New PCN Group launches in East Shropshire

People living in the West Midlands will soon have more choice when looking for local group of progressive Christians

The seeds of this group were sown when John Churcher gave a talk to the local C of E Deanery Synod in July of last year, followed next day by a workshop. For some people these occasions provided a wonderful freedom to be able to ask questions which they had been nervous of asking before, for others the new thinking was challenging. There was uncertainty as to how to take things forward but ultimately it was the new vicar who suggested the formation of a local group of PCN.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THIS NEW GROUP will take place on Monday, 18 July 2011 at 7.00p.m. for 7.30 in St Chad’s Church, Boningale, WV7 3BY.  Boningale is a tiny village near to Albrighton on the Eastern boundary of Shropshire and the origins of the church go back to Norman times.

Anyone interested in exploring progressive Christianity will be welcome at the meeting, you do not have to be a member of PCN.  Don’t be worried about having to “make a contribution”, you may just like to enjoy the fellowship of others in a quiet, country church. It would be helpful, but not absolutely necessary, if anyone wishing to come could contact David Cotterell. The present intention is that the group should meet monthly but this will be for the group to decide.

David Cotterell’s contact details are at http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/locations/groups/east_shropshire/

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Chair’s news update

This email went out to PCN Britain members at the beginning of May 2011

Chair’s update

Further to my email update at the end of March I now bring you other items from the March Management Committee Meeting.  The Management Committee is grateful to those who have sent in contributions for the progressive Christian liturgy project.  The Liturgy subcommittee has decided to work on some guidelines for contributors to make sure that we stay within the copyright laws.  We’ve discovered that a wholesale quote is easy to attribute but it is more difficult when contributors ‘borrow’ lines from different sources and mix them with their own!

PCN Britain is looking for places to meet for its future committee meetings in London and elsewhere. Locations will be determined by the geographic spread of elected members of the new Management Committee.  Please let me [or any Management Committee member] have your thoughts concerning accessible and affordable venues for a daytime meeting in places such as London, Leeds and Birmingham.  A similar request is made concerning a venue for the annual Management Committee 24 hour residential.

As you know PCN Britain is working to update the list of churches which welcome progressive Christians into their congregation.  So far two new churches have come forward.  In our July committee we have agreed to discuss how PCN serves the churches and how our relationship with them might develop.  Thoughts welcome.

PCN is aiming to link with other organisations for a joint presentation at this year’s Greenbelt festival.  The new Young People’s subcommittee, led by Sonya Brown is also working on a programme of making new contacts.  University chaplains are likely to be high on the list.  Contact sonya.brown@pcnbritain.org.uk if you think you could help.

Finally, as this is the year when we carry out our three-year strategy review, I will be working with three of our newer committee members, Angela Smith, Paul Onslow and Richard Tetlow, to put together the consultation form that will go out to members with the September newsletter.  In the meantime here’s a challenge to all our members: can you write a short pithy three lines (max) that encapsulates what PCN Britain is about?  I look forward to reading your ideas.  Send them to me john.churcher@pcnbritain.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support of the work of PCN Britain. It is good to belong to a community of active, open and progressive Christians.

John Churcher

From the website

NEW TICKET PRICES FOR SPONG IN GLASGOW

Separate tickets are now available for the Friday and Saturday sessions of the weekend conference with Bishop Jack Spong, so you no longer have to sign up for the whole conference.  Like the Thursday evening lecture at Cairns Church, the Friday evening lecture at Orchardhill is available at a cost of £10 to all participants.  The three Saturday lectures plus a buffet lunch are available at a cost of £21 to members, (non-members £25).  A student ticket covering both Friday and Saturday is available at £20, which is a £15 reduction and includes a free meal!  Full details of the four days, 2 – 5th June, are available through the following links. 
Thursday 2nd June: http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/events/detail/the_new_testament_where_does_fact_stop_and_myth_begin/ 
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June: http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/events/detail/a_new_christianity_for_a_new_world/

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