January
The times they are a changing

The times they are a changing

Irish RC diocese shows overwhelming support for married priests and women deacons and priests, and more inclusive Church

A survey in Irish RC diocese shows 85% back married priests,81% believe priests who have married should return, 80% support women as deacons and 69% women as priests. 86% want a church more inclusive of gays. Bishop Fleming says they were inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of synodality as well as his criticisms of clericalism. Elsewhere Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory has said the Irish Church needs “a bold creative response rather than fleeing from the reality of the distressful present.” Speaking to Religious gathered for a celebration of World Day of Consecrated Life, he said: “Our Lord is the Lord of risk. Bold decisions must be taken today, even if it is painful to do so, and we risk making the wrong decision. Otherwise we die of irrelevancy.”

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PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

TO ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ACROSS THE NETWORK

As the situation regarding the coronavirus worsens, the trustees of PCN have made the following decisions as of today, March 18th: 1. The AGM and Film Launch, due to take place on Saturday 21 March has already been cancelled. 2. We have decided to postpone the conference, ‘Thinking Science, Thinking Faith’, which was due to take place in York on April 25th. All those who booked will have their money refunded. We hope the conference will go ahead at a time when it is safe to do so. 3. The third major PCN gathering is due to take place on Saturday 10th October, when we have invited the Revd Deshna Shine, Executive Director of the Progressive Christianity organisation in the USA to speak at the fifth and final Marcus Borg memorial conference. This is scheduled to take place at the Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham and our hope is that this conference may go ahead. Please do book the date in your diary and we will keep you informed of developments. 4. It is greatly disappointing that we will be unable, at present, to mount a number of film launches, when we bring folk together to watch the films we have commissioned. The only compensation is that we have time now to complete all six films, to give them subtitles and to launch them on a new dedicated website, which is in the process of being developed. We will be developing ways in which we create an online forum for discussion about the issues raised in the films. Those in groups might want to set up virtual meetings when each member can view the films and exchange their views etc. We will let you know when ‘Made of Stories’ kicks off! May I repeat that our first concern is for the wellbeing of all our members, who are used to coming to PCN events and also attending local groups. All such gathering activity will probably cease for the time being. However we are determined that our on-line presence and other ways forms of communication with each other will continue. We shall use this time to make improvements to our website and put greater effort into fulfilling our aims through various media platforms. And, as trustees, we once more thank you for your membership and wish you well at this time. Adrian Alker, Chair of the trustees

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PCN Britain's AGM is cancelled

PCN Britain's AGM is cancelled

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the AGM and film launch.

PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS As with all other organisations, the trustees of PCN Britain have discussed the dangers posed by the Coronavirus to those who travel on public transport and meet with others in small or larger gatherings. We are aware that many of our members are aged over 70 and that some do have underlying health issues. Our first concern is for the wellbeing of all our members and it is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the AGM and the Film Launch, due to take place in London on March 21st, when we are told that the virus will be reaching its peak in the UK. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and we realise that many people, like myself, will have paid for travel in advance or even booked accommodation.

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Chair’s Update to PCN Members from Adrian Alker

Chair’s Update to PCN Members from Adrian Alker

as the trustees discuss what our priorities should be I would love to hear from you!

Dear Friends, Already in this year there are a number of events to remind you of in this brief update. Our Film Shorts to be launched at the AGM You will know by now that the films will be launched at the PCN Annual Meeting which takes place on Saturday 21 March 2020 at St Luke’s Church, Holloway, London. You will have received full details about the day from Sarah and in particular I do want to thank again all of you who have contributed financially to the project and hope to see you at the launch of the films. Please don’t forget to let Sarah (sarah.guilfoyle@pcnbritain.org.uk) or myself (adrian.alker@pcnbritain.org.uk) know that you are coming for catering purposes. After the AGM the films will be available for groups to use how they wish and an accompanying discussion guide is being produced. For more information please elsewhere on this website.

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Church of England to be a forward looking, welcoming, open and inclusive church?

Church of England to be a forward looking, welcoming, open and inclusive church?

Do you want a church that welcomes and celebrates everyone in the name of Jesus Christ, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, economic power, mental health or sexuality?

If you do you need to do three things: 1) Be on the Electoral Roll for your church You can do this if you are aged 16 or over, are baptised, and either live in the parish or have worshipped for at least six months at the church. 2) Become a representative of your church on the local Deanery Synod These positions are being elected at your Annual Parochial Church Meeting, held in March, April or May.

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Archbishops apologise for pastoral guidance on sexual relationships

Archbishops apologise for pastoral guidance on sexual relationships

We as Archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardised trust.

Jayne Ozanne, a leading campaigner for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the church, told The Guardian she was grateful for the statement but feels the Church should offer ‘more than words’. The campaigner, who contributed to an open letter saying the ‘guidance’ had made the C of E a ‘laughing stock’, added: We await the evidence that they have truly heard and taken onboard our concerns by what comes out of the Living in Love and Faith report.

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“When that which is perfect is come” – a manuscript of a novel by Philip Provart - review by PCN web editor

“When that which is perfect is come” – a manuscript of a novel by Philip Provart - review by PCN web editor

A candid reflection on the precarious position of liberalism in the CofE

I was asked to review a manuscript for a novel awaiting publication. The story essentially revolves around a Norwich parish (St Peter Mancroft) in the care of a liberal Catholic parish priest. It captures in the fraught relationship of the incumbent, Fr Reg, and a new arrival, conservative evangelical Clive Arthurs, the tussle of the last couple of decades for influence in the Church of England.

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In the UK 14 million people live in poverty and 1.5 million are classed as destitute.

In the UK 14 million people live in poverty and 1.5 million are classed as destitute.

The alleviation of poverty should never be a party-political issue says editor of The Tablet

The alleviation of poverty should never be a party-political issue. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, about a fifth of the population, 14 million people, live in poverty, and 1.5 million are classed as destitute, which means being unable to afford the essentials. Poverty brings insecurity, loss of opportunity and exclusion as well as financial hardship. Those on the lower rungs of the ladder are always aware how near they are to the bottom and how easily they could end up there.

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PCN Britain Film Project and Film Fund

PCN Britain Film Project and Film Fund

We often hear it said , ‘Where are the young people?’ at our conferences or in our groups. This is one way in which we hope to engage with young people in their teens, twenties and thirties.

You will be aware that the Westhill Trust awarded us a grant to help us fulfil our aim of producing a series of short 5-minute films which will focus on the stories of young people facing the challenges of 21stcentury life and what a progressive Christian faith might have to say in response to their stories. We have now agreed to accept a tender for that work from a media company called Shortform based in Manchester. This is an exciting young company whose excellent professional work you can see on their website (www.shortform.co.uk). We are budgeting to spend up to £20,000 on this venture. We have secured £11,500 from Westhill, we are hopeful of another £1000 in grant aid, we intend to take £5000 from our limited reserves and hope that you, our members, might feel able to contribute to the project in order to make up the shortfall. And so we are launching a Film Project Fund(as we did with the Marcus Borg Memorial Fund which is now closed) and inviting individuals and PCN groups to donate to the Fund, by sending cheques or money transfers to PCN via the website/office. You will see the details on the website. We hope the films will be ready to be seen by the time we are at Greenbelt in August. We will keep you informed about the progress of the project and how these films can be a resource to PCN groups. We often hear it said , ‘Where are the young people?’ at our conferences or in our groups. This is one way in which we hope to engage with young people in their teens, twenties and thirties. Please support our venture. Adrian Alker Donate to Film Project Fund here

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" a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalized.”

" a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalized.”

Pope Francis reflects on the meaning behind the elements that make up the nativity scene.

In his letter "Admirabile Signum" Pope Francis reflects on the meaning behind the elements that make up the nativity scene. He begins with the background of “a starry sky wrapped in the darkness and silence of night.” We think of when we have experienced the darkness of night, he says, yet even then, God does not abandon us. “His closeness brings light where there is darkness and shows the way to those dwelling in the shadow of suffering.” The presence of the poor and the lowly, continues the Pope, is a reminder that “God became man for the sake of those who feel most in need of His love and who ask Him to draw near to them.” From the manger, “Jesus proclaims, in a meek yet powerful way, the need for sharing with the poor as the path to a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalized.”

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OPEN TABLE IS CROWDFUNDING!

OPEN TABLE IS CROWDFUNDING!

Open Table, a safe sacred space for LGBTQIA+ Christians & all who seek an inclusive church.

In 2008 we lit the spark that started Open Table, a safe sacred space for LGBTQIA+ Christians & all who seek an inclusive church. We’re crowdfunding until the end of 2019 to make 2020 our best year yet! If you value Open Table, please share this message, and give if you can. The first Open Table community began at St Bride’s Liverpool in June 2008. Open Table has grown into a network of ecumenical Christian worship communities which offer a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) and all who seek an inclusive Church.Open Table communities now gather across England and Wales, hosted by inclusive churches in four denominations (Anglican, United Reformed Church, Baptist, Methodist).

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Alive in God: A Christian Imagination - new book by Dominican theologian Timothy Radcliffe

Alive in God: A Christian Imagination - new book by Dominican theologian Timothy Radcliffe

For millions of young people Christianity .. means nothing at all. ....“as outmoded as a typewriter”.

Speaking to Maggie Fergusson for The Tablet Radcliffe says, "For millions of young people Christianity .. means nothing at all. It is, as Radcliffe admits, “as outmoded as a typewriter”. If pushed to consider it at all, most would probably share Stephen Hawking’s belief that we are just “chemical scum on an average-sized planet”. So what has a religion hedged about with guilt-inducing, tripwire rules to offer?

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Churches Together in England (CTE) rejects Quaker nominee

Churches Together in England (CTE) rejects Quaker nominee

The grief this situation is causing Quakers must not be underestimated by other churches. - Mark Lilley, Quaker Committee on Christian and Interfaith Relations

Churches' plan for new President falters because of equal marriage Plans to appoint a further President for Churches Together in England (CTE) have faltered because not all denominations in membership of CTE would accept a nominated President, who is a Quaker in a same-sex marriage. The Quaker appointee has been rejected because she is married to a woman. The Churches have rejected the Quakers' appointee Hannah Brock Womack, because she is married to a woman. An active Quaker, she is a young, radical peace activist, who campaigns against the arms trade and works in the voluntary sector. The CTE Member Churches bring together a richness of traditions and understanding. Some Churches agree with Quakers' strong stand for same-sex marriage. CTE, which offers an ecumenical space for sharing between the Churches, on a range of religious issues, has a recognised process for appointing Presidents.

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Ecclesiastical Competition...£120,000 | 120 charities | 12 days

Ecclesiastical Competition...£120,000 | 120 charities | 12 days

Once again our 12 days of giving is designed to provide vital funding to charities by donating £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas.

Nominate a charity With your support, we can help to change people’s lives for the better. With your support, we can help to change people’s lives for the better. You can nominate any UK, Irish, Channel Islands and Isle of Man registered charity you choose. Nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Draws will take place each weekday from 5 – 20 December 2019. The more nominations a charity receives the greater the chance of them winning, So please do spread the word and encourage your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else you can think of to nominate too! www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/12-days /

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Quakers condemn irresponsible US announcement on Israeli settlements

Quakers condemn irresponsible US announcement on Israeli settlements

Our Quaker commitment to peace and equality compels us to speak out

Following the announcement this week from US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, Quakers in Britain have repeated their view that the settlements are a serious obstacle to peace. Paul Parker, Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain said: “Our Quaker commitment to peace and equality compels us to speak out about the US government’s announcement that ‘the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.’’ “

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Open Table : Safe sacred space for LGBTQIA+ Christians

Open Table : Safe sacred space for LGBTQIA+ Christians

Open Table is a network of ecumenical Christian worship communities which offer a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) and all who seek an inclusive Church.

Open Table aims to create a safe sacred space for you to explore your faith and what it means for you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome here. Open Table is for Christians who are here, who will not go away, and who simply ask to be recognised and accepted. Our vision is of a world where LGBTQIA+ people are fully included within our church traditions and communities. Until then, we will continue to nurture safe, sacred, sacramental, sustainable space where LGBTQIA+ Christians can 'come as you are'.

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Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.

Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.

a well-funded opposition fighting his agenda which emphasises concerns such as the environment and welcoming migrants

Austen Ivereigh, former Tablet editor has said “Catholics are with the pope. That used to be the traditional understanding,” Ivereigh said. But that understanding has been challenged. He noted there is “a struggle going on. This pontificate is a place of spiritual combat.” Ivereigh has pointed to a well-funded opposition fighting his agenda which is emphasizing concerns such as the environment and welcoming migrants.

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General Election - Quakers in Britain - News Release -29 October 2019

General Election - Quakers in Britain - News Release -29 October 2019

As the scramble towards a general election begins, Quakers across Britain are set to question parliamentary candidates on key topics.

The general election, called for 12 December, is an opportunity to influence future decision-makers. Quakers seek something of God in everyone and that leads them to work for justice for all. Their commitment to truth, peace, equality and simplicity leads to five priorities: · Climate crisis · Migration · Criminal justice · Peace and disarmament · The nature of the debate

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Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of Newman's canonisation

Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of Newman's canonisation

John Henry will also be seen as a teacher ..a seeker ... a more balanced voice showing how faith and reason co-exist.

Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Newman Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of the canonisation of St John Henry Newman in Rome. In many ways this was an historic moment, a recognition by the Anglican community of their receptivity and love of one who did so much for Anglicanism but also who is bringing the two churches closer together. Canon Gibbons is one of Christ Church's Ecumenical Canons and the first Catholic priest ( Henry Mayr Harting being the first Catholic lay Canon as Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History form 1997-2003). Even though he transferred form the Latin to Eastern Rite, he remains Catholic. "It was in many ways a very historical and moving moment for us in Christ Church and from it comes a desire to know Newman and to forge closer ecumenical bonds, and to somehow commemorate him in the place he began his ordained ministry," he told The Tablet. "I am sure that in years to come, many will make pilgrimage to Oxford on a Newman journey, the close ecumenical ties we now begin to have in the Cathedral are partly a sign of his inspiration." Full sermon with this item:

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