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Response to James Dobson PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Talking Points Memo: Progressive Christians Respond to James Dobson's Inaccurate Statements 

On Wednesday November 22, 2006 Dr. James Dobson, PhD, founder and president of Focus on the Family, appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live.  During the course of the interview Dr. Dobson made a number of highly inaccurate statements on matters including faith, sexuality, liberalism and the United States Constitution.

The Institute for Progressive Christianity, a think tank composed of mainstream liberal Christians is compelled to respond to two of Dr. Dobson’s erroneous assertions. The first concerns the following outrageous claim:

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IPC Winter Symposium PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 February 2007

Countering Fundamentalism: The Christian Gospel as a Basis for Progressive Social Action February 23-24th  


Please join us in Cambridge, Massachusetts as we build the Institute for Progressive Christianity - a research institute committed to producing work firmly rooted in scripture and the diverse Christian values represented in Progressive Christianity. The symposium will feature three panel discussions. One of the panel discussions will be a presentation of the IPC's current work on gay marriage
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Please Join Us
On February 23-24, the Institute for Progressive Christianity will host its Winter Symposium entitled "Countering Fundamentalism: Christian Gospel as a Basis for Progressive Social Action."

The symposium will also include a visioning process for a Progressive Christian action agenda for the region and the country.

Join Us in Boston as we seek to give greater definition to the new movement of Progressive Christianity.

Event Details
February 23rd and 24th
6:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday; 9:30am - 3:00 pm on Saturday
First Church in Cambridge (UCC), 11 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Further Event Information

The symposium seeks to provide both a forum for lively discussion and debate integrated with planning sessions for Greater Boston.

The two-day event will feature intellectual discussions on the History of Christian Progressivism, Jesus' Call to Peacemaking, the Theological Support for Gay Marriage.

We will also hold interactive sessions that seek to develop a cross-denominational, cross-tradition Progressive Christian Council that will work towards a public policy agenda regionally and nationally.

Event Details
February 23rd and 24th
23rd: 6:00 - 9:00 pm; 24th 9:30am - 3:00Pm
First Church in Cambridge (UCC), 11 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138, one block from Harvard Square

Speakers and panelists include: Prof. Richard Parker, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Rev. Debra Haffner, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing; Rev. Anne Fowler, President of Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry; Rev. Pam Werntz, Assistant Rector St. Paul's Episcopal  Brookline;Justin Lee, Executive Director; Frederick Clarkson, Founder of; Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Executive Director of New Orleans Interfaith Worker Justice, and others.

About the Institute for Progressive Christianity
We are Progressive
We are progressive in that we desire to promote: the Love of God, Neighbor and Self; Compassion; Justice; and the Common Good.

We are Christian
We are an ecumenical group of Christians of different theological orientations: Liberal, Mainline Protestant, Catholic, and Evangelical. We believe in being in community that maintains unity while acknowledging and supporting our diversity. We are united in our conviction that our progressive values flow directly from our understanding of the message and example of Jesus.

We are an Institute
We have faith that we can positively confront the ills of this world with a progressive Christian witness that is coherent, convicted, intelligent, and passionate. In a spirit of being affirmative, we believe that engaging society's questions should be done transparently and authentically from a reasoned yet inspired place of substance. We research, analyze, and discuss the issues with an eye to welcoming other people into a dialogue where we can encourage and provoke each other to fulfill our destinies as unique but interdependent reflections of the Creator.


 Symposium Organizer
Branden Grimmett
IPC Director
Stephen Rockwell
For More Info on Gay Marriage Session :
Otis Gaddis III
A Greater Boston Progressive Christian Council?
Is there a new spiritual movement of Progressive Christians? What would a cross-denominational, cross-tradition movement look like? What issues should we be addressing as a movement? Come help build something new that is rooted in the progressive Christian tradition of abolitionism, Civil Rights, and other economic and social justice work.


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IPC Press Release on IRD PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 February 2007

Vision of Inclusion, Tolerance, and Respect Challenges IRD

Washington, DC February 6, 2007 Institute for Progressive Christianity (IPC) Director Stephen Rockwell calls the Institute on Religion and Democracy's (IRD) latest publication Strange Yokefellows, "nothing more than a purely politically- motivated attack upon the National Council of Churches (NCC)."

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Recap of the Initial Symposium PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 November 2006

Thanks to all of you who joined us on November 18th for our initial meeting and symposium.  The keynote address for the symposium was delivered by Naomi Wolf. For those of you who missed the event or the CSPAN coverage, we have included the transcript below.

Thank you, and I am delighted to be here.
Naomi WolfThis is potentially an historic occasion; at a moment of great danger for our nation, when the forces of the religious right have shown their tremendous power in intervening in national policy and even determining world events, some ordinary citizens have decided to stand up and fight back. There are fewer than a hundred people in this room today – but this gathering could be the start of a groundswell of citizens of all faiths determined to reverse the tide and be a force for social justice in the nation. The Center for Progressive Christianity, hopefully in alliance with friends and multifaith partners from every walk of life, may be stepping forward at a moment when such a movement is desperately needed, to be a catalyst for a groundswell of millions of citizens determined to live in an America guided by ethical policies and social justice principles, rather than by powerful theocrats.

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IPC Challenges Dobson and Rush PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 December 2006
“The preservation of a democratic civilization requires the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove. The children of light must be armed with the wisdom of the children of darkness but remain free from their malice. They must know the power of self-interest in human society without giving it moral justification. They must have this wisdom in order that they may beguile, deflect, harness and restrain self-interest, individual and collective, for the sake of the community.” --Reinhold Niebuhr
On November 22, 2006, the founder and president of Focus on the Family appeared on CNN's Larry King Live. During the course of the interview, Dobson made a number of highly inaccurate statements on matters of faith, sexuality, liberalism and the United States Constitution. It was the same old tired tale of how liberals are immoral; how they don’t believe in right and wrong; how we all practice “moral relativism.” It was rhetoric that many of us have become all too accustomed to hearing from the religious right, but almost never gets adequately addressed, let alone refuted.
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