Women, Theology, and St Julian of Norwich

Saturday 1st October, 2016 | Author: Harry Houldsworth

Women, Theology, and St Julian of Norwich Harry Houldsworth pays tribute to two female authors, separated by over six hundred years, who have given him a sense that there may be a feminine approach to faith.

I don’t know how many members of PCN Britain saw the superb documentary about St Julian of Norwich, shown on BBC4 in July of this year. The title was: The search for the lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich. It was presented by Dr Janina Ramirez...

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Where do you score on the Gretta Vosper heresy scale?

Saturday 1st October, 2016 | Author: Andy Vivian

Where do you score on the Gretta Vosper heresy scale? The credal trial of the Gretta Vosper, the rebel Canadian cleric, has highlighted a difference in tone between progressive Chistianity and traditional Christendom.

Canadian minister, Revd Gretta Vosper, looks increasingly likely to be defrocked on theological grounds.  The Toronto regional conference of the United Church of Canada has decided that she is not suitable to continue as a minister of the church at West Hill in Toronto city.  Her case will now go before a formal panel of the church’s national General Council.

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Spiritual practices and the art of soul nurturing

Tuesday 27th September, 2016

Spiritual practices and the art of soul nurturing Kaitlyn Steele Steele offers an appreciation of Fully Awake and Truly Alive by Jane Vennard.

‘I have come to think of myself as a practicing Christian rather than a believing Christian. This renaming has liberated me from the struggle of agonizing over what I believe and has allowed me to turn my attention and my energy to the practices of other traditions as well as my own. This variety of spiritual practices has helped me to understand and experience what I believe to be the core teaching of Christianity - what it means to be human and truly alive.‘

Jane Vennard, Extract from ‘Fully Awake and Truly Alive’

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Theology versus Sex

Wednesday 7th September, 2016

Theology versus Sex In the lead letter of today's Guardian, PCN chair, Adrian Alker, while paying tribute to the late Bishop David Jenkins, also calls for less preoccupation with sexuality in the Church of England and more honest debate about theology.

Two Anglican bishops in the news: a report that the former bishop of Durham, David Jenkins, has died aged 91 managed to make at least the Guardian online (Report, 4 September); but it was the present bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, who succeeded in making it into print (Business as usual for bishop’s first sermon since coming out, 5 September). Sex has always trumped theology when it comes to selling newspapers.

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Three appreciations of Bishop David Jenkins

Wednesday 7th September, 2016 | Author: Michael Wright

Three appreciations of Bishop David Jenkins Bishop David Jenkins died last Sunday. This blog contains tributes from three admirers in his former diocese of Durham.

When David Jenkins lectured, his speaking speed was like an express train. It was often hard to take in what he had just said that challenged, enthused, encouraged or enlightened me before he was off on the next thought of significance. He was in the tradition of scholar bishops of Durham such as Lightfoot, Henson, Ramsey and Ramsay – but he was very much a one-off.

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Why I wrote The Great Spiritual Migration

Tuesday 30th August, 2016 | Author: Brian McLaren

Why I wrote The Great Spiritual Migration On the eve of his UK tour, Brian McLaren writes about the title of his new book, a theme which he will develop in eight locations around Britain in October.

The human story is a tale of people in motion. 

Anthropologists tell us that our ancient ancestors lived in southern Africa some two hundred thousand years ago, but it didn’t take long before many began migrating north, eventually crossing into the Middle East. Some then migrated west across Europe and others moved east across Asia. And that, we know, was just the beginning.

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What must the Church of England do to stop its decline?

Monday 15th August, 2016 | Author: Adrian Alker

What must the Church of England do to stop its decline? Twenty years ago, those who had no religious interest would often describe themselves as CofE when questioned about their faith allegiance. That has changed; such people are now far more likely to opt for the ‘no religion’ category.

Writing in the Church Times (Jun 17th 2016), Canon Alan Billings puts this trend down to widespread disillusion with the Church of England, fuelled by its attitude to homosexual partnerships and its poor record on child abuse.  He calls on the church’s leaders and members to take time to listen to those of ‘no religion’. ‘In truth we known next to nothing about them.’ 

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How I fell in love with Modern Church

Thursday 28th July, 2016 | Author: Julian Wood

How I fell in love with Modern Church Julian writes about how he found his way to PCN's partner organisation Modern Church.

Mark 12:31, The Message

29-31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”

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Spiritual but not Religious?

Wednesday 13th July, 2016 | Author: Adrian Alker

Spiritual but not Religious? PCN chair, Adrian Alker argues that churches should forgo their love of unbelievable creeds and set rituals. He calls on religious leaders to focus on practice rather than belief. In this way they might reconnect with the increasing numbers who claim to be spiritual but not religious.

This article was first published in Sofia 120 (June 2016), the journal of Sea of Faith. Reprinted with permission.

Churches in the United Kingdom, as elsewhere in much of Western Europe and North America, face an accelerating loss of members.

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After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way?

Monday 11th July, 2016

After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way? As the UK faces an uncertain future, and its two major political parties hold internal contests for their leadership, a senior Anglican professor claims that the need for a new, progressive social-democratic political party ‘has never been more urgent’.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has made the claim in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which he is a Vice President.

In the essay, called After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way?, Prof Percy notes the absence from the debate preceding the EU Referendum of words such as ‘community’ and ‘union’:

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