP has all the details on the launch here at Faithful Progressive. To get involved, take a look at the Christian Alliance for Progress website, where you will be able to join the movement, sign the Jacksonville Declaration, and share your story. Oh, and you can give them money, too.

7 Comments

  1. While I cannot stand most liberal church services and am almost
    offended by those god-awful vestments, I am a liberal thinker,
    politically progressive, and love the members of those churches
    I find incredibly insipid. I’ve known for a very long time that
    Christianity is all about compassion and that the right-wing
    extremists are an aberration, and it’s about time the media pick
    up on that. And btw, liberal ministers, be yourselves, take off
    those damn robes, and put a little more passion into your sermons
    and I might actually show up one of these Sunday mornings.

    Comment by wildwest — June 28, 2005 @ 2:49 pm

  2. Wildwest – Your comments about vestments gave me a chuckle! It’s funny, I enjoy all the “high church” trappings of my mainline protestant church, and wouldn’t want anything else. I have found that liberal pastors can wear vestments and still be very passionate! Maybe you have to look around a little more.

    But there are also moderate to liberal churches out there that are not “high church”. Again, it probably takes some church-shopping to find them.

    The important thing to realize is that God is indifferent to what the pastors wear, but not to what they say!

    Comment by Bob — June 29, 2005 @ 10:56 am

  3. Hi Bob,

    God may be indifferent, but I’m not. I’m glad you like what you
    have. Take care, keep the passion, and enjoy!

    Comment by wildwest — June 29, 2005 @ 11:58 am

  4. I found them sometime ago and liked a lot of what they say, but find some of their theology a bit faulty. I tend to keep up with Sojourners and what is going on with them instead.

    Comment by Angel — June 29, 2005 @ 12:36 pm

  5. Angel – I’m curious…what did you find faulty in their theology? And btw, Sojourners is great too.

    Comment by Bob — June 29, 2005 @ 8:08 pm

  6. If this alliance is anything like Air America, we can look
    forward to brief but hilarious exposure.

    Comment by peter wilson — July 10, 2005 @ 11:54 pm

  7. Someone please tell me where I can find a liberal progressive Methodist church here in Jacksonville?

    Comment by Carol M — February 16, 2006 @ 11:40 am

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