New progressive Christian discussion group launches in County Durham

New progressive Christian discussion group launches in County Durham Halfway between Darlington and Barnard Castle and just 10 minutes from the A1, this new group starts meeting next week in the village of Gainford

The new group in Gainford is being launched on Tuesday 2nd February by Neil Russell, a retired priest and former Honorary Canon of Lincoln.   It arises out of interest expressed by non Christians in the village as well as local church members.  The group is to be called QF (Questions of faith) and will introduce members to progressive theology, with the help of DVDs and speakers.  The first meeting is at 4, The Padocks, Gainford, DL2 3GA and starts at 7.30pm.

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Inclusive words need to be matched with inclusive actions

Inclusive words need to be matched with inclusive actions In a letter to the Church Times, the leaders of Inclusive Church, Modern Church and PCN Britain are calling on the Bishops of the Church of England to be proactive in reaching out to the LGBTI community.

Dear Sir,

In the statement following their meeting, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have expressed their profound sorrow for the deep hurt caused within the Church towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation and they affirm that God’s love for every human being is the same regardless of their sexuality….

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Marianne Borg to speak at the Diana Butler Bass conference

Many of you have already booked for the special one day event on May 14th at the Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham in honour of Marcus Borg, when our guest speaker is Diana Butler Bass, but we are also to be honoured by the presence of Marianne Borg, Marcus’s widow.

Marianne, an Episcopalian priest is setting up a foundation to continue the work of Marcus and she would like to come to the UK and meet many of us who have been influenced and inspired by Marcus’s writings.

This is a great honour to have her present and she will also be speaking about her hopes for the foundation. Marianne and Diana are clearly close friends and it is Diana who has let me know of Marianne’s intentions. Marianne will be travelling over 4,800 miles to meet us. I hope you might be able to make the rather shorter journey to Birmingham on that day, so that together we can offer not only our condolences but also our gratitude to Marianne for all that Marcus was and said and wrote.

Tickets for the event are available in the PCN Britain shop. Finding God in the World - A Spiritual Revolution


Gay Anglicans and the Primates’ Meeting

Gay Anglicans and the Primates’ Meeting You are invited to sign retrospectively the open letter which was sent last week by 105 senior Anglicans to the English Archbishops urging them to take the lead in trying to end the second class treatment given to gay Christians.

You can add your name retrospectively to the list of signatories to the Open Letter by going to the special website set up for this purpose.  (Putting your name in the comment section below will not achieve this purpose.)

This is the text of the letter with the original 105 signatories

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New PCN group launches in West Sussex

New PCN group launches in West Sussex The first meeting will be in February 2016 in The Chapel at Billingshurst

Thursday February 4th sees the start of a second PCN group in West Sussex.  The Billingshurst group will meet on the first Thursday of every month in ‘The Chapel at Billingshurst’ at 8pm.

At their inaugural meeting the group will discuss PCN’s Eight Points, newly revised in 2015, and also look at different approaches to meditation.  The meeting will endeavour draft out plans for future meetings depending on the interests of those present.  The convenor, Stuart Coupe, says the group is open to all.

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