Good Friday to Pentecost - A Cycle of Interpretive Stories Many Christians today struggle with the big supernatural stories of the resurrection of Jesus, the ascension into heaven and the…
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…
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…
(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…
Some of the slides used in the PowerPoint for "Is there life after church?"
The diagram John used in his talk at Billingham Forum on 5th February 2019.
A comparison of two models of faith development - James Fowler and John Westerhoff. This needs A3 paper to be readable.
A comparison of two models of faith development - James Fowler and M Scott Peck.
Adapted from 'The Critical Journey' by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich
Andrew Pritchard asks, "What is the link between faith development and the stream of people who leave the church?"
Alan Jamieson asks, "What makes people stop attending church and what happens to their faith after they have left?"
Some people explain their own reasons for leaving church.
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 look back on their journey since leaving their church 15 years ago.
Emma interviewed her daughter over the phone in February 2019.
This is the summary of the topic for 21st May and associated questions.
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 https://archive.org/details/DietrichBonhoefferLettersFromPrison. …
To be read in preparation for 8th January meeting 2018
To be read as preparation for 8th January 2018 meeting
A series of posts from Richard Beck on Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison"
Supporting documentation on our session on ACTS
Article written by Sue Goddard for St Andrews Church magazine Rugby
The talk Val Webb delivered when she visited Truro on Sunday 14th May
Article by Dr Peter Selby about affect of Church policy on gay clergy.
Top story in PDF about the tragic story about Lizzie Lowe and her churchs' response and move to inclusiveness.
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…
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,
summary of Marcus Borg's take on this well known, and often mis-used verse.
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…
A lasting contribution to Christian Theology.
Further work on the Book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation - Authorship and Form.
Introduction to Apocalyptic literature.
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
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 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…
To see the 59 min video don't click on 'Download file', but on the link below. Australian theologian, Val Webb, completed a tour of the UK in April of 2015…
Marcus Borg's take on "sin" - as used at one of our recent meetings. This is a summary of the essence of the chapter
A list of books which may be helpful in considering this topic. Plus a link to a You Tube video of Alan Watts which members recommended.
Various documents produced by Rex as part of his talk, including the audience hand-out.
This is our flyer with details of who we are and what we stand for.
Some thoughts about prayer by a retired Anglican Priest.
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.
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…
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…
Summary of this chapter in Marcus's book
Maureen's notes on the group meeting in The heart of Christianity series that discussed 'The Heart of Justice'
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.
This is an attempt to trace the development of the understanding of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and in the writings of St. Paul.
Notes from a Group Meeting addressed by Rev Dr John Sutcliffe
A Meditation for Progressive Christians written by Fr. Bruce Petfield, a member of the Cornflakes Theology Group.
Poster giving details of the 10th May meeting
Eric Massey meeting notes from the group meeting - 1 March 2014
This is an example from Frank Godfrey of a new parable for today
Account of meeting held Feb 2014
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.
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: http://www.stockportfreechristians.org.uk/ NOTE…
The directory from Faith in Community Dundee - will be updated with other projects and more are being identified. Was part of a discussion late in 2013
Detailed discussion notes from Hugh that set out some key questions supported by extensive reading.
Notes provided for the discussion in March, 2013
Readings given by different faith leaders a the annual gathering of Faith in Community Dundee - June, 2013
A pre-Christmas offering based on Eric Massey's thoughts for a Group Meeting
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…
A report by David Wood of his experiences (along with Elizabeth Howl and Dorothy Haughton) at the PCN Conference in Swanwick (8 - 10 November, 2013). Also included is a…
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…
Each of the group wrote a piece on Forgiveness before the session, which we then discussed.
We used this document as background reading before our June session on 'Silence'
We used these in our June 2013 session on 'Silence'
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…
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.
The Statement of Beliefs from 17 members of the Manor House Dialogue Group as presented at the May Group Meeting
Drawn from Marcus Borg - "Speaking Christian". Topic from March 2013 meeting.
Frank Godfrey wrote to the Methodist Recorder. This is how the article featured when published recently
Frank Godfrey’s Review as presented to the 2nd February meeting of the Gloucestershire Group
'Honest to God' 2 Outline as presented to the 2nd February Group Meeting
Frank Godfrey's Review as presented to the 5th January meeting of the Gloucestershire Group
'Honest to God' Outline as presented to the 5th January Group Meeting
Thoughts on Christmas from Val Webb, an Australian theologian.
Greg Jenks article on Advent seemed particularly relevant....
DVD-based study materials with accompanying study notes
Summary of Borg's presentation
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…
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…
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.
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…