Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture - Adrian Alker reports.

Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture - Adrian Alker reports.

Marianne captivated her audience through the warmth of her personality and the sincerity of her deep commitment to following in the path of the compassionate Jesus.

The Marcus Borg memorial lecture took place this year in St Marks Church in Broomhill, Sheffield. The conference resonated with significance for it was in this parish church in the year 2000 that Marcus Borg first spoke at a local parish church in the UK. Marcus had accepted the invitation to come to Sheffield at a time when many people across the country were beginning to read his published books. Through his work many came to realise, in an increasingly conservative Church, that there was another way of seeing the Christian faith. We were being asked to look again at the person of Jesus, to read again the Bible with fresh eyes and understanding, to conceptualise in different ways notions of the divine.

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Justice Week  - new initiative setup by the  Bar Council, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Justice Week - new initiative setup by the Bar Council, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

The purpose of the week is to boost the profile of justice and the rule of law, helping to place them at the centre stage of public and political debate.
With many parts of the system at breaking point, now is the time to make a strong and clear case for why they are so fundamental to our society, economy and democracy.

Adrian Alker, Chair PCN Britain,  writes, “The Progressive Christianity Network Britain proudly supports Justice Week and the programme of events which will raise the profile of justice and those institutions which promote its cause in these islands. For Christians, Jesus embodied the justice of God in his life, actions and teachings. The Bible as a whole puts distributive justice at the heart of how we should live in society “Give justice to the weak and the orphan, maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82. Justice is the body of love, and love is the soul of justice. God is Love. Love empowers justice and justice embodies love. Keep both or get neither.

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Church abuse - Radical Benedictine sister Joan Chittister calls for deep reform

Church abuse - Radical Benedictine sister Joan Chittister calls for deep reform

From across the Atlantic renowned radical Benedectine, Sr Joan Chittister, challenges the Roman Catholic Church to get to the root of abuse. Quoting Pope Francis she says,”: “It would be a serious omission on our part, not to delve into the roots ... the dynamics that made it possible for such attitudes and evils to occur.” Structural change she says is welcomed but not enough on its own — The Church must address the scourge of clericalism.

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“Queer and Catholic”

“Queer and Catholic”

“Queer and Catholic”, an autobiography by Mark Dowd, former Dominican friar, a broadcaster and journalist

Peter Bellenes, web editor, writes: I have just finished reading “Queer and Catholic”, an autobiography by Mark Dowd, former Dominicsn friar, a broadcaster and journalist who has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, The Times and the Guardian. Mark gives an authentic insight into growing up as a Catholic boy in the Lancashire of the 60’s.

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