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Urban Sanctuary

Each week, pastors Dana and Lauren (and sometimes special guests) help us understand what it means to be a progressive Christian. We start from the Bible and talk about everything from genderfluidity, to how to talk to people from different political camps, to resting in God's word about who we are (protip: the answer is "loved").

Sep 3, 2019

In modern America, work equals worth. Meanwhile, some of us are working two, three or four jobs and still cannot survive. Here, guest writer Lita Kurth tells us some personal Labor Day stories, and Pastor Lauren gives us an alternative to the Protestant-work-ethic culture we live in.


Sep 3, 2019

Cultural context matters. Guest teacher Walter Hudson tells us about what it would have meant, in Jesus' time, if we were slapped and then turned the other cheek, or carried a pack an extra mile, or gave someone the shirt off our back. Literally. None of these are doormat behaviors, but are instead subversive protests...


Sep 3, 2019

"Turn the other cheek" is a loaded text, especially for the oppressed or silenced. Women, brown people, nonbinary folks, all get told to "turn the other cheek" when we are attacked, more as a way to safeguard the status quo than to help us get by in a world where power is unevenly distributed. Then again, how do we...


Jul 22, 2019

Guest speaker Debbie Mytels, of Interfaith Power and Light, tells us about our duty as Christians to protect the planet--and gives us actionable items to do so! You can also hear us officially join IPL after the sermon.


Jul 22, 2019

This week, we examine the story of the three visitors to Abraham's tent. Abraham has just been promised that he'll be the father to nations... but of course, this is a long shot. Still, he serves those who need it, and as a result, he gets a confirmation that his blessing is indeed on the way! How do we stay...