Progressive Christianity and the General Election

Progressive Christianity and the General Election

A recent survey of the PCN membership asked members to name three aspirations or pledges which they would like to see in any manifesto.

There has been much talk of the Prime Minister Theresa May’s upbringing as the daughter of a vicar. Politicians and pundits refer to ‘Christian values’ and often depict the older generation of churchgoers as being inherently conservative. But a survey of the 700 members of the Progressive Christianity Network in Britain reveals a very different story….

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2nd Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture given by Robin Meyers

2nd Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture given by Robin Meyers

Meyers critiques the ‘empire’ nature of the US government and suggests that quantum physics provides a new paradigm for God.

Around a hundred people attended the second Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture on 13th May, held in Bristol, at St Stephen’s Church.  Robin Meyers, an American theologian and pastor, is best known in the UK for his three latest books,

  • Saving Jesus form the Church,
  • The Underground Church – reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus
  • Spiritual Defiance – building a beloved community of resistance.

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PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

PCN Britain publishes four information leaflets

Our 14th AGM last Saturday saw the launch of a new set of leaflets providing an up to date reflection of PCN’s work and what we stand for. 

Commending the leaflets to the assembled members, PCN chair, Adrian Alker, encouraged us all to do our best to spread the leaflets about.  Large stocks have been printed and up to 50 of each can be ordered free of charge in the PCN online shop, (see links below). 

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Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

Oxford theologian invites bishop-designate of Sheffield to decline nomination

The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invited the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the See because of his opposition to women’s ordination.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships

In a letter published in the Church Times on 3rd February, Adrian Alker says that he is “ashamed of the continuing hypocrisy of an institution loyally staffed by many gay and lesbian clergy” and that the hardening of heart against those in same sex relationships will further damage the Church of England.

​Published in Church Times on 3rd February 2017 Adrian Alker wrote:

Despite two years of shared conversations across the dioceses, the bishops of the Church of England in this latest report on marriage and same sex relationships have underscored again how a conservative and evangelical hierarchy can so effectively dig in its heels, reproducing the same set of arguments which have been rehearsed many times. Although the report acknowledges the ‘contested tradition’ of Anglicanism, it is clear that ‘faithfulness to God’s word’ is seen to be understood as lying within the evangelical position. For ‘others’ the imperative to read scripture differently, stems from a ‘parallel conviction’, left unspecified!

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Video producer seeks progressive Christian

Video producer seeks progressive Christian

A well known beer company is producing a video about the human diversity in the UK.

We get some strange requests here at the PCN office but this is one of the most unusual.  It seems that the fault lines to emerge from the Brexit vote of 2016 has prompted a well known beer company to commission a film about what makes people in 21st century Britain tick, reflecting, they hope, the rich diversity within these isles.

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Cheaper delivery on Australian books

Cheaper delivery on Australian books

Australian religious publisher, Morning Star Publishing, has concluded an agreement for its titles to be printed in the UK

Several Australian religious authors publish under the Morning Star banner.  These include progressives, Greg Jenks and Rex Hunt.  (Rex led two events in the UK tour last year).  Their books may be purchased via the usual Morning Star Publishing website but at a lower postage rate since the books will be now produced in the UK.

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Three viewpoints for Interfaith Week

Three viewpoints for Interfaith Week

Sunday sees the start of Interfaith Week 2016.  As part of its contribution, PCN has asked three of our members to write about their experiences of Interfaith.

The three blogs will appear over the next week.  The contributors are

13th November:  Alan Race from south London who has written books about Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Pluralism.  He will argue that religious diversity could be seen as ‘the will of God’ and that by dialogue with the other, we are better able to be ourselves.​

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