PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

Our 14th AGM last Saturday saw the launch of a new set of leaflets providing an up to date reflection of PCN’s work and what we stand…...

Commending the leaflets to the assembled members, PCN chair, Adrian Alker, encouraged us all to do our best to spread the leaflets about.  Large stocks have been printed and up to 50 of each can be ordered free of charge in the PCN online shop, (see links below). 

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Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invited the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the…...

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

In a letter published in the Church Times on 3rd February, Adrian Alker says that he is “ashamed of the continuing hypocrisy of an institution…...

​Published in Church Times on 3rd February 2017 Adrian Alker wrote:

Despite two years of shared conversations across the dioceses, the bishops of the Church of England in this latest report on marriage and same sex relationships have underscored again how a conservative and evangelical hierarchy can so effectively dig in its heels, reproducing the same set of arguments which have been rehearsed many times. Although the report acknowledges the ‘contested tradition’ of Anglicanism, it is clear that ‘faithfulness to God’s word’ is seen to be understood as lying within the evangelical position. For ‘others’ the imperative to read scripture differently, stems from a ‘parallel conviction’, left unspecified!

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Video producer seeks progressive Christian

Video producer seeks progressive Christian

A well known beer company is producing a video about the human diversity in the UK....

We get some strange requests here at the PCN office but this is one of the most unusual.  It seems that the fault lines to emerge from the Brexit vote of 2016 has prompted a well known beer company to commission a film about what makes people in 21st century Britain tick, reflecting, they hope, the rich diversity within these isles.

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Cheaper delivery on Australian books

Cheaper delivery on Australian books

Australian religious publisher, Morning Star Publishing, has concluded an agreement for its titles to be printed in the UK...

Several Australian religious authors publish under the Morning Star banner.  These include progressives, Greg Jenks and Rex Hunt.  (Rex led two events in the UK tour last year).  Their books may be purchased via the usual Morning Star Publishing website but at a lower postage rate since the books will be now produced in the UK.

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Three viewpoints for Interfaith Week

Three viewpoints for Interfaith Week

Sunday sees the start of Interfaith Week 2016.  As part of its contribution, PCN has asked three of our members to write about their experiences…...

The three blogs will appear over the next week.  The contributors are

13th November:  Alan Race from south London who has written books about Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Pluralism.  He will argue that religious diversity could be seen as ‘the will of God’ and that by dialogue with the other, we are better able to be ourselves.​

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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…...

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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