Taking Christmas seriously but not literally - Julian Baggini

Taking Christmas seriously but not literally - Julian Baggini

The spirit of Christmas doesn’t have to be Christian - Julian Baggini...

Writing in The Guardian, Julian Baggini, one of the speakers at our June Conference ​- ‘Religion and Atheism - Beyond the Divide?’ Saturday 8 June 2019 -

You needn’t take the Gospels as gospel: sharing in a collective celebration can be more important than what is being shared - A look east could help those who value Christianity but who cannot take the Gospels as gospel. It offers a means of wholeheartedly embracing a Christian Christmas without having to believe in preposterous fairytales. That could mean seeing it as a way to acknowledge your belonging to a culture and tradition that has been celebrating the festival for centuries without necessarily going along with absolutely everything that entails

Find out more about our day conference  ‘Religion and Atheism - Beyond the Divide?’ Saturday 8 June 2019 here _

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COP24: It’s not about resources anymore; it’s about moral maturity

COP24: It’s not about resources anymore; it’s about moral maturity

Joan Chittister, radical Benedictine, attended the COP 24 Environmental conference Dec. 8 in Katowice, Poland. She came away with mixed emotions....

Joan Chittister, radical Benedictine, attended the COP 24 Environmental conference  Dec. 8 in Katowice, Poland. She came away with mixed emotions as intergovernmental agreements fell short of what is required. Joan was heartened though by the presentations which took a different tone. Theses were, she said,  presentations from religious leaders, spiritual teachers, more philosophic types who know that nothing much can happen to the world around us until something happens within us that is beyond money and power, that seeks global harmony and world peace.

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Locker Rooms, Culture Wars and the Good Samaritan

Locker Rooms, Culture Wars and the Good Samaritan

Heaven help us! The sky is falling. It’s another example of political correctness gone mad, (or is it really asks Dr Robin Bunce)...

Heaven help us! The sky is falling. It’s another example of political correctness gone mad, and religious freedoms being violated. According to the Dr Duke Show,

a weekly podcast ‘bringing you news and insightful commentary about the state of education in America and the world today’, the Chasco Middle School in Florida is the latest front in America’s ‘culture wars’.

Read full article from Robin Bunce in the attached news file.

The newspaper report is here: Tampa_Bay_Times_report

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SCM News

SCM News

recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer and more news...

SCM is recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer to take the charity forward in the next stage of its development. Full details available:SCM_vacancies

Join with us in praying for students on Student Sunday, 17 February 2019. The toolkit is now available to download from Student_Sunday

Help us celebrate 130 years of SCM’s life changing work with students by signing up to our 130 Challenge and commiting to raise £130.130_Challenge

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Abbot of Einsiedeln calls for a more differentiated view of homosexuality than that of Pope Francis.

Abbot of Einsiedeln calls for a more differentiated view of homosexuality than that of Pope Francis.

Swiss ask Papal Nuncio to show enough “sensitivity in order to perceive the realities of the Church in Switzerland”...

In an interview with the newspaper St Galler Tagblatt on 5 December the Abbot of Einsiedeln, Urban Federer, 50, has called for a more differentiated view of homosexuality than that put forward by Pope Francis.

The abbot said that, as a teacher, he was aware of the great pressure young people were under to define themselves sexually nowadays but this overtaxed many of them.

As the tenth-century Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln is a territorial abbey, the abbot is the equivalent of a bishop and only responsible directly to the Pope.

Earlier this year the progressive element of Swiss German-speaking Catholics, angry at the nomination of a conservative as papal nuncio to Bern, issued an open letter to the nuncio. The canon and co-dean of Bern, Fr. Christian Schaller, said he hoped that Archbishop Thomas Gullickson would show enough “sensitivity in order to perceive the realities of the Church in Switzerland”

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PCN Members Weekend

PCN Members Weekend

Ian and Fran Lovett report on group study of Spong’s “Unbelievable” - report in Progressive Voices magazine - complete magazine…...

Unbelievable: Why neither the ancient creeds nor the Reformation can produce a living faith today

John Shelby Spong

Spong writes in the introduction that this was written in the twilight years of his life, indeed he estimates that some of his best books have been written in these years.

Whilst one might not want to study the fulsome arguments in those books, reading and discussing “Unbelievable” can be sufficient to underpin the notion that the dysfunctionality / dissonance of 1st and 16th

century-based Christianity really is unbelievable now.

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