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Layers of Faith: A Roadmap for Spiritual Growth and a Way to Make Sense of Conflict Among the Faithful
Welcome to the Edge of Faith
I may not be a fundamentalist, and I may not be an evangelical, but I am still a Christian.
Most of those in the first two categories would disagree with that third part.
I’m okay with that.
And, I’m not alone.
There are more progressive Christians out there than you might expect. Some of us live in places where it’s not a good idea to come out of the theological closet.
After all, relationships matter, and when primary relationships have a fundamentalist or evangelical worldview, it’s not safe socially to vocalize a progressive perspective.
I get that. I grew up in a small Illinois town. I was formed in the rural, conservative mindset, and I didn’t grow beyond that until I was in my 20s. So, I understand how powerful social pressure to conform can be.
And when that social pressure says there’s only one way (their way) to be Christian, well…
If there’s one thing I want you to hear right now, it’s this…
You CAN be both progressive and Christian at the same time.
In fact, I am a progressive because of my faith, not in spite of it.
I promote a progressive Christian perspective because I think it is the most true and the most faithful approach in today’s day and age.
I’m Bo McGuffee, Founder of ECF
I did not grow up in the church, and I didn’t join the church until 1998.
My experience with Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA) in Rockford, IL, radically changed my perspective on religion. I discovered that organized religion wasn’t as bad as I had previously thought. And I was ordained as a Minister of Word & Sacrament in 2005.
The question that haunts me is this: “Into what is Christianity evolving?”
In 2005, I began The Evolving Christian Faith Network blog to explore that question. I kept it up from time to time through the years.
Recently, I decided to transform it into a dedicated spiritual renewal and growth platform for progressive Christians.
Progressive Christians (perhaps like yourself) need support and encouragement to engage their unique progressive perspectives because the dominant voice of Christianity in America rejects it and drowns it out.
I want to send you regular inspiration in your inbox so you can have a more vital, thriving spiritual life as a progressive Christian.
I will touch on a variety of topics.
Spiritual growth and maturation
General spiritual life reflections
Currently, this newsletter is free.
Creating and marketing this content takes a lot of time and energy. So, eventually, I will open a paid option (probably $5/month). If you like what you read, I hope you will consider financially supporting my endeavors to make the world a more loving place by using my progressive Christian voice.
As income increases from subscriptions, that will free up more of my time to expand this endeavor. I intend to make this newsletter more robust and branch out into other related projects. I hope to eventually draw in enough finances to support a local mission. All of that, however, is quite a ways down the road.
Through your support, I hope to move us beyond merely being individuals who are part of a wider progressive Christian collective and into becoming a game-changing movement.