A Conference Notebook - Swanwick November 2013
Brian Wilson was one of over 150 people to attend this joint conference with Modern Church at the Hayes Centre, Swanwick, marking the 50th anniversary of John Robinson's book, Honest to God. This is his personal catalogue of 31 quotes he took away from the conference.
The meaning of Christmas
Michael Wright explains how the Christmas stories are still relevant to him, even though he no longer believes it happened like that.
Books for your Christmas list
Brian Wilson recommends four books for progressive Christians wanting to find new ways to present the person and teaching of Jesus.
On Armistice Day, John Churcher, vice chair of PCN Britain, ponders the nature of war.
Why faith and doubt are not opposites
"In Defence of Doubt" was the title of Dr Val Webb's 2013 tour of the UK. It is also the title of her best known book. In this excerpt from one of her talks she rejects the idea that faith and doubt are opposites.
The most hated book in the Bible
While agreeing that the progressive religious community is right to dissent from passages in Leviticus, Rabbi Maurice Harris make the case that there's 'a lot of baby in that bathwater' - a great deal of insight that enriches a progressive, pluralistic, humane, and loving approach to religion.
Why I am thankful for feminist theology
Australian theologian, Val Webb, recently completed a tour of the UK. The talks she gave can now be read, in an expanded version, in the Resources section of this website. In this excerpt she outlines the importance to her of feminist theology.
What is Nelson Mandela’s heroic quality?
Former PCN Trustee, Alison Morley, makes a link between Mandela, Tolstoy, Ghandi and other twentieth century heroes; their understanding that the world can be changed if we change ourselves
When mysteries are better than God narratives
This Reid Gower video, titled Beauty, features the words of the late Nobel physics prize winner, Richard Feynman. Feynman argues that the more we understand of our world, the harder it is to believe the narratives of traditional religion.
The changing meaning of sin
Richard Holdsworth looks at how the meaning of the word 'sin' changed when transferred from the Judaic tradition to Christianity.
What does it mean that Christ died for our sins?
Andrew Parker argues that the metaphor of being 'saved from sins', used by St Paul and St John was taken too literally by the Medieval church and in the process the political reality of Jesus' message was lost.
Dying to the Law: The Church That Dies
Katharine Sarah Moody on the idolatry of God. Having written earlier about the God who dies, Katharine here explores the fate of the church.
What unites us is central
Julian Wood thinks it is more important to celebrate what we share than to focus what divides us
Quick hymns at the PCN progressive liturgy weekend
Set the challenge of writing a hymn in twenty minutes, could we produce something both progressive and singable?
The God Who Dies
Katharine Sarah Moody writes about the fictitious projections in which we place our trust, including notions of God. She argues that Christianity has an insight which allows it to live with that.
In Defence of Doubt
Starting on 18th June, PCN Britain and the Open Christianity Network Ireland are sponsoring a tour of the United Kingdom by Dr. Val Webb, who will be speaking on the new edition of her book ‘In Defence of Doubt: an invitation to adventure’
Church of Scotland’s historic step towards inclusion
Blair Robertson, Convenor of Affirmation Scotland, gives his assessment of where gay and lesbian ministers in Civil Partnerships now stand in relation to appointments in the Church of Scotland.
The theology of Gretta Vosper
There is a common aim among progressive Christians to be followers of Jesus. But our understanding of divinity is a source of lively debate with a whole spectrum of beliefs and agnosticisms. Gretta Vosper has opened up a new strand in this debate. Michael Wright likes what she has to say.
Andrew Parker makes a case for the rejection of military might, taking his evidence from the Hebrew Bible.
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