(The Rule of Benedict, A Spirituality for the 21st Century, Sr. Joan Chittister)
The ancient Christian faith can be a relative expression of the universal truth that all life is sacred and united.
• Christianity is one of many paths on the journey of experiencing the divine. All people are free to explore and discover the heritage of diverse spiritual traditions.
• A conciliatory Christian presence is inclusive of all and exclusive of none; and denounces discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, nationality, language, culture, religion, disability or other distinguishing features.
• Participating in the “Great Commission” (St. Mark 16:15) requires demonstration of the liberating message of the Gospel, not just its proclamation: We must practice what we preach.
• Progress on the journey of spiritual development requires that we welcome and encourage the questioning of traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Christian faith.
• The Gospel message of Jesus Christ compels all believers to strive for justice and peace among all people and to become dedicated advocates of the poor and oppressed.
• The Christian faith includes reverence and care for our planet and all created things.
• The Christian faith is a journey of spiritual development and requires a commitment to continuous learning, progress, grace and love.
A Christian “campaign to stamp out sin” will always bring about less light, love and wholeness in the world than a “campaign to live in love”.
Instead of focusing solely on not sinning, progressive Christians seek to emphasize following Jesus’ over-arching teachings that God is love, God loves us, and we are called to love ourselves and our neighbors in response.