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Holly Stevens, shopkeeper
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Member Since: 2004

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Shopkeeper Holly Stevens is a funeral consumer advocate. Read an essay she wrote on the role of faith communities in the home funeral movement, which was published recently in The Christian Century. Obtain a copy of "Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities."

Bold, positive, inspired designs for followers of liberal and mainline Christian traditions. "Plucked" refers to the movement of the Divine in our midst and on our hearts and "Strings" celebrates our great diversity.

questions, a writing journal

questions, a writing journal
A writing journal with open-ended questions to stimulate reflections, from a nonfundamentalist Christian.

Plucked Strings Panoramic Bumper Sticker Shop

Plucked Strings Panoramic Bumper Sticker Shop
Our unique Panoramic Bumper Stickers (TM) are like art for the car.

Straight But Not Narrow Aisle

Straight But Not Narrow Aisle
You're straight, but you support marriage equality and other civil rights for GLBT folks. After all, what would Jesus do?

Separate Church and Hate Aisle

Separate Church and Hate Aisle
How did the politics of hatred become aligned in the minds of many with the Christian church? Speak out for the separation of church and state ... and the separation of church and hate!

The Fun With Fundies Aisle

The Fun With Fundies Aisle
What looks like a fundamentalist tract about the wages of sin and belief-based salvation but instead proclaims the good news that God's grace is universal?

The Irreverent Sticker Shop

The Irreverent Sticker Shop
Some are reverent, some are irreverent, some are just ... left of center.

Familiar Chords Aisle

Familiar Chords Aisle
A selection of popular expressions among mainstream Christians that challenge positions of the Religious Right

The Mystic

The Mystic
The atheist and the fundamentalist emphasize belief systems. The path of the mystic emphasizes personal experience.

Micah 6:8 Aisle

Micah 6:8 Aisle
Micah 6:8 reads: What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness and mercy, and walk humbly with your God? A lovely peace and justice passage for the progressive person of faith.



About Plucked Strings and the Liberal Christian

Liberal Christianity begins with trust, not fear, and that makes all the difference. And so we ask questions, like how come, why not and what if? We experiment with our faith, borrowing from other traditions. We push limits, open borders, challenge authority, laugh, cry and play, and sometimes are a bit overbearing. Maybe we’re the Christ child in a big family. But like our brothers and sisters, we hunger to know God, too.

Plucked Strings offers inspired items for mainstream moderate to liberal Christians who are disturbed by the hateful agenda of the Christian Right and who find it difficult to identify either with the Christian Right or the secular left.

Unlike the fundamentalist, the mainstream Christian tends to be accepting of other religions as alternate paths to the Divine. He generally views God as essentially benevolent rather than punitive. She emphasizes the value of faith in this life rather than focusing on what lies beyond death, and she is likely to express her faith through peace and justice ministries. He probably views scripture as Spirit-inspired rather than literal truth. Unlike the secular left, however, the mainstream Christian tends to view faith as essential, without which life is reduced to existentialism. Her faith lends credence to experience beyond the intellectual and material realms, allowing for mystery and providing comfort in the face of human limitations, including death. Yet for the most part, the voice of the mainstream Christian has been muted, so much so that fundamentalism has become equated with the whole of Christianity in the minds of many. It is time for the left-of-center Christian to reclaim his voice. We hope Plucked Strings' clothes, art, stationery and other gifts will inspire and encourage her, but the real work lies in the courageous efforts of mainstream Christians to be Christ's voice for love and unity in a hurting and broken world. .

Email us with your passions and suggestions at holly _ stevens @ mac.com (remove spaces)


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