Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
The call of Jesus to abandon homes, families and land is not the imposition of a new “holiness” code, as if material reality is impure and must be spurned in the quest for the “purity” of spiritual life. Rather, his charge is to recognize the way normal security arrangements—homes, which provide private sanctuary from physical threat; families, which were the basic means of economic production in ancient societies; and land, the pivotal measure of wealth—distract us from the true spirituality of shared resources. The only lasting security is mutual security. Whereas the roots of terrorism lie in the hoarding of sanctuary, economic production and land ownership. But to get there requires a radical reorienting of our minds and hearts. This is what it means to get saved. — Ken Sehested
Progressive Christianity is an open, intelligent and collaborative approach to the Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus that creates a pathway into an authentic and relevant religious experience.