Christianity is worth the very redemption it proclaims…
-Rev. Shannon Michael Pater
Where Heart and Mind Meet is the website and blog of The Rev. Shannon Michael Pater (Psy.D., RYT-500), Senior Minister of Central Congregational United Church of Christ, Atlanta.
This ever-evolving site is intended to be a resource for Progressive Christianity. Here you will find theological reflections & faith stories from Rev. Michael and members of Central, book reviews, websites and links to other resources. The goals are:
- To provide resources for those who want to re-image and re-define a Progressive Christian faith. There is a lot of work being done in many communities!
- To provide stories and testimonies from members of a Progressive Christian congregation (Central UCC, Atlanta). Even if you are new to this place of faith, you are not alone in this journey.
- To explore Progressive theology, not “just” issues of social justice. Christianity needs to be rooted in theology, or else it risks simply being an expression of the politics of the day.
Mary Oliver wrote that poems are “fire for the cold, ropes to let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry” (A Poetry Handbook). This website is meant to be fire for those whose Christian theology has left them in the cold, rope and to discover new places, and bread for those who hunger for a faith of substance, seasoned and steeped in questions.