Group Profile

Contact Details

Convenor: Cliff Marshall
Location: Abingdon
Phone: 01235 530480

About Us

The Abingdon PCN group, continues to meet monthly at 7.30 pm on the first Tuesday of most months. Meetings are held in church rooms with an attendance of between 12 and 20. Our wide publicity of our meetings is beginning to prompt questions about just what being a progressive Christian might mean and this is something we intend to continue to explore as we grow in numbers We have completed the Living the Questions 2. study course and First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God DVD-based materials featuring Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. We held a successful conference in Abingdon in October 2013 led by Adrian Alker and entitled, 'Let's Be Honest', which stimulated us to consider how we can be honest in our approach to Jesus, to the Church and to God as we develop our group and its activities locally. In 2017 we hosted a well attended visit from Australian theologian, Dr Val Webb. In 2018 we enjoyed a challenging visit from Dave Tomlinson talking about his book, 'Black Sheep and Prodigals: an antidote to black and white religion'. The next speaker in 2019, in what has become an annual event, was Keith Ward on the theme of his book, 'Love is His meaning'. Currently the group is concerned to examine positive insights for progressive Christianity and the role of PCN nationally and locally looking to the future.

Venue & Meeting Times

We always meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm, with some meetings in the winter months held at 2.30pm.. Details of the venue and time will be given on the event entry on the Group webpage or available from Cliff Marshall.

Group History

The Abingdon PCN group emerged from early meetings of an Oxford and Abingdon group. Andy Vivian enabled PCN members in the Oxford area to get in touch and it soon became clear that there was sufficient interest in Abingdon and its neighbouring villages for an Abingdon based group to form. After early meetings held in homes, the group now meets in local church premises and publicises its meetings to the whole Church in Abingdon ecumenical partnership.

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