Posts by Roger Wolsey

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Lions, and Tigers, and Progressives – Oh My.

by Roger Wolsey

I recently experienced some things that are the stuff of many people’s worst nightmares – an unexpected, surprise speaking engagement without notice, and being charged with heresy. ProgressiveChristianity.org was a sponsoring partner of the annual Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina this year and, as a member of the Board of Directors, I was sent […]

Be the Poetry of Resurrection.

by Roger Wolsey

“Friends, there is a message of hope for us today! Even though it’s middle of winter, it’s an Easter message! It’s the message that nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God!” … words I said at a recent funeral service I led… But sometimes, sometimes I wonder. I wonder if sometimes things […]

10 Ways Churches Could Bring Us to God.

by Roger Wolsey

The Church is dying. Specifically, Christianity in Western countries is rapidly diminishing. 7-8,000 churches close their doors every year in the U.S. – about 150-200 every week. In 1966, there were 600 Catholic seminaries in America. 189 remain. 1000 Southern Baptist congregations close every year with half of them predicted to close by 2030. More […]

Why Retreat? Guest Writer Kimberly Braun.

by Roger Wolsey

Why go on a retreat? Why take the time and why devote the money? When your life is so full and so busy why step away when relaxation could be obtained by flying to a sunny beach, or exhilaration might be accomplished by booking a weekend of skiing? Why step into an environment wholly devoted […]

Mysticism, Carmel, and the Holy Land.

by Roger Wolsey

Guest Writer: Rev. Kimberly Braun. Mysticism sure has become a buzzword these days, whether it is a desire to recognize yourself as a mystic, discover how to surrender into mystical experience, learn from people we consider mystics or even stand skeptically apart from the notion, the word-mysticism- evokes response. When I see this kind of […]

The Bathwater AND the Baby?

by Roger Wolsey

Christmas is upon us. What is Christmas? How are progressive Christians to understand it? Can we even celebrate it at all? Most progressive Christians embrace the scholarship that points to how the stories of Jesus’ birth were tacked onto the faith well after the original gospel of Mark was written down – without any mention […]

Good Grief. What men need.

by Roger Wolsey

I recently participated in a two hour experiential gathering that was advertised in the town I live in aimed at helping people deal with some important parts of life. The title of the event, “Expressing Grief, Honoring Truth, Reigniting the Heart,” and the description of it – “Join us for this gathering that is open […]

Child of Hope. Poetry for such a time as this.

by Roger Wolsey

I am the wind rushing by seeing all the world’s great pain. I am the land people make love upon that’s nurtured, war-torn, and raped. I am the Sun dishonored whose radiant energy is tragically squandered. I am the water getting warmer and ready to cover the earth. I am the volatile atmosphere seeking your […]

We are Sodom.

by Roger Wolsey

The following article is one of my favorites that I’ve ever come across. I found it 14 years ago in The Wittenberg Door Magazine. It was written by a former Republican lawmaker who was repenting of his sins of sodomy. (That website is no longer administered). – Roger Wolsey —————————————————- “What’s Mine is Yours” Confessions […]

Repurposing the Rubble Remnants.

by Roger Wolsey

We like to think that we’re progressing. We like to think that we’re evolving. We like to think that society is on the verge of a Great Leap Forward, a dawning of an age of Aquarius, bounding from blue to orange, green, yellow, turquoise, & coral with “Indigo children” rising.   We’d like to think […]

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