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Sr Joan Chittister draws on St Benedict to oppose Trump

Sr Joan Chittister draws on St Benedict to oppose Trump

They are not dominant, powerful, nuclear-armed, white males. Otherwise we would be as concerned about the well-being of their children as we are of ours.

St Benedict taught people to remember the pre-eminence of God. "Revere God," he taught, rather than aggrandize the self. "Remember that God is God," he taught, and we are not.

The teaching is a simple but overwhelming one. Just think of it: If we really remember that God created us, that God gives us the world in order to complete God's image for creation, then all the personal grandstanding is for nothing: "I'm the greatest!" No, actually you are not. "I'm the only one who can solve this?" Not on your life. "I'm the first, the best, the greatest, the only one who knows the answers." Not at all. Or, "These other people are not like us; they are our evil enemies, they are beneath us, a danger to us, rapists, thieves, murderers." Or to say it all better, clearer, in shorthand: They are not dominant, powerful, nuclear-armed, white males. Otherwise we would be as concerned about the well-being of their children as we are of ours.

Sr Joan Chittister, Benedictine of Erie, Pennsylvania. Former prioress.

"The Teilhard de Chardin Project" - new film project takes off

"The Teilhard de Chardin Project" - new film project takes off

A documentary about the French Jesuit and paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin . The Vatican warned students in 1962 not to read Teilhard, the legendary priest, who died in 1955.

"The Teilhard de Chardin Project" has taken the Frosts from France to England toFilmmaker Frank Frost and his wife Mary, are working on the project of a lifetime: a documentary about the French Jesuit and paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Vatican warned students in 1962 not to read Teilhard, the legendary priest, who died in 1955. China — where Teilhard was essentially exiled in the 1920s for his "dangerous thinking" on science and evolution.

Now, after nearly 40 years of working together, Frank and Mary are close to completing their most ambitious, personal project.

The film will enable viewers to come to know Teilhard — the priest, the scientist, the environmentalist. The aim is to make Teilhard accessible to people who have an interest. The couple believe you don't have to have a Ph.D. in science to understand that Teilhard the man was fascinating.

The Clergy Project......so what is it?

The Clergy Project......so what is it?

"rituals are symbolic celebrations of life, illustrated with strange and wonderful myths that can inspire us to live better lives" Daniel C. Dennet, "the progressive “metaphorical” understandings of Christianity that I had been exposed to throughout my life, had reinforced and strengthened in my theological training" ,Gretta Vosper

"Ideally, individual churches or whole denominations might quite forthrightly forsake the double-talk and hypocrisy and make it clear to young and old within the church that these rituals are symbolic celebrations of life, illustrated with strange and wonderful myths that can inspire us to live better lives, and that there is no obligation to try to believe in their literal truth. Then church services could evolve into a new kind of theater, intended to refocus folks’ attention on things more important than their mundane projects, and inspiring them to contribute their time, effort, and yes, money to making the world a better place.”

Daniel C. Dennet Interview. As recorded by Catherine Dunphy in From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project. Durham: Pitchstone, 2015. Pg 47.

Clergy Project Website

Connected - worship ideas from PCN USA

Connected - worship ideas from PCN USA

As progressive Christians create new liturgies, they often build on treasures from the past

We are all connected, not only across nations and cultures and religions, but across time. Even as we head into the future, we carry with us our ties to the past. It’s how we orient ourselves and keep from getting lost, like Ariadne’s thread in the labyrinth. As progressive Christians create new liturgies, they often build on treasures from the past — new lyrics to a well-known hymn-tune, a new setting of words from an ancient psalm. Just another form of evolution.
Washington DC Church To Hold Time of Fasting and Prayer For The Peaceful Removal of Donald Trump From Office

Washington DC Church To Hold Time of Fasting and Prayer For The Peaceful Removal of Donald Trump From Office

The church is seeking both the religious and non-religious to join in with them in their time of fasting and prayer. A local meetup group has started online along with a online petition/fasting schedule for those committing to dedicate time to abstain from food and pray for impeachment or resignation. Johnson, who went on a hunger strike for suicide awareness last year via NBC, has already set apart two days a week for this cause. The church hope the fast will serve three purposes.

Washington, DC, January 22, 2019 --

Church For Black Men and Families has announced that they will be dedicating a sustained time and prayer and fasting (abstinence from food) to seek God for the peaceful removal of Donald Trump from Presidential office. The church’s decision was motivated by the effects of the government shutdown on federal workers.

Proclaiming the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail not the answer says Tablet correspondent

Proclaiming the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail not the answer says Tablet correspondent

In news from Britain and Ireland (19 January), The Catholic weekly "The Tablet" reported that the Bishop of Dunkeld has launched a Year of Re-Evangelisation aimed at bringing lapsed Catholics back to Mass. The method is the usual one in these circumstances, namely more concentrated catechesis. A respondent asked why do bishops always suppose that the solution to low Mass attendance is to proclaim the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail? Why do they never suggest considering the message itself, to try to discover if there are aspects that might lack credibility for ordinary people?

If they did, it would reveal some fundamental details of Christian belief that require revision, as they are just not credible in today’s world, and that modern theologians provide alternative, helpful insights. It would also reveal that going to Mass is not always a very fulfilling experience for many people, for a variety of reasons.

Getting people into Mass seems a poor objective for a programme of evangelisation.

The Resistance Bible Study Podcast

The Resistance Bible Study Podcast

Friend and frequent contributor to ProgressiveChristianity.org, Rabbi Brian, has compiled conversations with 12 of his Biblically literate friends in a series of podcasts that both delight and educate and are FREE!

Join Rabbi Brian as he talks to Reverend Jim Burklo, Dr. Tracy Hartman, Rev. Irene Monroe, Pastor John Pavlovitz and more as he seeks to find out what the bible is and how to use it to fight oppression.

Find the podcast here: The Resistance Bible Study Podcast

Creationist Christians and Science - news from PCN USA

Creationist Christians and Science - news from PCN USA

Recently, Arizona’s state school board narrowly defeated the effort of creationist Christians to alter science standards and open the door for a literal interpretation of the Bible being taught alongside evolution. Some of the advisers advocating for creationism were referred to as “Young Earthers” in the news. What exactly does that mean? Revd David Felton answers.

Dear Readers, Believe it or not, “Young Earthers” are folks who are convinced that the earth (and all of creation) is only 6,022 years old (as of 2018). How did they arrive at this remarkably specific date?

It seems that back in the 17th century, a Renaissance Bishop (James Ussher, 1581-1656) figured that he could use the Bible to calculate the date of creation. Taking note of genealogies, events, and the number of candles on Methuselah’s birthday cake (all of which he took as literally as possible), he counted backwards to arrive at the exact day of creation: October 23rd 4004 BCE. He wasn’t clear on the exact time (or the time zone), but suggested that it was in the morning.

Today, a big chunk of American Christians attend churches that claim the Bible is inerrant (without error) and infallible (a safe and reliable source in all matters). I want to believe that most of them don’t actually believe this – considering that they live in the 21st century – but enough of them do believe it to make it a problem for the rest of us.

And you’ve got to feel a little sorry for them. Literalists are taught to expect that the Bible does not waiver from objective truth in the matter of history and science – and despite advances in biology, cosmology, archaeology, geology – and evidence in the Bible itself – they continue to double-down on inerrancy. As an outside observer of this phenomenon, it appears that they believe that “real” Christians are somehow spiritually superior for their ability to, despite evidence to the contrary, deny reality. Obviously, this has clear parallels in our current political reality.

Coalition Against Misuse of the Blasphemy Laws

Coalition Against Misuse of the Blasphemy Laws

an international coalition with a common aim: an end to the way Pakistan’s blasphemy law is currently being abused.

CAMBL​ asks for PCN members support -

Coalition Against Misuse of the Blasphemy Laws is an international coalition with a common aim: an end to the way Pakistan’s blasphemy law is currently being abused.

Along with opportunities to advocate for change, we will provide key legal resources regarding the Coalition Against Misuse of the Blasphemy Laws and its status in international law. Also we will keep you updated on all developments as the future of the Blasphemy Law is discussed, within Pakistan and around the world.

The coalition was founded by the Christian charity CLAAS, who have dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan since 1998. We have been offering legal assistance to those accused of committing blasphemy and, when necessary, giving safe refuge to those in fear of reprisals.

However, Coalition Against Misuse of the Blasphemy Laws is open to both religious and nonreligious organisations, including both Christians and Muslims, who feel the law should not be abused in this way.

The voice of opposition grows louder every day. Together, change is possible.

Applications are invited for the position of Minister of the Word St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, Australia

Applications are invited for the position of Minister of the Word St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne, Australia

An opportunity exists to lead and guide a receptive congregation, in a prestigious city church to its next phase of spiritual growth and development.

The congregation of St Michael’s is looking for a minister who embraces contemporary, progressive Christian theology.

St Michael’s enjoys a vibrant arts and music program which is integral to Sunday services and other scheduled events.

“I am the church, and this is my confession.

“I am the church, and this is my confession.

My last confession was 500 years ago.

Church Confession

by James Burklo on December 29, 2018 - published by Progressive Christianity USA

“I am the church, and this is my confession. My last confession was 500 years ago. I have oppressed women and kept them out of leadership positions. I have oppressed gay and lesbian people. I have judged people pointlessly for having normal sexual urges and relationships, treating sex like a disease instead of lifting it up as a precious gift from God. I have failed to see the absurd irony of being the church of Jesus, a humble servant, while pridefully claiming that my religion is the only true faith.

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 _

Religion_and_Atheism_Conference

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.
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

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

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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