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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A liberal church in Mississippi?

Friendly Atheist has highlighted an atheist who is visiting various churches in Mississippi. Obviously he's had a rough time of the experience so far. So the question is whether there are liberally minded churches in the state.

I tried to find public liberal churches in Mississippi, something you can find easily in most parts of the country. Not very easy in though that state besides a few UUA congregations. A couple church websites from that area did catch my eye though:

http://www.trinityhattiesburg.org/ Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg which says they are an "open and diverse family dedicated to serving God and all creation" Many of the Episcopal churches in the state gave indication of being moderate to liberal.

http://www.fpcoxford.net/index.php?/who-we-are/ First Presbyterian in Oxford says "we celebrate and respect the rich diversity of background and belief to be found here" Also First Christian in Gulfport shows some promise at www.fccgulfport.org

My own work is with the UCC and Disciples of which there seems to be little presence. One's best bet is PCUSA, the Episcopal Church, and the ELCA. But even these groups, which are generally moderate to liberal, are often conservative in Mississippi.

I honestly don't know what I'd do if I lived there. Sounds like a painful time to be had for anyone who expects to find fair minded religion. But if anyone has congregation suggestions in that state feel free to share them on this site and Friendly Atheist's site.


At 2:40 PM , Anonymous Butch said...

I can vouch for Trinity Episcopal in Hattiesburg, MS. I’m an atheist but The Wife is a member and I quite enjoy hanging out with her church friends and always feel welcome there.

At 8:59 PM , Blogger Oliver said...

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At 9:02 PM , Blogger Oliver said...

(Let's see if I can do this without all the typos.)

Hi. I am the atheist who is visiting various churches in Mississippi. Based on your recomendation on the Friendly Atheist blog I decided to visit the First Presbyterian Church. Thanks for the suggestion. http://tinyurl.com/6m53hb

At 9:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dwight, I am not sure how to read your comment regarding finding a liberal church in Mississippi when you make reference to a few UUA congregations. Are you saying that UUA congregations are not liberal churches and therefore do not meet your criterion? I happen to be a consulting minster at two of the six Unitarian Universalist congregations in Mississippi. And since we uphold the principle that each are responsible for their search for truth and meaning, athiests would and are welcomed at our congregations. We are the epitome of liberal religious churches.

Now if you are referring specifically to CHristian congregations there are a few others... there is Safe Harbor; www.shfc.org, in Jackson, MS.

An interesting emerging church in Jackson, MS is called the Journey; www.explorethejourney.org This church is doing some interesting things in regard to social justice work in the community. They have a dynamic mission, have attracted a lot of relatively young families, and are re-defining for themselves what it means to be Christian in the 21st century. At least this is how I am seeing it from the outside looking in. Blessings,

At 1:13 AM , Blogger Br. Joshua Hatten said...

Saint Alexis' Episcopal Church in Jackson, Mississippi is a very progressive, very open-minded and warmly welcomes EVERYONE! Check us out on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Alexis-Episcopal-Church/260921158107

At 7:30 AM , Blogger @llie12 said...

Any suggestion closer to Corinth, MS?

At 12:11 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

What about Tupelo? I have been looking but a Progressive Christian church is hard to find. I did find UU church with very small membership. Other than UU, does anyone know of a liberal Christian church in Tupelo?

At 12:11 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

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At 3:21 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Same here - looking in Tupelo. All Saints Episcopal is very moderate, but I’m not used to the formality.


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