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If you do not plan on participating by at least introducing yourself and posting now and then. please remain an unregistered guest. All new members are expected to post an introduction in the Watercooler area and familiarize themselves with our guidelines for each forum prior to further posts. Registered members without any posts in a reasonable time viewing profiles will be considered Lurkers and occasionally we delete those members as part of our cleanup.

Our members profiles are for participating members only.
Thanks for your understanding...

IMPORTANT ---- If you are having problems validating please PM me. (Instructions below)


ATTN those with AOL email addresses. If you are having problems getting our verification email, you may have to provide us with an alternate email address to register so we can reach you to validate communications. We have noticed AOL sometimes treats validation emails from forums as unsolicited spam.

Registering members are now checked automatically for Spam history. Please insure you have given us your correct email as we use it for automatic email validation confirmation by sending out a validation code to the email you registered and after you return the validation code you will have full posting privileges. The Process should nevert take longer than an hour and is often just a minute or so if you check your emails regularly. If you are having problems, validating your email, contact me by PM . PLEASE be sure to check you are not blocking mail from our domain @TCPC.org


PM Instructions --- Log on by clicking "sign-in" i the upper right hand corner of the main forum page with the user name and password that you registered with even though you haven't yet been approved by admin. (you have temporary PM (Person Message) validation privileges with the name and password you set up)

Go to the bottom of the main Message Board page where it says in small blue print 'The moderating team' . Click on those words. When the list comes up Click on the PM button to the extreme far right of my name (JosephM) which will bring you to your personal messenger screen. You can PM me from there. I will get back with you as soon as possible. Since I am at this time the most active user with full Moderator and Admin privileges I suggest you always PM me first but if you prefer, (glintopewter) who also has some Admin access can also be sent a message and help by clicking PM to the far right of his name

Looking forward to your participation on this board.

Love in Christ,
JosephM (as Moderator/Admin)

PS AGAIN .... Please insure you are not blocking our email validation with your email filter. You must have a valid email address that we can send your admin validation key to so we can complete your enrollment. Please insure you are allowing messages that come from @tcpc.org

If all else fails and you are in the validation process and you need to talk to me by phone....go to my profile (JosephM) and click on the Call Me box. Guests do not have access to profiles but if you reached validation email status you should be able to go there.

Edited by JosephM

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THIS IS OUR MISSION AND PUBLIC STATEMENT ABOUT US. Note point 4 that ALL are welcome including Agnostics and those of different orientations. Also note that point 5 is more concerned with how we behave toward one another than what we say we believe. Please at all times be courteous to other members and treat them as you would expect to be treated with respect and sensitivity to differing beliefs.


The mission of The Center for Progressive Christianity is:


» To reach out to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive, as well as to those who have given up on or are unacquainted with it.


» To uphold evangelism as an agent of justice and peace.


» To give a strong voice both in the churches and the public arena to the advocates of progressive Christianity .


» To support those who embrace the search, not certainty.


About Us: The 8 Points


By calling ourselves progressive, we mean we are Christians who...


1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus.


2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us.


3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus's name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all peoples.


4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):

believers and agnostics,

conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,

women and men,

those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,

those of all races and cultures,

those of all classes and abilities,

those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope


5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.


6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes.


7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God's creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers.


8. Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.

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To All,


I think it would be fair to say here, that TCPC supports the journey of all who come here, and at the same time, leaves the transformation process of ones journey in the hands of God, Absolute Reality, our source, All that Is, no Name or whatever name a member here would apply.


Agreement or disagreement is never required of one. No one has to become like one of us to be acceptable. If someones post speaks to you, that is good. If not, that is also good. Perhaps you have something to add that will speak to others or that they can consider. Yet in all cases, behavior speaks louder than words. I repeat, we are not here to convert people, or require them to agree with a posted view regardless of any credentials one might have.


Our mission is primarily one of outreach and support (full mission can be read here) Lets be supportive of others right to decide for themselves what they shall believe while demonstrating by our behavior and respect that love for one another is always a top priority. Views as long as they are respectful of others will never get you warnings, suspensions, or banned from this site as long as I am Administrator and have agreement by those who service I am under as a team member. On the other hand, insults, personal demeaning remarks, name calling, putting down others with differing views as somehow less intelligent, promoting private agendas, using this site primarily for advertising and in general being disrespectful of others will bring on these things. Everyone can make a mistake but, please try to recognize any you may make and apologize while it is yet day so I need not get involved.


I realize other sites may be more tolerant of behavior than we are here. However, I am not trying to be other sites. Many here have written and indicated they are in support of our moderation and some even thank us for bringing things to their attention. Some are not happy with me or the moderation here and have not been afraid to say so. I accept their right to be as such. Actions may not always be in line with what some may believe is 'right'. I accept that as their legitimate view and to me, they are welcome here as much as I am. Yet it is important to remember I have a responsibility to fulfill and must be guided by our mission and 8 points of TCPC as i am led. Please try to work with me to keep discipline to a minimum and try not to take it too personal if you are cautioned in any of your posts. There is always growth possible for all of us where choices are presented.


JosephM ( as Moderator/Admin)

Edited by JosephM

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