Chair’s December update

Included in this update, the latest news from the PCN Britain committee and some new resources available through this website...

Monday December 6th 2010

Letter from the Chair

Although a fuller report will appear in the December Newsletter, here is a brief overview of the main outcomes of the Residential Management Committee Meeting that was held on 20th – 21st November 2010 at the Guy Chester House, Muswell Hill.

  1. Our new honorary secretary, Ian McAllister, will review PCN Britain’s policies to ensure they are in line with good practice for charities. Acting on his recommendation, it was decided that the minutes of all committee meetings would be published online, starting with this meeting.
  2. A new policy on the financial underwriting of regional events organised by local PCN Britain Groups was confirmed. The Management Committee is seeking a member willing to give us advice over public liability insurance. This could be someone with a legal or an insurance background. Please contact me if you might be able to help, john.churcher@pcnbritain.org.uk.
  3. Although there will be a shortfall of income against expenditure this year, the Committee has kept the subscriptions for next year at £15 (reduced), £30 (full) and £45 (donor). This is for the 6th year in a row. Membership renewals for 2011 are due in January. The Management Committee is to dedicate its May 2011 meeting to a review of the budget.
  4. It was agreed that the September Marcus Borg Conference in Edinburgh was a great success. The CD recordings of that event are nearly sold out and another 50 are on order. 
  5. Dominic Crossan has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a PCN Britain conference in September or October 2011. 
  6. Regional conferences are being encouraged and the West Midlands PCN Britain interfaith conference “Reclaiming a Radical Faith for the 21st Century: an exploration together” has now been rescheduled for January 22nd, (see below).
  7. A new committee member, Sonya Brown, is preparing PCN Britain’s presence at Greenbelt 2011 where we are aiming to link with other organisations in the progressive fold. 
  8. Sonya is also leading a new PCN Britain subcommittee on engaging with younger people. 
  9. Angela Smith is leading on a new liturgy subcommittee. 
  10. The next St Deiniol’s residential will be on the 18th – 20th November, 2011. The speaker is still to be confirmed. 
  11. Looking further ahead we are discussing with our progressive Christianity partners the staging of a major joint national conference in 2012.
  12. The first two of the new study guides, produced in conjunction with our progressive Christian partners, will be available for purchase before Christmas. The titles are “Walk the Jesus Walk” and “Jesus Then and Now”. Both are by John Simmonds and will cost £2.95 each. Details will be in the December Newsletter and on the PCN Britain web site, http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk.
  13. Feedback from the Group Convenors’ gatherings this autumn was positive. Ideas for group activities were pooled and a report is to be published and feedback sent to each group. The Management Committee thanks all group convenors for their on-going work
  14. The AGM will be on May 7th. The London venue is to be confirmed.

As you can see, the committee continues to be active in working to support the growing network, its groups and its members. Thank you all for your continued involvement.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year.

John Churcher

From the Website

Interfaith Conference

The interfaith conference organised by the West Midlands group (see above) brings together liberal voices from the three Abrahamic faiths. The speakers are Salma Yaqoob, a Muslim who leads the ‘Respect Party’ and Dr Margaret Jacobi, who is Rabbi at the Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. The chair is Richard Tetlow, formerly vicar of Ladywood and now on the PCN committee. The conference takes place on Saturday 22nd January starting 1pm.

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/events/detail/reclaiming_a_radical_faith_for_the_21st_century_an_exploration_together/

PCN Britain Welcome Poster

PCN Britain has produced a new “Welcome to a Progressive Church” poster for display by churches which are open to progressive Christianity. The poster is available in A4 size for downloading from the web.

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/resources/detail/welcome_to_a_progressive_church_poster/ . Hard copies in A4 and larger sizes may be purchased from the PCN office. Please contact Andy Vivian for prices, andy.vivian@pcnbritain.org.uk .

PCN Britain Group Questionnaire

The PCN Group Census which, was sent out in September, received a response from only a third of groups. We’ve held it open in the hope to getting more. If your group has not completed it, copies are available on line.

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/resources/detail/pcn_britain_group_census_2010/

Spong’s visit to Glasgow

Bishop Jack Spong is to visit Glasgow during the first weekend of June 2011. He will be speaking at Cairns church in Milngavie on Thursday 2nd June and then at Orchardhill Church in Giffnock over Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th, ending with a sermon there on Sunday 5th June. Booking details for the Orchardhill part of the visit are now on line.

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/events/detail/a_new_christianity_for_a_new_world/

Membership Renewal

To renew your membership there will be a form going out with the December Newsletter. The form can also be downloaded from the website. 

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/resources/Affiliation_Form_2011.pdf

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Free e-seminar series

The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity...

Are you frustrated with how the mainstream media portray the science and religion issue?  It’s as if the only two games in town were science-rejecting creationism and faith-rejecting atheism. But for the millions of us in the middle who see no conflict between faith and reason, heart and head, Jesus and Darwin, we know that’s a false choice. Religious faith and practice can be positively strengthened by what God is revealing through science!
This is a Michael Dowd initiative.  Michael will be ‘working’ as the host and sounding board for the next two months, beginning 4th December 2010. The series will interview leading speakers [many well known to PCN Britain members] considered to be at the leading edge of a new spirituality.  Broadcasts can either be heard ‘live’ and on audio links after the event.
To register go to http://evolutionarychristianity.com/

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