Progressive Christianity Series

This series is born of the conviction that the gospel is still Good News, but more and more it sounds like bad news!

Niles Discovery Church is joining with likeminded congregations throughout the world to reDiscover the life-giving message that still transforms when properly told.

“Christopher Columbus Meets the Brave New World”
Introduction to Progressive Christianity: How the world and Christianity are changing—this isn’t your parent’s world or church.
“Why Jesus Is My Savior”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus. It’s the difference between worshiping Jesus or worshiping the God Jesus worshiped.
“We Are Not Alone”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.
“Claiming God’s Vision as Our Own”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus' name to be a realization of the vision of God's feast for all peoples.
“Practicing Radical Hospitality”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable. That, in fact, we can learn from our differences.
“The Fullest Expression of What We Believe”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.
“Living the Questions: Answers Just Get in the Way”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who find more grace in the search for meaning than in absolute certainty, in the questions than in the answers.
“By Their Fruit Ye Shall Know Them”
By calling ourselves progressive, we mean that we are Christians who form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God's creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers.

 

 If you left the church because it made you feel you didn’t belong,
   or if it seemed more interested in itself than others,
      and you wish you could find a church that actually loves and doesn’t condemn,
         then you might want to give us a try