Earlier today, Adventists for Progress received an e-mail from John Shore inviting AFP to be a partner with his faith-based LGBTQ-affirming organization, NALT Christians Project (that he co-founded), in its advocacy for a more inclusive and loving spirit to take root in faith communities. A spirit, of which, embraces our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in Christian solidarity.
As an online project to encourage a more progressive, inclusive, and enlightened Adventist approach toward Christian spiritual practice, it is an honor to be invited by John and his organization, NALT, to be a partner in furthering their goal of supporting the LGBTQ community and their allies in the faith community.
Well, today, Adventists for Progress (AFP) officially debuts online. And, as such, this website welcomes you all. (All apologies for the lack of “ooh-aah” fanfare befitting the debut of any website new to the scene.)
Anyway, over the next following days, weeks, months, and (hopefully) years, it is AFP‘s hope that it will be an engaged partner (mirroring the erudite substance and the intellectually conversant style of the old journal of liberal Christian thought, Christianity and Crisis) with others, in and outside the broad Seventh-day Adventist Left community, in forging ahead toward the future in defining what it means to be an Adventist, Christian, and progressive in an interconnected, global 21st century age. An age that is facing a confluence of some of the most daunting challenges confronting humanity in the last 30 years: the environmental crisis gripping the world, the rising tide of social inequality of today’s new Gilded Age, and the public’s deepening distrust with the failed institutions of authority in both political and civil life.
Now with all that out of the way, the only thing left is to simply state a few words: Let’s begin.