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But what do you actually believe?

But what do you actually believe?

When people make enquiries of PCN Britain they sometimes bring a credal yarstick by which they seek to measure us.  Adrian Alker, the PCN chair, often gets called on to provide a reply.

When people ask us what PCN Britain stands for, we usually suggest they read our eight points, which are symbolised in our logo by the by the eight pointed star.  Or else we refer them to our set of four leaflets which expand on some of the themes raised in the eight points.  But sometimes enquirers are still not satisfied…..

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Fit for Phones - why this website looks different

Fit for Phones - why this website looks different

We have redesigned the site so that it’s easier to use on mobile phones and tablets.  Let us know what you think.

You may have noticed that most of the pages on this website now have a different feel.  The motive behind these changes is to make the website easier to use on mobile phones and tablets.  We had noticed a steady increase in visitors accessing the website using a phone or tablet and we decided it was time we show that we want them to have the best browsing experience possible…

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Progressing Spirit: Explorations on Theology, Spirituality and the News

Progressing Spirit: Explorations on Theology, Spirituality and the News

Our US partner, ProgressiveChristianity.org, is seeking to create an international society dedicated to the work and theology of Bishop John Spong

For 16 years Jack Spong published a weekly essay - developing themes around the theology and practice of progressive Christianity.  He is no longer able to sustain this level of work following his stroke last year.  However, the series continues and has grown in its ambition…  

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Supporting Refugees in the UK - Part 3

Supporting Refugees in the UK - Part 3

This series has so far been about helping refugees who come to the UK under their own steam.  Today Andy Vivian reports on the Government’s official Syrian refugee resettlement programme and how this opens a new avenue for volunteer involvement - as sponsors of incoming refugees.

You may have read about the government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.  This is the programme, initiated by David Cameron, to take 20,000 refugees by 2020, direct from refugee camps in the war torn region…

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Supporting refugees in the UK, Part 2

Supporting refugees in the UK, Part 2

How easy is it for individuals to provide hospitality and a welcome to refugees coming to Britain?  In the second of three articles Andy Vivian focusses on how to go about volunteering with refugees once they have been settled in your part of Britain.

After a refugee has gained their official status, they will still need assistance to find a permanent home and a guiding hand to help them settle in this country.   To this end there are many organisations which support refugees and most of them have a role for volunteers…

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Supporting refugees in the UK, Part 1

Supporting refugees in the UK, Part 1

How easy is it for individuals to provide hospitality and a welcome to refugees coming to Britain?  Over three articles, Andy Vivian takes a look at some of the opportunities available.  In the first he looks at providing a room for a refugee.

In the UK, asylum seekers who reach our shores usually have their housing provided by the state while they are claiming asylum.  New arrivals are put into hostels in London for a few days and then moved to Home Office accommodation around the country….

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Progressive Christianity and the General Election

Progressive Christianity and the General Election

A recent survey of the PCN membership asked members to name three aspirations or pledges which they would like to see in any manifesto.

There has been much talk of the Prime Minister Theresa May’s upbringing as the daughter of a vicar. Politicians and pundits refer to ‘Christian values’ and often depict the older generation of churchgoers as being inherently conservative. But a survey of the 700 members of the Progressive Christianity Network in Britain reveals a very different story….

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2nd Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture given by Robin Meyers

2nd Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture given by Robin Meyers

Meyers critiques the ‘empire’ nature of the US government and suggests that quantum physics provides a new paradigm for God.

Around a hundred people attended the second Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture on 13th May, held in Bristol, at St Stephen’s Church.  Robin Meyers, an American theologian and pastor, is best known in the UK for his three latest books,

  • Saving Jesus form the Church,
  • The Underground Church – reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus
  • Spiritual Defiance – building a beloved community of resistance.

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PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

Our 14th AGM last Saturday saw the launch of a new set of leaflets providing an up to date reflection of PCN’s work and what we stand for. 

Commending the leaflets to the assembled members, PCN chair, Adrian Alker, encouraged us all to do our best to spread the leaflets about.  Large stocks have been printed and up to 50 of each can be ordered free of charge in the PCN online shop, (see links below). 

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Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invited the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the See because of his opposition to women’s ordination.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

In a letter published in the Church Times on 3rd February, Adrian Alker says that he is “ashamed of the continuing hypocrisy of an institution loyally staffed by many gay and lesbian clergy” and that the hardening of heart against those in same sex relationships will further damage the Church of England.

​Published in Church Times on 3rd February 2017 Adrian Alker wrote:

Despite two years of shared conversations across the dioceses, the bishops of the Church of England in this latest report on marriage and same sex relationships have underscored again how a conservative and evangelical hierarchy can so effectively dig in its heels, reproducing the same set of arguments which have been rehearsed many times. Although the report acknowledges the ‘contested tradition’ of Anglicanism, it is clear that ‘faithfulness to God’s word’ is seen to be understood as lying within the evangelical position. For ‘others’ the imperative to read scripture differently, stems from a ‘parallel conviction’, left unspecified!

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