Regular Discussion Meeting
- ST Peter's Church Room, Drayton
- Abingdon Group
This year’s reading party is at Bishop Woodford House in the delightful old Cathedral town of Ely, 15 miles from Cambridge and close to the Fens. As always, the programme gives time to enjoy as well as to relax.
The conference is from Monday September 9th-Thursday 12t.h and costs £255 ensuite. There are a small number of non-ensuite rooms at £235.
The conference will be led by Anne Lewitt, URC minister at Petworth, Pulborough and Billingsworth, and Free to Believe chair, Martin Camroux. |
The reading party offers a chance to think about the meaning of our lives from two different perspectives, both open-minded and critical and reflective, but one mostly no longer believing in God the other still believing.
The monthly meetings, on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 2.15 (membership currently of 17). September to December, a different member will introduce a book of their choice. We may then decide to explore one of them in depth, or continue next year hearing about other books, and when we are ready decide to explore one of them in depth together. SEPTEMBER 10. Looking in the Distance by Richard Holloway OCTOBER 8. Getting Involved with God - rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen Davies - looking at it from a feminist theologian's perspective. NOVEMBER 12. a book by Richard Rhor - an American radical Catholic Franciscan DECEMBER 10. The Lost Message of St. Paul by Steve Chalk, a radical American Baptist Minister.
Simon Culley of Inclusive Church is working with Pride in Gloucestershire to offer a multi-fath tent at the annual Pride event held in Gloucester Park.
#SheToo. A further exploration of the Bible Society podcasts regarding the oppression of and violence against women in the bible featuring the rape of Tamar, the Levite's concubine and the punishment of Jezebel.
Presentation on a topic to be announced
David Bidnell will speak and lead a discussion on "In Search of Truth - with the help of Narrative Parables in Luke".
How different religions have used flood myths.
Discussion of 'Making all things new' by Ilia Delio - Introduction & Chapter1
Subversive bible study
Five seminars exploring how an understanding of modern science might affect the way we pray.
"Sceptical Christianity" by Robert Reiss - chapters 8 & 9
Free Events in St Paul’s Cathedral
Explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century with some of today’s liveliest contemporary theologians, Christian thinkers and speakers.
Events are open to everyone, and all are welcome.
On The Splash of Words (2016), the poet Imtiaz Dharker said “Dipping in to this book, the spirit is cleansed in the sparkle of language”, and from Andrew Motion: “Mark Oakley has a strong sense of language as sacrament, a sharp eye for telling phrases and a warm heart with which to return echoes”.
we look forward to listening to what our speaker has to say
With the End in Mind - A local doctor and award-winning author, Kathryn wants us all to know more, and be less afraid, about dying. “It’s time to talk about dying. This is my way of promoting the conversation.” Following her talk, Kathryn will be in conversation with activist and blogger Laura Ashurst, who will also chair an open session for questions and comments. We aim to finish around 9.30.
Martin Camroux on "Radical God". This is his talk at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Some will remember that that he led a study day at Tavistock URC on "Religion is Dangerous" about 5 years ago.
Rev. Reiss will examine both historical and theological debates about what can be credibly believed about Jesus since the advent of biblical criticism from the nineteenth century onwards, considering especially some recent debates started by the publication of The Myth of God Incarnate. He is the author of Sceptical Christianity (2016) and is working on Death, Where is Your Sting? which he hopes will be published in 2020.
David Wood & Madeleine Cheadle will talk about how to make funeral services relevant to those whose churchgoing may have lapsed or who have no faith.
Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, will join us for a discussion on progressive Christianity and the initiatives being pursued by PCN Britain.
A talk by Martin Mowforth of Tavistock Peace Action Group on the theme of Central America. Further details to follow.
A day conference examining the themes of Bonhoeffer’s work and what it can say to us in today’s world.
"Sceptical Christianity" by Robert Reiss - chapters 10 & 11
Trevor Dennis on "The Bible can be funny". This is one of his talks at the 2018 Free to Believe Conference. Having been vice principal at Salisbury and Wells theological college and then cannon chancellor at Chester Cathedral, he is now retired but is well known for many books which make faith very accessible for the person in the street.
PCN Members’ Residential 2019 Is a Radical Church Possible? by current PCN chair Adrian Alker is the book we will use for our discussions at this year’s weekend residential
Jeffrey John will address the current struggle to allow same-sex marriage in the Church of England. He has been Dean of St Albans since 2004 . He was previously Vicar of Holy Trinity Eltham, Canon Chancellor and Theologian of Southwark Cathedral, and Director of Training in the Southwark Diocese. He has been partnered to Grant Holmes since 1976. In 2003 he was appointed Bishop of Reading but subsequently forced to withdraw. His books include The Meaning in the Miracles; Permanent Faithful Stable: Christian Same-Sex Marriage,; and Going for Growth. He co-authored This is Our Faith: A Popular Presentation of Anglican Belief..