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Dark Creature – a poem.

by Roger Wolsey

Dark Creature. i don’t know why i fell for you, perhaps one of those opposites attract sorts of things. you revel in gloom, lurk among shadows and thrive amidst snark, sarcasm and disdain you loathe things that nurture life you’re allergic to care and resistant to grace you fancy yourself a healing “uniter” but only […]

Oh My-g-od!

by Roger Wolsey

Oh My G-g-od! ? Someone recently asked me: “Can you please address the difference between God with a capital G and god with a lowercase g – and what the differences are and might mean?” As part of my major in Philosophy in college, I took a course in Aesthetics – the philosophy of art. […]

Befriending Bigots – The Power of Presence.

by Roger Wolsey

Tough guys need help. They need the help of other guys. Dudes, this is guy-talk, man to men. In particular, I’m reaching out to my fellow white, liberal, cis-gender, progressive Christian, straight men who’ve “done our work.” Guys who aren’t intimidated about dating a woman who makes more money than we do; guys who are […]

Feather – a poem.

by Roger Wolsey

Like a feather hovering, suspended in the small pocket of breath above the angel-kissed cleft of your upper lip, a soft insight floats across the dream-screen of your waking mind: You don’t need to do anything. You don’t need to prove anything. You don’t need to try to impress anyone. You don’t need to try […]

Funny Fundamentalism. Laugh at bad Bad Theology.

by Roger Wolsey

Bad theology should be called out and rejected. Laughter can be a helpful part of this. If nothing else, as catharsis from the hurt and harm caused by wretched notions about God and their effect on God’s people. In the spirit of “laughing at the Devil,” and the “Laughing Buddha”, and the “green shirt guy.” […]

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 […]

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