Rev. Dawn Hutchings
Rev. Dawn Hutchings, B.A., M.Div. currently serves as pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, a progressive congregation which has been rethinking Christianity during her 23 years of ministry with them. In addition to being a frequent contributor to progressivechristianity.org, Dawn authors her own blog, pastordawn.com which sees over 80,000 visitors each year. She has lead retreats, and seminars for audiences in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.A. Dawn is passionate about empowering people to rethink christianity, so that equipped with better questions, they are empowered to explore new ways of embodying LOVE in the world.
progressive christianity: ReThinking Christianity NOW!
“Although science has undergone three major paradigm shifts since the Middle Ages, the church still relies on medieval theology to explain the mysteries of Christian faith.” (Ilia Delio)
Life in the 21st century is bursting with opportunities to explore the exponential growth in human understanding of the nature of reality. The wonders of the Cosmos, the intricacies of the human body, the miracles of life on Earth, and the complexities of consciousness can be explored digitally. Science, technology, and vast reservoirs of accessible wisdom render much of Christian theology useless when it comes to supporting life here and now. The disconnect between the church’s carefully constructed belief systems and the unprecedented information we have available at our fingertips, has given birth to questions which compel the faithful rethink our theology, NOW! Progressive Christianity is a response to the mismatch between the medieval consciousness of the church and the ever-expanding, evolutionary consciousness of those who seek to follow the teachings of Jesus here and NOW. This rethinking seeks ways to move beyond the three-tiered universe of our ancestors so that we might begin to embody Wisdom born of the ongoing revelations of DIVINITY through the evolutionary life of the Cosmos.
In this course we will briefly examine the history and development of the emerging christian movement which has loosely adopted the moniker of “progressive christianity.” The course will provide an introduction to questions progressive christians continue to rethink, questions about theism, christology, panentheism, and the opportunities which the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth offer to the evolution and well-being of humanity.
People's Catholic Seminary
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