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New PCN Britain group launches in Nottingham

New PCN Britain group launches in Nottingham Nottingham will once again have a PCN group.

PCN member Richard Eddleston has organised a meeting to launch the group. The initial meeting will be at the Friends Meeting House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5JD on Monday 14th November at 2.00 pm

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Fourth Common Dreams Conference, Brisbane, Australia, September 2016

Fourth Common Dreams Conference, Brisbane, Australia, September 2016 The conference title was Progressive Spirituality – New Directions.  PCN Britain’s chair, Adrian Alker, was invited to represent PCN at this triennial gathering of progressives from the South Pacific region. 

As well as a report on the conference from Adrian, this article contains links to audio recordings and transcripts of all the speakers.

Adrian Alker writes: Church attendance is rather higher in Australia than it is in the UK.  A higher percentage of students are educated in Christian schools, colleges and universities.  As in the US, it is not unusual to find Australian churches with well resourced social programmes.

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The Brian McLaren Tour October 7th - 15th 2016

The Brian McLaren Tour October 7th - 15th 2016 A retrospective view

Brian McLaren is recognised around the world as a leading author and pastor from the post Evangelical, Emerging Church and Progressive wing of Christianity.  The tour was organised by PCN Britain in conjunction with his publisher, Hodder and Stoughton.  It coincided with the UK publication of McLaren’s latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration, in which he argues that it is time for Christian churches to stop defending their doctrinal strongholds and to start promoting the way of compassion taught by Jesus.

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Radio Four Reith lecture gives a progressive view of religion

Radio Four Reith lecture gives a progressive view of religion Scriptures are not as immutable as believers seem to think, says Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah in his first Reith lecture.

This lecture, delivered today at the LSE in London, seemed to be making three points. 

1.  Religious identity is based less around scripture than believers commonly claim.  Religious groups are equally if not more defined by their practices and their community.  It is frequently the case that these customary and community influences are the drivers of belief.

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