January
New PCN group launches in St Albans

New PCN group launches in St Albans

The chair of PCN Britain, John Churcher, was the guest speaker at the launch of the fifty-fifth group in the PCN network of affiliated groups.

32 people attended the launch which took place at Trinity URC church in St Albans. John Churcher spoke about John Robinson's book, Honest to God, published in 1963, and the state of Christianity fifty years on. The discussion groups which followed were described at animated. The convenor of the St Albans group is Leonora Jagessar. leonora.jagessar@pcnbritain.org.uk More about the St Alban's group. A map to help you find a group near you.

Being Honest to God

Being Honest to God

A conference celebrating 50 years of "Honest to God". Jointly sponsored by Modern Church and the Progressive Christianity Network Britain. Tickets now available

The book by Bishop John Robinson that caused a furore in 1963 is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The bishop knew it would be heavily criticised, but thought in time it would seem he had not been radical enough. Her wrote in the preface of the first edition:

'What I have tried to say, in a tentative and exploratory way, may seem to be radical, and doubtless to many heretical. The one thing of which I am fairly sure is that, in retrospect, it will be seen to have erred in not being nearly radical enough'.

Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Transcendent Vocation: Why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Sarah Maxwell's book is a tribute to the sticking power of gay clergy in the Church of England, as they face continued hypocrisy and negativity from their employers.

This book is based on interviews with gay clergy within the Church of England, who speak of their beliefs and their experiences at the hands of the church authorities. Further data comes from interviews with non-gay clergy, now retired, who have witnessed the years from 1967 – 2007 in which the secular world has given gay people so many more equal rights. The author concludes that the Church of England has shown ever growing subterfuge in its attempt to maintain the unequal treatment of gay priests. At the same time she discovers a remarkable devotion from gay clergy who put up with all manner of discrimination in order to fulfil their vocation.
Same-sex marriages in church

Same-sex marriages in church

The Progressive Christianity Network Britain warmly welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister David Cameron concerning his support for single sex marriage in those churches and other religious communities which wish to celebrate them.

​Members of this Network have overwhelmingly endorsed a request that this religious freedom be available to those who wish to exercise it. There is no desire on our part to force this on those religious groups which do not wish to celebrate same sex marriages.

Dazzling Darkness

Dazzling Darkness

Readers are invited to attend the launch of this new book by the resident poet of Manchester Cathedral. She has discovered that darkness is as much a positive place as a negative one, inhabited by the Living God – the Dark God, the Hidden God

​Rachel Mann is an Anglican Priest. Her book, Dazzling Darkness is a true story about searching for one’s authentic self in the company of the Living God. Rachel Mann has died many ‘deaths’ in the process, not the least of which was a change of sex, as well as coming to terms with chronic illness and disability.

Joint letter to the House of Bishops - Women Bishops

In a joint letter with St Mark’s CRC, Modern Church and Inclusive Church, PCN expresses regret that the House of Laity of the General Synod of the Church of England failed to reach the two-thirds majority required to pass legislation enabling women to be ordained Bishop and urge them to support the recommendation of the Archbishops’ Council to put in place a clear process for discussions in the New Year.

We, the undersigned, deeply regret that the House of Laity of the General Synod of the Church of England failed to reach the two-thirds majority required to pass legislation enabling women to be ordained Bishop.

Church of England Rejects Women Bishops

In this statement issued after the vote in the Church of England Synod, PCN Britain expresses its regret that women priests are not to be given the opportunity to become bishops.

​The Progressive Christianity Network Britain deeply regrets that the Synod of the Church of England was unable to agree to a way in which it could accept women as bishops, against the advice of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop-designate. Other provinces of the Anglican church have found a way to do so and been enriched by the ministry of both male and female bishops. Other churches in Britain have for some years had women in leadership roles, and benefited greatly from doing so.

Press statement on new Archbishop

Press statement on new Archbishop

PCN Britain has released this short press statement on the appointment of Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury

APPOINTMENT OF JUSTIN WELBY

If Justin Welby really means to banish homophobia from the Church of England, his appointment is warmly welcomed by us. That his first public utterance as archbishop-designate included a promise to listen to the LGBT community on the subject of gay marriage gives hope that his intentions are serious.

New Archbishop promises inclusivity

New Archbishop promises inclusivity

The trustees of PCN Britain have welcomed the announcement by Justin Welby that he will have no truck with homophobia in the Church of England.

This open letter has gone to the editors of the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Independent, Church Times, Methodist Recorder, Ekklesia, & Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

If Justin Welby wishes to banish homophobia from the Church of England, his appointment is warmly welcomed by us, the Trustees of the Progressive Christianity Network Britain.

Think about your faith

Think about your faith

PCN Britain is appealing to church members to look again at the fundamentals of their faith.

This month, PCN Britain has launched a new initiative to engage with churches across the theological spectrum. Under the banner, “Helping churches to celebrate a 21st century faith” PCN is aiming to reach congregations across Britain who are seeking a credible faith and a new vision for Christian faithfulness - one which is more inclusive, more open-minded.

Chair's Update

Chair's Update

Here is the July update following another very busy meeting of trustees held at St Columba’s URC York on Wednesday 4th July 2012.

Same Sex Marriage: Government consultation and membership survey report

The report on PCN members’ views about gay marriage is now posted on the website. I am grateful to the 190 members who responded to the survey. All 190 said that PCN should make a submission to the Home Office consultation. 177 [94%] were in favour of same sex marriage. 7 [4%] objected to same sex marriage. 6 could not be categorised. 173 [92%] said the government had not gone far enough and that same-sex marriage should be available in a religious ceremony not just civil ceremonies. These findings formed the basis of PCN’s submission to the Home Office. The full report on the survey results is now available on the PCN Britain web site – it makes for some interesting reading. (http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/news/post/pcn_members_speak_out_on_gay_marriage/)

PCN members speak out on Gay Marriage

PCN members speak out on Gay Marriage

This summer PCN Britain made a submission to the Home Office as part of the government consultation over proposals to introduce same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Before making the submission PCN asked for members’ views. This report, compiled by PCN chair, John Churcher, gives the results of that survey and how PCN expressed them in its submission.

Chair's Update

Chair's Update

Gay Marriage

The Government is asking for views on its proposals for ‘gay marriage’ and all members of PCN Britain will have an opportunity to take part in our own consultation so that we can make an authoritative submission on behalf of our membership. The Secretary and Administrator are already discussing the consultation process that we will be using. In the meantime I have issued a press release under the PCN Britain banner. The release can be seen on the PCN website by following the link on the Home Page. It refers only to my views since I had no opportunity to sound out the membership. Our media adviser, Michael Wright and the PCN officers felt it was important to be heard while the subject was in the news. Should any media organisation contact me then I will be able to highlight our 8 points, especially No 4.

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