What Lies Beneath

I walked into the church as a spy. Having worked at Church of the Beatitudes for several months, I had not yet done what I had wanted to do for a while…See how other churches welcomed visitors, what made them different from us, and in what ways we could improve. When I walked into this church, I was handed a paper expecting a full bulletin – but no. I expected the room to be sprinkled with a few visitors maybe a hundred members waiting patiently for service, but no. I expected to be able to walk in unnoticed, but no. I expected to feel unwanted, or see lots of older people, but no. I expected only white people, again, no. Instead, I was greeted by the friendly face of a 45 year old woman. Sh

Guns and God: A Progressive Christian View.

Playing Cowboy I own a hand gun. It is a 22 Ruger revolver single action with a 6 inch barrel. I received it from my dad on my 18th birthday. I even bought a genuine leather holster, western style, in Tijuana to go with it. The next two summers I played cowboy while working at a church summer camp. I haven’t shot that gun for over twenty years. I go back and forth between selling it or some day giving it to one of my grandchildren. However, the possibility of one of my grandchildren or any individual doing harm to themselves or someone else, intentional or unintentional, frightens me. Occasionally, I contemplate literally carrying out the Hebrew scripture, “Hammer your plowshares into swords

Las Vegas Shooting: Progressive Christians Finding Hope In A Violent World.

I, along with you, am saddened by the multitude of deaths and injuries brought about by last night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. As one committed to understanding and following the way of Jesus, this event along with others (which are occurring far to often) makes me wonder what difference such a life makes. I wear the name tag “Progressive Christian.” So what? At times like these I am overwhelmed by the forest of violence we find ourselves. There must be more I can do than pray. I think there is. Jesus believed in the power of love to bring about a world of peace. So rather than wallowing in despair, today I am going to double my efforts to make God’s love real. I’m going to smile and say,

How to Be a Happier Person

Have you ever looked around and noticed someone always smiling, always in a good mood and always laughing and thought, “What is up with them?” Joyful people are not oddities to be examined but are in a natural state of happiness, the state we can all be in. There are certain behaviors that joyful people perform every day. Those behaviors include living a healthy dietary lifestyle; they often exercise, and enjoy clean air and sunshine. Here are 6 more behaviors of how to be a happier person: They Rarely Complain – Complaining does nothing but let the world know that you are not satisfied with your life and that you would like to perpetuate more of the same discomfort by telling everyone what

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Beatitudes Church, a progressive Christian church, affirms that every person has worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the Church persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability and economic status.




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