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A Big Conversation in Birmingham

Thursday 6th April, 2017

A Big Conversation in Birmingham Andy Long, convenor of the PCN Cardiff group, comments on his first PCN Britain AGM.

Last weekend I enjoyed a train trip up to Birmingham to attend the AGM of the Progressive Christianity Network.  It’s the first time I had been to this event and didn’t really know what to expect, apart from previous experiences of other AGMs leaning towards the tedious...

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Philip North was right to withdraw as Bishop of Sheffield

Tuesday 28th March, 2017 | Author: Adrian Alker

Philip North was right to withdraw as Bishop of Sheffield The experience of this flawed appointment should be a test case that ends the ongoing prejudice and discrimination in the Church of England, says PCN Britain chair, Adrian Alker

I very much welcome the gracious decision of Bishop Philip North to withdraw his acceptance of the post of Bishop of Sheffield. This has doubtless been a painful process for him as well as the many women and men in the diocese of Sheffield who opposed his nomination. It is to be hoped that Philip North’s ministry in the Blackburn Diocese will continue to flourish...

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It’s a Man’s Church

Tuesday 28th March, 2017

It’s a Man’s Church Rhian Taylor charts the ebb and flow of empathy for Philip North over his aborted appointment as Bishop of Sheffield.

After considerable controversy Rev Phillip North resigned from his forthcoming appointment as the Bishop of Sheffield.   This was due to criticism that as a member of Forward in Faith and The Society, organisations that don’t accept women priests and bishops, he would not be able to adequately support the clergy in Sheffield, a third of whom are women. The immediate response to his resignation seems to be a call to greater tolerance and a concern that this response has not shown enough tolerance to those of a traditional perspective... 

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Mothering Sunday

Monday 20th March, 2017 | Author: John Churcher

Mothering Sunday In this sermon, John Churcher, former chair of PCN Britain, encourages church going Christians to act like mothers, making sacrifices in order to nurture the future of the Church.

Being a mother is not easy. Mothers usually want the very best for their children and they will sacrifice even their own self and their own life to protect and to nurture their children and provide a better future for them than they themselves have experienced.  Surely, that is also what we should be doing for the Christian Church today,  sacrificing many of the words that remains precious to us to protect and to nurture the future of the Church in an increasingly secular world?  

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How I Become a Heretic - with help from Jesus

Tuesday 10th January, 2017

How I Become a Heretic - with help from Jesus The title of this blog is the title of a PCN conference that Robin Meyers will be leading in Bristol in May. Here he sheds some light on his spiritual journey.

I was a tow-headed twelve-year-old preacher’s kid and Sunday school was not optional. My teacher was Mr. Nigh, a salt-of-the-earth but slightly grim Calvinist holding forth in a stuffy classroom at the Riverside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas. He was teaching us about forgiveness, expounding on Peter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 18:21 about how many times a person should be expected to forgive another person before the warranty runs out. My mind was elsewhere....

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Finding a new way

Monday 12th December, 2016

Finding a new way Members of Brighton's PCN affiliated group, Beyond Belief, have launched a new progressive Christian congregation located in their local community centre. We asked them to tell their story.

On Saturday, November 26, the Brighthelm Progressive Church (BPC) was launched. It was hardly packed out: eight people came along. But one has to start somewhere.

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A parting of the ways?

Thursday 8th December, 2016 | Author: Harry Houldsworth

A parting of the ways? As we move away from more orthodox ideas of a paternal, interventionist God, is it inevitable that progressive Christians will set up their own churches? Harry Houldsworth makes a plea for this not to happen.

How do you define “God” and does it matter?  “Which God?” many progressive Christians may reply.  “Do you mean the supernatural, interventionist God?  Or do you mean God as the Ground of our Being, as advocated by Tillich and his supporters?  Or do you see God simply as Love?  Or is it a female or genderless version you want to define?”

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Attending an Interfaith Forum

Thursday 17th November, 2016

Attending an Interfaith Forum This is the third of three articles for Interfaith Week, written by PCN members. The author, Nicola Phelan, offers some reflections on her local interfaith forum in Rugby.

I came to live in Rugby in 1997 but worked elsewhere. Having met Christians of a progressive frame of mind a PCN group started. When an interfaith forum was formed in 1999 I began attending meetings and linked events when possible. This seemed a natural thing to do from my faith perspective.

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Interfaith Orthopraxy

Tuesday 15th November, 2016 | Author: Howard Grace

Interfaith Orthopraxy This is the second of three articles for Interfaith Week written by PCN members. Its author, Howard Grace from Newbury, is co-founder of the West Berkshire Peace and Integration Forum. 

In this year’s Reith Lecture Kwame Anthony Appiah said,

“We all know the word “orthodoxy”: it comes from a Greek word that means correct belief. But there’s a less familiar word, “orthopraxy” which comes from another Greek word ‘praxis’, which means action.”

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Pluralism, the will of God

Sunday 13th November, 2016

Pluralism, the will of God This is the first of three articles for Interfaith Week written by PCN members. Its author, Alan Race from south London has written books about Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Pluralism. 

One meaning of the term ‘globalisation’ is that we are being brought into contact with one another – as individuals, tribes, cultures, religions – as never before. In my newspaper recently, there were stories with Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish references.

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