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Haunted by Christ: new book by Richard Harries

Haunted by Christ: new book by Richard Harries

Richard Harries reflects on the works of twenty novelists, poets and dramatists who take religion seriously. His selection of 20 authors stretches back to the 19th century, with Fyodor Dostoevsky and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and through to Marilynne Robinson and Philip Pullman in our day.

W H Auden, T S Eliot, William Golding, Elizabeth Jennings, C S Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Stevie Smith. . . These are among some of the great poets and novelists whose struggles with faith finds expression in their works, and whose works have helped countless readers to appreciate the different forms that faith can take in different times and places. Richard Harries considers the work of twenty of these writers, painting vivid pictures of their lives and times, and providing us with numerous critically sympathetic insights into the spiritual dimension of their writings.
National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff issue open letter to the US Catholic bishops: "It's over"

National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff issue open letter to the US Catholic bishops: "It's over"

RC bishops in USA invited to try humility ... attend in mufti and leave all the collars and black suits, silk and lace and pectoral crosses at home.

Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims,

We address you as you approach this year's national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide.

It's over.

All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, but especially you, to this moment.

It's over.

Even the feds are now on the trail. They've ordered that you not destroy any documents. The Department of Justice is conducting a national criminal investigation of how you've handled the clergy sex abuse scandal. It is a point in our history without precedent. We want you to know that you aren't alone in this moment, you've not been abandoned. But this time it must be different. This time it won't be easy.

Gretta Vosper - Great news from Canada

Gretta Vosper - Great news from Canada

A message direct from Gretta following the unexpectedly short (and positive) censure hearing

Hello all!

This coming Sunday, I return to my congregation without a cloud hanging over our heads and secure in the knowledge that the community we have built at West Hill United Church can continue, without conditions.

The following joint statement just went out from the United Church of Canada at 1:00 p.m. today.

Joint Statement Toronto Conference, Rev. Gretta Vosper and West Hill United Church have settled all outstanding issues between them. Rev. Gretta Vosper will remain in ordained ministry at West Hill United Church. We acknowledge the faithful work of all of those who have been involved in this process.

I cannot say how central your support, love, expressions of empathy, and constancy has meant to me over these three and a half years (plus one day!). It has strewn this difficult path with wisdom, late night and early morning insights, en-coeur-agements, letters of support, of outrage and sorrow, perspective, cups of tea, space for the expressions of anger or heartbreak, shoulders braced against the wall. You persevered and this story has been told. In the telling, in the hearing, we have been affirmed. The first denomination to allow an atheist, whose heart and mind, leadership, and theology, formed by that church's own hand, to continue unobstructed in their ministry. Might I even say "celebrated"? It is a new day in the Christian world. And I am so grateful for your presence by my side.

With much love, gretta

Gretta Vosper "Heresy" Trial background

Gretta Vosper "Heresy" Trial background

Gretta Vosper Judicial Hearing due 12th November resolved.

Scott Kearns had reported to us just the other day that Gretta was exhausted having worked on a mountain of material to submit. Gretta has had to work hard to correct the many, many misquotes and misrepresentations in the report of the Ministry Personnel Review Committee that found her "unsuitable", to outline objections to the dozens of breaches of natural justice in the process the Church administration developed to try her. Gretta has been able to evidence scores of samples of the work she has done with West Hill to offer a non-exclusive, theologically barrier-free community united in their commonly held commitment to justice, compassion, integrity, etc. Gretta and Scott had no idea what would happen at the trial – now all the worry as to whether indeed the court would be willing to listen to a wide scope of material, or merely “sentence” (their word) her right at the start is answered . Throughout Gretta has exemplified her integrity and passion for people and that has been recognised.

There is Facebook page hosted by the Friends of Gretta Vosper Association that will be keeping folks posted almost every day regarding what’s going on related to the Hearing. Here's the link:

Gretta Vosper Support Group

Catholic alt right seeks to scapegoat gay priests and homosexuality

Catholic alt right seeks to scapegoat gay priests and homosexuality

Dominican sisters who run the Siena Retreat Center outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had to hire security to defend against anti-gay protestors

Dominican sisters who run the Siena Retreat Center outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had to hire security to keep more than two dozen protesters off the property, where they were runniong a retreat for gay clergy and lay people. The National Catholic Reporter reported DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, the Catholic LGBT advocacy and educational organization, stating it as all part of a "toxic atmosphere that has been building up for decades."
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.
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.
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.

A progressive Christianity reading list

A progressive Christianity reading list

PCN Britain has resisted publishing a list of essential progressive Christian reading. But our partner organisation in the USA has come up with one, and we are happy to pass it on

PCN Britain sometimes gets asked to suggest some book titles that a relative newcomer to progressive thinking might like to read. So we were very interested when ProgressiveChristianity.org in America came up with just such a list recently. We can recommend all these books. Don't expect them to coincide in their theology. (But then PCN members don't all coincide in their theology either!). There is a preponderance of American authors, but that might well be true of any list that we had prepared too.

Charter for Compassion seeks new affirmations

Charter for Compassion seeks new affirmations

Charter for Compassion is asking for a million new affirmations to mark the Charter's tenth anniversary in 2019.

The Charter for Compassion was first published in November 2009 and the organisation works towards creating a peaceful and sustainable way of living. If you feel that you can support the Charter for Compassion, either as an individual or as part of an organisation, then please consider affirming your support here.

To find out more about the Charter for Compassion please visit their website.

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