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Christmas Carol Challenge

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Challenge went out the week before Christmas: Does anybody know a good Christmas carol based on Mark’s version of Jesus’ birth? But alas, Mark doesn’t have a “birth narrative” on which to base a Christmas carol. So, we challenged LtQers to come up with a carol anyway! Thanks to Dennis Ryle, Squire John, and Marian L Shatto for their…

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Two more BRAND NEW Carols from OZ

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiastic responses, shares, and praise for George Stuart’s lyrics! In response, George has written two BRAND NEW sets of lyrics.  More Christmas than Advent, one is to the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and the other is to the tune “The First Nowell.” In keeping with LtQ’s encouragement to actually…

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Seriously. A New (and Singable) Advent Hymn

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

More and more, practitioners of Progressive Christianity are speaking out about the beloved but threadbare hymns in current denominational hymnals. Most are intolerable. The rest are downright counter-productive to the foundations of 21st century faith. As George Stuart has noted, these traditional hymns use lyrics and words that “express ideas which singers no longer enthusiastically or…

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Bishop Spong on the First Easter

By Jennifer Schwarz | April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

“There is no question in my mind that had there not been some transforming experience that happened to the disciples after the death of Jesus that convinced them that he had conquered the boundary of human death there would be no Christianity.  But what people don’t understand is that the idea that that experience meant…

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A Prayer for a Quirky New Year: Happy 2014!

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Harvest of Quirkiness (CLICK HERE for HD version on VIMEO) Gracious God, how can creation sing your praises, except with the red wings of blackbirds flashing across blue sky, and the croak and splash of frogs playing hide-and-seek in the ponds? How can the firmament proclaim your handiwork, except in the wagging tail of…

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Oy Vey Maria! The Virgin Birth as Mistake, Marketing, and Major Distraction

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Living the Questions’ co-author, David Felten, is on Huffington Post with a blogpost for Christmas. Check it out by clicking HERE or on the “Mary & Jesus” graphic. __________________________ “There really is something about Mary. Catholics aren’t the only ones who harbor a measure of devotion to Jesus’ mother that can sometimes border on the…

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God is Dying

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“God Will Not Be God Without Us.  When anybody in this world is hurt, God is hurt. When anybody in this world gets their lives twisted and out of joint, that radically affects the reality of God. When a culture is bombed and civilizations are dying, God is being bombed, and in human terms, dying.”…

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Living the Questions: How the Wisdom of Progressive Christianity is energizing a 21st Century Approach to Following Jesus.

By Jennifer Schwarz | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

In Southern California at the end of July? Then join author, pastor, and co-creator of Living the Questions, Rev. David Felten on Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad for practical insights on a Progressive approach to 21st century Christianity. Ever struggled with questions about how Christianity is going to survive…

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A Meditation for the New Year from LtQ – 2013

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The words of Rumi are visualized as a meditation for the New Year. May 2013 be a time when you hear the music others don’t… EVOLVE The Mystic dances in the sun Hearing music others don’t  Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.  You will come to see that all…

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Do The Parables Speak To Us?

By Jennifer Schwarz | September 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Does Scripture have relevance for the 21st Century? Are there lessons in the parables that speak to us about loving our enemies or even labor relations? Amy-Jill Levine says yes. What do you say? Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and  Professor of…

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