Reclaim! Basic Progressive Christianity & Beyond

Loper Chapel

NOTE  Links to videos below!

Download a list of resources on progressive Christianity compiled by the leaders of this series.


In 2016, the First Church Ministry of Adult Education presented a 16-week Learning Hour series exploring Christian history, theology and practice from a progressive perspective designed for seekers, newcomers and long-time Christians who:

•  May have grown up learning Christian creeds, doctrines and dogmas that may no longer serve
•  Have questions about what it might mean to take the Bible seriously rather than literally
•  Want to increase their capacity to understand and articulate Christian faith and practice in a way that aligns with their social and political values
•  Long to reclaim Christianity as a living, prophetic and life-affirming spiritual path

The series was taught by Geoffrey Gaskins (former Browne Barr Intern and current leader of First Church’s Progressive Bible Study group), Kit Novotny (Young Adult Minister), Rachel Bauman (Minister of Community Life) and Ben Bigney, an ordained UCC chaplain who is part of the First Church community.

This is the full list of the presentations. Videos of many of the sessions are available for viewing.

Feb 21 • Series Introduction • Geoffrey, Kit, Rachel
Feb 28 • “Who Do People Say I Am? The Early Jesus Movement” Geoffrey
Mar 6 • Creeds, Doctrines, and Dogmas: The Great Ecumenical Councils • Rachel
Mar 13 • The Protestant Reformation • Kit
April 10 • The “Liberal” Tradition: Mainline Christianity • Geoffrey
April 17 • The United Church of Christ • Kit (video of this presentation available)
April 24 • Progressive, Emergent, and Convergent Christianities • Rachel
May 8 • How We Got the Good Book • Geoffrey
May 15 • Lost in Translations • Geoffrey
May 22 • Bible Study How-Tos • Geoffrey
May 29 • Who (or What) is God? • Kit
June 5 • Who is Jesus? • Rachel
June 12 • Who (or What) is the Holy Spirit? • Geoffrey
June 19 • About Worship • Rachel
June 26 • Prayer and Meditation • Rachel & Ben Bigny
July 3 • Faith Practices • Kit

Download a list of resources on progressive Christianity compiled by the leaders of this series.

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