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Ticket sales record on Brian McLaren tour

Ticket sales record on Brian McLaren tour

Half way through Brian McLaren's tour of the UK he has already outsold all previous conference tours organised by PCN Britain

Large numbers have been attending Brian McLaren's eight day speaking tour of the UK. He began his tour with a full day conference at the Oasis Centre in central London last Saturday (October 8th). The day concluded with a recorded conversation between the Oasis pastor, Steve Chalke and McLaren. Both pastors, Chalke and McLaren, have created waves in traditional Christian circles by their refusal to toe the line on matters such as gay marriage and Biblical literalism.

A video recording of events at the Oasis Centre will be available soon from the PCN website shop...

How I became a heretic - with help from Jesus

How I became a heretic - with help from Jesus

This is the title of the second Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture which will be delivered in Bristol next May by the Rev'd Dr. Robin Meyers, author of Saving Jesus from the Church.

This day long conference, organised by PCN Britain, will take place at St Stephen's Church, BS1 1EQ, on Saturday 13th May 2017. These annual lectures pay tribute to ​Marcus Borg who died in 2015 and whose writings inspired and gave confidence to a new generation of Christians, rooted in the life and teaching of Jesus more than the nature of his death and what followed.

From There to Where? The Evolution of God

From There to Where? The Evolution of God

John Churcher, former chair of PCN Britain, offers us study course on the history of God. It takes the form of four lectures delivered in the US earlier this year. Available free for use by individuals and groups.

John Churcher is a retired Methodist minister, author of Setting Jesus Free and Dying to Live. He was a founding member of PCN Britain in 2003 and served as its chair for six years. This series of lectures represents the evolution of his own faith over this period.​

Bishop Jack Spong's October tour cancelled

Bishop Jack Spong's October tour cancelled

Due to his sudden illness, Christine Spong has confirmed that her husband will be unable to travel to the UK next month

Following his stroke earlier this month, Bishop Jack Spong's planned tour of the UK next month is cancelled. The expected news was confirmed by his wife, Christine, this afternoon. We understand that Jack is now at a rehabilitation hospital near his home in New Jersey and there are good hopes that he will make a recovery. Arrangements for those who hold tickets.....

Jack Spong, leading progressive, taken ill

Jack Spong, leading progressive, taken ill

PCN Britain is saddened to learn that Bishop John Shelby Spong, one of the worlds most inspiring religious speakers, has suffered a stroke

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, made the following announcement yesterday

On Saturday morning Bishop Jack Spong had a stroke before a speaking engagement in Marquette, Michigan. The next few days are very important. His wife Christine and the Spong family would be grateful for your prayers

Adrian Alker interviewed about David Jenkins

Adrian Alker interviewed about David Jenkins

Listen out for the PCN chair's contribution to a retrospective on the late Bishop David Jenkins on tomorrow's Sunday programme on Radio 4

As part of a look back on the ministry and influence​ the late Bishop of Durham, Adrian Alker has been invited to join a discussion on the Sunday Programme on Radio 4 tomorrow, Sunday 11th September. He will be appearing with Philip

North, Bishop of Burnley and the discussion is due to be broadcast sometime between 7.30 and 7.50am.

Ministerial vacancy at a progressive church in Melbourne

Ministerial vacancy at a progressive church in Melbourne

St Michael’s Uniting Church is located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia

This is an opportunity for an experienced Minister who embraces contemporary, progressive Christian theology and has an understanding of the factors that contribute to psycho-spiritual wellbeing in us all.

You must be an experienced, soundly-researched and inspiring preacher who understands the opportunities a well-resourced city church can offer.

Marcus Borg’s place in history

Marcus Borg’s place in history

A report on the first Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture by Diana Butler Bass before an audience in Birmingham on Saturday 14th May 2016

The Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture is the brainchild of Adrian Alker, chair of the Progressive Christianity Network Britain. Modern Church, Free to Believe and the St Mark’s Centre for Radial Christianity joined PCN Britain in staging this event. It was hosted by Carrs Lane Church in Birmingham and attended by over 200 people. This report covers the first of the two talks that Diana Butler Bass gave. She is a historian focusing on the history of Christianity and is a leading voice in progressive Christianity. You can watch a video of Marianne Borg introducing Butler Bass in our video resources section. You can also download or purchase a CD of both talks. See also http://dianabutlerbass.com/
Become an SCM Link Church

Become an SCM Link Church

The Student Christian Movement is offering churches in university towns the opportunity to enhance their student contact by becoming an SCM Link Church.

Do you want to reach more students and provide a welcoming space for them to serve and be part of your community? Link your church with SCM for free and you'll receive several benefits including a profile on their website, ongoing support and advice to engage students, a bi-monthly newsletter specifically for churches, information about training in your area, and resources and publicity materials. Visit http://www.movement.org.uk/connect-church/register to complete the form.
Two ways in which you might be able to help the Student Christian Movement

Two ways in which you might be able to help the Student Christian Movement

SCM is seeking to employ a Manchester based Regional Development Worker and also to recruit volunteers to join their Council of Reference, which provides advice to SCM trustees.

The Regional Development Worker will cover the North West of England to start in September. The post is full time (35 hours per week) with a salary of £20-22,000 depending on experience. The Regional Development Worker will be joining a small dynamic staff team, developing our work with students in the North West of England. The successful candidate will expand our network of student groups and link churches, organise events, deliver training and work with students, local churches and chaplaincies to improve and develop student outreach and engagement in the region. Experience of Christian student work within a church or chaplaincy context would be an advantage.

Chair's Update April 2016

Chair's Update April 2016

In April's update Adrian Alker talks about the varied events that PCN is organising or in which we are participating.

Dear friends across the PCN membership

As you know our administration team now has a different configuration in that Sarah Guilfoyle is now our administrator and Andy Vivian, whose retirement we marked at our AGM, is continuing in a voluntary capacity to serve the network as the web editor. I am sure, like me, you are grateful for such a strong and competent team, always ready to help members and trustees.

The AGM at Leeds gave us an opportunity to thank retiring trustees Angela, John and Robin, and to formally elect Gareth, our treasurer as an elected trustee and Dave our PV editor. It was very good to be in the Mill Hill Unitarian Church, to meet its minister (a PCN member) and to learn of their city centre work. We were grateful for the presentation on inequality in our society by Professor Rich Harris and his helpful slides of statistics can be found here on the PCN website. Good too to watch the film The Divide. If you haven’t yet seen the film, do watch out for local screenings – they can be found on www. thedividedocumentary.com

Tickets for Brian McLaren tour go on sale

Tickets for Brian McLaren tour go on sale

October 8th - 15th 2016. All eight venues are now confirmed. London, Exeter, Cardiff, Birmingham, Largs, Manchester, Newcastle and Harrogate.

Please help us to spread the news by downloading the flyer.

People by the millions are migrating out of traditional religion - some into secularism, some into experimental forms of non-religious spirituality. But even within religious communities, people are on the move, migrating in exciting new directions.

The Holy Box

The Holy Box

A poem for Easter by Sydney Carter (1915 - 2004)

Although this poem was written almost fifty years ago, the message has a vibrant resonance with modern progressive Christian thinking. Carter was a man ahead of his time, a rebel, who's hymns have finally reached the mainstream but who's poetry remains neglected.

The Holy Box, from the collection Love More or Less, was first published by Stainer and Bell in 1971.

Brian McLaren to tour the UK at PCN’s invitation

Brian McLaren to tour the UK at PCN’s invitation

Often cited as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the West, Brian McLaren will be here in October 2016, speaking on his upcoming book, 'The Great Spiritual Migration: Re-imagining a Faith that will Save Us'

Brian McLaren argues for a new kind of Christianity. For centuries, Christianity has presented itself as a system of beliefs. That system of beliefs has supported a wide range of unintended consequences - from colonialism to environmental destruction, from subordination of women to stigmatization of LGBT people. What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith - not as a system of beliefs, but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in action, that makes amends for its mistakes, and is dedicated creating a beloved community for all? ...

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