Speaking Justice and Progressive Christianity

Maybe it is just because I don’t care for the dark, though there is a lot to say about a still dark night that speaks to the need for quiet reflective times in my life. TruDee would attest to the fact that if I am in a room all the lights are turned on, I just like light!

Maybe that is why I like Daylight Savings Time so well. I know the objections about losing that hour and giving up an hour of sleep every spring, but I confess I always look forward to the day we Spring forward with the clocks that give us an extra bit of daylight at the end of the day.

There are a lot of ways to spring forward that connect to our lives and faith. Here at College Hill we have long been about looking to the future and being a part of cutting edge theology and social justice in our community and conference. CHUM continues to be a voice in a world where progressive theology and Christianity seems to still get the back seat in regards to coverage and voice in the media and other venues. I am glad and thankful we do not let that fact dissuade us from the commitment to justice and progressive thought. But we must continue to speak up and speak out, being a beacon of hope and an alternative voice for those who are looking for such a safe and sacred space as we have to offer.

I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King Jr. so often as I serve here at College Hill, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Those words ring so true not only in Dr. King’s day but on ours as well. We cannot not let fear inhibit our justice making nor our voice.

So this weekend as you Spring forward and change your clocks remember that forward movement and vision for the future we hold where the church is not stuck in the past with worn our doctrine and dogma that seems irrelevant, stale, and unjust. But rather a vision of hope, progress, love, and justice for all.

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