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A progressive Christianity reading list

A progressive Christianity reading list

PCN Britain has resisted publishing a list of essential progressive Christian reading.  But our partner organisation in the USA has come up with one, and we are happy to pass it on

PCN Britain sometimes gets asked to suggest some book titles that a relative newcomer to progressive thinking might like to read.  So we were very interested when ProgressiveChristianity.org in America came up with just such a list recently.  We can recommend all these books.  Don’t expect them to coincide in their theology. (But then PCN members don’t all coincide in their theology either!).  There is a preponderance of American authors, but that might well be true of any list that we had prepared too.

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Charter for Compassion seeks new affirmations

Charter for Compassion seeks new affirmations

Charter for Compassion is asking for a million new affirmations to mark the Charter’s tenth anniversary in 2019.

The Charter for Compassion was first published in November 2009 and the organisation works towards creating a peaceful and sustainable way of living. If you feel that you can support the Charter for Compassion, either as an individual or as part of an organisation, then please consider affirming your support here.

To find out more about the Charter for Compassion please visit their website.

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Roger Ray speaks at St Albans, Malvern and Brighton

Roger Ray speaks at St Albans, Malvern and Brighton

This leading US progressive minister will be in the UK between 5th and 13th May

May 5th: St Albans day conference - Progressive Faith and Practice.  Session One:  What do progressive mean when we say ‘God’.  Session two: Worship in a post-modern society: What do we do when we gather as a Community?  Session three: Which Jesus do we hold dear?  

May 10th:  Malvern evnening meeting: Which Jesus do we hold dear?  

May 13th:  Brighton (Hove) day eventThinking Allowed: an insight into progressive christianity.  Dr Ray will be joined by Rev’d John Churcher, former PCN chair and a Methodist minister offering a radical voice from the edge.  In the morning each will preach in a local church and then in the afternoon there will be three sessions: 1. What do progressives mean when we say “God”?  2. Which Jesus do we hold dear?  3. What do we do when we gather as a community?  

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4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers

4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers

“What do I do when a teenager comes out to me? How do I respond in a way that’s helpful rather than creating additional problems?” One of the four contributors to this book is Gemma Dunning, a London based Baptist minister, who will be speaking at the book’s launch in Newport.

The church has a notorious record of making LGBTQ teenagers feel judged and isolated.  So this is a book that aims to equip church workers to adopt a better approach.  It is based on practical experiences.  

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Students polled on their belief in the resurrection

Students polled on their belief in the resurrection

A poll of students by the Student Christian Movement shows that the literal interpretation of that first Easter isn’t set in stone.

In the poll, 15% of participants admitted that they didn’t believe that Jesus returned to his body following the crucifixion, responding ‘I believe Jesus’ spirit is with us but I don’t believe he physically rose from the dead’ or ‘I really want to believe that Jesus rose from the dead but I struggle to get my head around it.’

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Roger Ray, well known progressive Christian pastor from Missouri, to visit Britain in May

Roger Ray, well known progressive Christian pastor from Missouri, to visit Britain in May

Dr Roger Ray is founder of the Community Christian Church of Springfield and heads The Emerging Church Facebook page.

Roger Ray is well worth listening to. His sermons are among the most downloaded progressive faith messages on the internet.  His UK tour runs from 5th - 13th May.  There are still has some vacant slot and the tour organiser, John Churcher, would like to hear from groups or churches that would like to ​host an event.

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The St Mark’s Centre for Radical Christianity needs a Curator/Researcher

The St Mark’s Centre for Radical Christianity needs a Curator/Researcher

This is a temporary part time contract working to create an online resource for people who share the outlook and values of St Marks CRC.

St Mark’s CRC wishes to develop its online presence by gathering together resources and materials in an on-line library.  The topics will cover spirituality, liturgy and theology.  Where there is a lack of material in line with CRC thinking, there will be opportunities to commission new material. 

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Can you help PCN Britain fulfil its potential?

Can you help PCN Britain fulfil its potential?

Nominations are being invited for the role of PCN trustee.  At least two places will be available on the committee.

Being a PCN trustee makes you part of the team which steers the life of PCN Britain.  The role is both stimulating and influential.  On the one hand you will be part of key discussions about the role of PCN and what it means to be progressive.​  At the same time you may bring a particular area of interest or expertise.   

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Bishop John Shelby Spong’s final book is out soon

Bishop John Shelby Spong’s final book is out soon

It is called Unbelievable - Why neither ancient creeds nor the reformation can produce a living faith today

Jack Spong has been a regular visitor to the UK and many of us have been to hear him speak.  He is a leading Bible scholar and episcopal bishop from New Jersey.  His new book is published in the UK on 13th February and is already available to pre-order.  The RRP for the hardback is £18.99 but you should be able to get it slightly cheaper.  

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