PCN Newsletter 30th April 2020

PCN Newsletter 30th April 2020

In the sixth newsletter we hear from Sandra Griffiths and share online resources.

There are times when the ground around my house looks more like a mini-meadow than a garden. And that’s the way I prefer it, especially at the moment. After positioning my chair outside with the optimum view of the panoply of colour and texture in front of me, I can start to appreciate the scene. Before long a verse from my favourite poem comes to mind, along with the realisation that nobody has ever set eyes on the combination of details from exactly the same angle in exactly the same light conditions as I am doing. What a privilege! I fell in love with Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard at school.

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PCN Newsletter 23rd April 2020

PCN Newsletter 23rd April 2020

In the fifth of our weekly newsletters we ask 'what next?'

I want to start this week with an apology; firstly, to Nigel Jones and secondly, to many of our members. It was evident from the contents of my inbox that I had not made it sufficiently clear that Nigel’s thoughts, included in last week’s newsletter, related to an excursion prior to the lockdown instruction. This has not only made people think badly of Nigel through no fault of his own, but it has also caused genuine upset to some PCN members.

Sarah, PCN Administrator

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If you want to find God buy yourself a rose, says an old Chinese parable.

If you want to find God buy yourself a rose, says an old Chinese parable.

Being vague is a whole way of life. I would form a society to promote this idea but we already have Anglicanism.

Reflections of a retired prison chaplain

Christians talk of heaven but realists know better, for such talk, as my grandfather used to say, is “nothing but kidology.” I shared a bedroom with my grandfather as a child and this same grandfather used to say to me on a hot summer’s night, “You and me shouldn’t be in here lad, on a night like this, we should be laid beneath the stars.” At the time I didn’t know what he was on about, as he was getting on for 80 and for life in me, I couldn’t imagine him every doing that kind of thing.

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PCN Newsletter 9th April 2020

PCN Newsletter 9th April 2020

The third of the weekly newsletters looks at Easter.

Easter Day and Easter week approaches and I look out of my study window across the road to the church opposite, with its doors firmly shut. The priest will soon be putting up the usual reminder to passers-by that this is the season of hope and new life, an empty wooden cross will be draped with a white cloth. Meanwhile folk walk up
the road, some wearing protective masks, families on the way to the park, children with only mum or dad to play with. No Easter outing for them. The buses are empty of passengers, pedestrians carefully avoid each other. It certainly doesn’t feel like the season of resurrection.

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May your God go with you

May your God go with you

Dave Allen (TV: 1960s-1990s) was a professed atheist, but he invariably ended his show with the words ‘May your God go with you.’

The Irish television presenter, Dave Allen (TV: 1960s-1990s) was a professed atheist, but he invariably ended his show with the words ‘May your God go with you.’

Dave Allen’s words conveyed an important truth: that ordinary people often think deeply about their faith. They believe what they believe, and like Dave Allen, not always what they are told to believe: for example, that the Holy Bible is the revealed word of God.

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Progressing towards a fully inclusive church?  - Adrian Alker

Progressing towards a fully inclusive church?  - Adrian Alker

‘We are people who…. seek to build communities that accept all who wish to share companionship without insisting on conformity.’

PCN Britain has from its outset sought to promote a fully inclusive understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a member of the Christian Church. The fifth of our eight points states: ‘We are people who…. seek to build communities that accept all who wish to share companionship without insisting on conformity.’ These eight points have been revised since the earliest adoption of them from our sister USA organisation and I rather preferred the much more specific referencing to inclusion which was there in the original fourth point, which read:

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“poorer fifth of society, .. most at risk when an epidemic strikes” Clifford Longley, The Tablet

“poorer fifth of society, .. most at risk when an epidemic strikes” Clifford Longley, The Tablet

Covid 19 exposes the fundamental moral weaknesses in the way modern society functions

In the public debate about the coronavirus pandemic…it is being pointed out that this deadly germ seems to have the peculiar ability to expose the fundamental moral weaknesses in the way modern society functions. And to indicate the way that these weaknesses ought to be dealt with; indeed, to recall society to higher moral standards and a change of values.

For instance, to abandon the worship of Mammon, which lies at the heart of contemporary capitalism. Mammon worship is known there as maximisation of shareholder value, both by dividends and by share price, and it has become the obsessive preoccupation of the entire finance industry.

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PCN Newsletter 2nd April 2020

PCN Newsletter 2nd April 2020

This is the second of the weekly newsletters from PCN Britain.

At times of stress and anxiety, when there seems to be a multiplicity of voices offering advice, warning or explanation, I find a great deal of solace and inspiration in poetry and I know many other people do too. Recently there has been a poem read each morning on Radio 4’s Today programme and various initiatives have arisen for sharing poems on line.

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