A Big Conversation in Birmingham
Andy Long, convenor of the PCN Cardiff group, comments on his first PCN Britain AGM.
Last weekend I enjoyed a train trip up to Birmingham to attend the AGM of the Progressive Christianity Network. It’s the first time I had been to this event and didn’t really know what to expect, apart from previous experiences of other AGMs leaning towards the tedious...
In fact this was a very enjoyable afternoon. 65 people in attendance with a chance to make some new friends over lunch before starting the proceedings. The business part of the meeting took place first: Election of officers, finances, reports etc. Once that was all out of the way we split into sub groups to discuss a variety of subjects and I found myself in a small group discussing how PCN members can make better use of social media platforms. As an avid tweeter this was home ground for me, but a couple of our other members were quite new to the whole concept.
The whole group reconvened for a plenary session to discuss issues raised by the various groups and it was a good opportunity to hear from a broad selection of the members.
It was great to meet Adrian Alker at last. I picked up a copy of his book ‘Is A Radical Church Possible‘ and added it to my already too large pile of books to be read. I’ll get round to it. Adrian also expressed an interest in coming to address our PCN group at Cardiff so we’ll be fixing up a date soon.
I brought home a box of resources for our group. PCN have recently released a set of four leaflets to be given to friends or used in churches. These are titled ‘An Introduction to the PCN Groups Network’, ‘An Introduction To Our Eight Points’, ‘Helping Churches To Share A Progressive Faith’ and ‘Helping You To Live A Progressive Christian Faith’. These are an excellent little series of leaflets, I’ll be distributing them to our group, if you’d like a set please get in touch with the PCN office.
I’ve been grateful for the friends at PCN over the last twelve months or so and look forward to future events. Next major conference is with Robin Meyers in Bristol on May 13th. Details here.
You can read more of Andy's blogs on his own website
Image: Adrian Alker, chair of PCN Britain, facilitating The Big Conversation. You can read Adrian's initial reflections on the day in this News article.
Photo by Maria Grace