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Cross Left

Blog or WebsiteExcerpts from the main faq over at a new community site Cross Left that just started up, and that you all should check out...

"1. Who are you?

Who we are is a grassroots group of interdenominational progressive Christians who are helping to organize the movement of the Christian left and hoping to provide a place for dialogue between the left and the right.

2. What are you doing?

We are creating a virtual and physical community that supports the movement of the Christian left, supporting the exchange of ideas and differences.

3. Why?

We are doing this because we care about our faith and about the state of our nation. We believe that as progressive Christians we have the responsibility to bring our progressive values to bear in the world.

We believe that the increased activism of the Christian right has produced an imbalanced view of Christianity and that this has had an adverse impact on our nation's politics and policies.

We are doing this to add balance to the Christian voice that the public hears. God did not put all wisdom in one person rather he spread it through all humanity. It is with that unified and balanced voice that the peace and love of God can be shared and sustained.

We believe that it is time that there be a movement to recenter the conversation as it relates to Christianity and our core values.

We reject the notion that religon is defined by a set of wedge issues used by expedient politicians at election time.

We believe that Christ taught us to be tolerant and to reach out to those we disagree with. He taught us to be inclusive. He sat with tax collectors and with sinners. He welcomed them to the table and taught us that we should do as he did. He taught us to love God, our self and our neighbor- this being the foundation for all other commandments.

As Christians, we believe that we can not accept a political agenda that does not speak to, model and act on that love. And we believe that as Christians we must be in action around that core value of our faith. We can not be mere spectators. We have a moral obligation to raise our voices, take responsibility and engage in dialogue."
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