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Mystics of the Christian tradition

Mystics of the Christian tradition Karl Rahner, the German Jesuit priest and famous theologian, who died in 1984, suggested: ‘The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he…

The Radical Jesus for Today

This article is linked to a talk that will be given in April 2021 by Rev'd John Churcher to the Gloucestershire PCN group. John argues that we cannot know the…

How Faith Changes - full report

(from the executive summary): How Does Millennial Faith Change? Religious decline in the UK. It is well documented and particularly acute amongst the young. North East England reflects this national…

Handout - Slides

Some of the slides used in the PowerPoint for "Is there life after church?"

Fowler and Westerhoff A3

A comparison of two models of faith development - James Fowler and John Westerhoff. This needs A3 paper to be readable.

The Stages of Belief

A comparison of two models of faith development - James Fowler and M Scott Peck.

The Wall

Adapted from 'The Critical Journey' by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich

Andy and Emma 1

Andy and Emma (not their real names) were active members of a lively church until they chose to leave in 2003. This is their story, given in answer to a…

Andy and Emma 2

Andy and Emma look back on their journey since leaving their church 15 years ago.

Bonhoeffer's Theological Letters and Papers

Extracts from 'Letters and Papers from Prison.' Portions in bold type are referred to in 'Letters from Cell 92.' The full text is available online at …

Letters from Cell 92

A series of posts from Richard Beck on Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison"

Faith as Journey

Article written by Sue Goddard for St Andrews Church magazine Rugby

The Authority of the Four Gospels - John Sutcliffe

At the November 5th meeting of the Gloucestershire PCN Group, John Sutcliffe considered different aspects of the 4 Gospels and the relationship with society at the time they were written…

Borg - Speaking Christian. The Only way.

Chapter 17 from Borg's book - a summary of his ideas on Christian exclusivism. I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except by me,

Newbury virtual library booklist

Our group has put together a booklist of books we all have access to or own, so we can look up a book we might like to read and ask…

Apocalyptic - 'Extra Time'

The book of Daniel and 'The Son of Man'. The second session of a Lent Course in 'Cornflakes Theology.'


Notes on the Group Meeting on the 6th February 2016 to discuss Fundamentalism

Morning Prayer (freshly envisaged)

I was taking out all mention of God and gender while trying to retain some of the pattern and rhythm of the original. I see this kind of prayer as…

Exploring Worship: Why and How

EXPLORING WORSHIP: WHY AND HOW Saturday 5 March, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm St John's and St Peter's Church, Ladywood (Ladywood ARC) Darnley Road, Birmingham B16 8TF Day conference…

Rex Hunt meeting - Sept 2015

Various documents produced by Rex as part of his talk, including the audience hand-out.


Some thoughts about prayer by a retired Anglican Priest.

Visit of Sybil and Jerry McAleese

Jerry and Sybil last visited us 5 years ago so this was an update of their faith journey. They came to the Gloucestershire PCN June meeting.

Readings in the Jewish Year

This table shows the progress of the Jewish year, some of the festivals celebrated and the readings associated with those periods. It compliments the table of topics found in the…

Topics for Pentecost - The Sermon on the Mount

This resource is a table showing the relationship between parts of the Jewish year and the topics contained within the gospel according to Matthew, chapters five to eight, and is…

Christmas Break

Some thoughts about the message of Christmas, written by Nigel Jones. This was published in the recent edition of the Pcn Britain magazine Progressive Voices.


A Meditation for Progressive Christians written by Fr. Bruce Petfield, a member of the Cornflakes Theology Group.

Beyond Forgiving

Poster giving details of the 10th May meeting

The Language of Faith

Eric Massey meeting notes from the group meeting - 1 March 2014

A New Parable

This is an example from Frank Godfrey of a new parable for today


Account of meeting held Feb 2014

Report on group discussion of Eight Points

Summary of the meeting on 22nd Jan 2014 when we looked at the present UK version of the Eight points in comparison with that of the American sister organisation.



New Liberal Christian group in Stockport area

A new group has started locally offering a monthly worship environment for people who may not have access to a congregation with a liberal outlook. Details on website: NOTE…


Incarnation When my daughter was born I sat back on the pillows and looked. I didn’t touch, I didn’t speak. I didn’t want to touch or speak. This child was…


There are places we may never see, Where fields and streams and fallen tree, Mark the ground where young men fell Remembered now by poppies red , the paths they…

Silence Quotes

We used these in our June 2013 session on 'Silence'

Beyond Forgiving

This article by Howard Grace, on the new documentary film about the profound experience of Letlapa Mphahlele and Ginn Fourie appeared in Progressive Voices, Issue 5 June 2013. As commander…

How to Register with the PCN Birmingham Group

This check list describes how members of the PCN Birmingham group can register their personal details, of course to share only with other registered members.

Honest to God 2: Criticism

Frank Godfrey’s Review as presented to the 2nd February meeting of the Gloucestershire Group

Honest to God 2 : Outline

'Honest to God' 2 Outline as presented to the 2nd February Group Meeting

Honest to God 1: Outline

'Honest to God' Outline as presented to the 5th January Group Meeting

Allowing doubt

Thoughts on Christmas from Val Webb, an Australian theologian.

Thoughts on Advent

Greg Jenks article on Advent seemed particularly relevant....

Launch of the PCN Britain new initiative for churches

On Saturday 15th September PCN held a conference, “A Jesus shaped church, Christian shaped lives” led by Adrian Alker. During this event we handed out new leaflets designed for members…

Towards a progressive communion

Progressive liturgy is in fact many genres not one. At one level it may simply reflect traditional theology but substituting inclusive terminology for words such as Father. At another level…

What do we mean by 'progressive'?

Our group convenor Frank Godfrey penned these paragraphs over two separate occasions. They are informed by our group discussion and also by Frank's own understanding.

Personal Credo by James

The group spent one session listing to each member's personal statement of belief. We were asked to come up with statements we felt we could make with the most integrity…