ABOVE FOR THIS WEEK'S
"His book is a treasure
trove of practical wisdom about what it means to bear
witness to our hope for a better world."
—Parker J. Palmer, author of
HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY
"In our ever-changing world, Gulley's book is much needed.
An important book for any person of faith."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Every serious Christian ought to read this book, ponder it,
wrestle with it, but above all, be grateful for its'
presence in today's urgent conversation about what we are
becoming as a people of God."
-Phyllis Tickle, author of
THE GREAT EMERGENCE
At a recent
speech, the woman introducing me used the word iconoclast. It had
been awhile since I'd heard that word, so when I got home I looked
it up in my dictionary to discover what the woman thought of me. Iconoclast:
1.) one who destroys
religious images or opposes their veneration 2.) one who attacks
settled beliefs or institutions.
I don't recall ever
destroying a religious image, so I'm assuming she was referring to
the second description. I do enjoy dismantling settled
beliefs, not for the sake of wanton destruction, but for the sake of
building something more helpful and beautiful in their place.
For too long, American
Christianity has been poisoned by a narrowness of mind and spirit,
demanding we believe the implausible, affirm the absurd, and despise
the different. Thoughtful people are leaving the Church in
droves, unwilling to diminish their lives or the lives of others for
the sake of faith.
This website is my
ongoing effort to build a Christianity we can live with - a
Christianity that brings out the best in us, not the worst; a
Christianity at home with people of other faiths; a Christianity
grateful for scientific knowledge; a Christianity rooted in God's
grace, and informed by the example of Jesus. It is the
Christianity many of us have longed for, but haven't found.
Perhaps it's time we looked somewhere else. GraceTalks might
be just the place to start.
The focus of
GraceTalks will be wide-ranging, from peace to politics, to Biblical
interpretation, to the role of Christianity in the wider world.
If you're an iconoclast, or leaning that way, I invite you to join
me in building a new kind of Christianity, where love counts more
than rules, and reason more than fear. Enjoy this website,
read and spread its message, change yourself, then change our world.
with memorable, insightful and revealing stories. I
- Marcus Borg, author of The First Christmas
“Philip Gulley separates wheat from chaff, experience from
explanation and purpose from function in this book. He calls
the Jesus message into a new vision - one that has both
power and integrity.”
- John Shelby
Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision
"His vision of Christianity is
grounded, gripping, and filled with uncommon sense."
-Father Richard Rohr
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June 22, 2013
New Horizons UMC
611 East 53rd St.
Anderson, IN 46013
August 3, 2013
Young Presidents' Organization Indiana
Silver Lake, MI 49436
August 16-18, 2013
New York Yearly Meeting Retreat
524 Pitt Hall Rd.
Old Chatham, NY 12136
September 5, 2013
Hendricks County Arts Council
Annual Gala with Encore Vocal Arts
59 S. Washington St.
Danville, IN 46122
September 8-9, 2013
Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church
513 10th St.
Huntington, WV 25706
September 21-22, 2013
Wesley United Methodist Church
502 E. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
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