Fred Kaan, hymn writer and PCN adviser, dies

PCN mourns the loss of a much respected adviser

It is with great sadness that PCN marks the passing of a longstanding and much valued member of the Network.  Fred Kaan was probably best known as the writer of some of the finest contemporary progressive hymnody in English; something he began when he just couldn’t find the hymns he needed in the existing books. Social justice is central to them, and to his understanding of the gospel. Born in Holland, his adolescence coincided with the Nazi occupation of that country, and internationalism was another theme close to his heart. In a varied career he worked in Geneva as General Secretary for the Alliance of Reformed Churches, in Plymouth and in Swindon. In the 1990s he was Secretary of the Churches’ Human Rights Forum.  He was a very early member of PCN Britain and served us as one of three honorary advisers.  His wife Anthea spoke elequently about her husband at the recent Jack Spong day conference at St James’s Piccadilly, and gave us the photograph below, taken by Mark Howard.  (click download button)

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