Hope for the Future.  Take Action on Climate Change

Hope for the Future.  Take Action on Climate Change

Michael Bayley explains why he’s started a website to help churches to lobby their local politicians about the need to take action on climate…...

Humankind has an uncanny ability to ignore what we do not want to hear, especially if it requires decisive and radical action which is exactly what is needed now to grapple with climate change.

Is there anything the churches can do about it? The fundamental problems are not technical, however formidable they may be. They are political, moral and religious. The situation is not beyond hope.

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Testing Traditions and Liberating Theology

Testing Traditions and Liberating Theology

Noel Preston, of the Uniting Church of Australia, reviews the latest book by Australian author Val Webb...

Testing Traditions and Liberating Theology may well be the best volume to come from Val Webb’s prolific key pad - and that is quite a rap! Her primary audience is the inquiring lay person. In Val’s own words, she “wrote this book because I meet so many people that either know very little about the development of theology within their church tradition; or else have left their church because what they hear there makes little sense to them, or is even harmful to them. Like Richard Dawkins’ attacks on Christianity, they only know one version and have no idea that theology has actually changed considerably over the centuries and keeps on changing.(p.1)”

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PCN Trustees send letter of support to Canadian minister on heresy trial

PCN Trustees send letter of support to Canadian minister on heresy trial

PCN is concerned about the wish to put doctrinal boundaries around what constitutes good leadership in the church.  PCN holds that the way…...

Dear Gretta

The trustees and many members of PCN Britain received the news that the Toronto Conference of the United Church has ordered that you be reviewed due to concerns over the effectiveness of your ministry with real sadness and dismay.

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PCN launches the Marcus Borg Memorial Fund

PCN launches the Marcus Borg Memorial Fund

In the latest edition of Progressive Voices, the chair of PCN Britain, Adrian Alker, appeals for donations towards a series of annual lectures…...

In tribute to the life and work of Marcus Borg, the trustees of PCN Britain have decided to set up a new memorial fund which will be used to underpin financially a series of annual lectures in Marcus’s honour and we invite all our members and friends to make a donation to the Marcus Borg Memorial Fund.

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Creed?

Creed?

Have your say on whether PCN’s Eight Points are a help or a hindrance to open Christianity.  One of our trustees fears they read too…...

Adrian Alker, PCN Britain’s chair of the trustees, introduces this open letter from Pat Fuller, one of our a newly elected trustees. It first appeared in the September 2015 edition of Progressive Voices

Adrian writes: From the beginning PCN Britain adopted the Eight Points of The Centre for Progressive Christianity (TCPC) in the USA. PCN Britain made a slight change to the Eight Points at its inception and after consulting our membership a more major change in September 2014. Whilst the trustees never intended that these Eight Points should be seen as anything more than a signpost, showing our direction of travel as an organisation, clearly some members feel anxious that such points might be felt to be coercive of thought and practice.

The trustees feel minded at present to hold on to the importance of having the Eight Points as an expression of the Christian life but welcome Pat’s letter as we continuously review our work. Your comments on Pat’s letter would be welcome. Adrian Alker, chair.

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After the Fountain - Poetry and Faith

After the Fountain - Poetry and Faith

In this report on PCN Britain’s 2015 spring conference in London, Tony Rutherford reflects on the message and the wit imparted by our speaker,…...

When Mark Oakley agreed to speak at the PCN’s Spring Conference, no one expected such an overwhelmingly positive reaction to his “inspiring and engaging” presentation. Members emphasised Mark’s humanity, honesty and reality of his approach. The wide range of Mark’s knowledge of poems and his deep understanding of how poems describe the lives we live, underpinned the impact of his presence with us. Mark was a quality speaker and provided those who came with an event to rank alongside any offered by PCN.

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Chair’s Update August 2015

Chair’s Update August 2015

PCN’s newly elected chair, Adrian Alker, brings us up to date on newly available resources and planned future events....

August 2015

This is my first news update to members of PCN since being elected chair of the trustees and I want to begin by thanking my fellow trustees for their encouragement to take up this role. I am following in the footsteps of Angela Smith and I want to first of all pay tribute to Angela’s dedicated service to PCN as chair and it is good that she is able to continue as a trustee. At our last meeting Paul Onslow was elected as vice chair and Sandra Griffiths as secretary and we look forward to the appointment of a new treasurer in the autumn.

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Adrian Alker is the new Chair of PCN Britain

Adrian Alker is the new Chair of PCN Britain

The Progressive Christianity Network Britain is pleased to announce the election of the Revd Canon Adrian Alker to be its new Chair, succeeding…...

​Adrian Alker was one of the founding members of PCN Britain in 2003. He was Vicar of St Marks Broomhill, Sheffield for twenty years and subsequently Director for Mission Resourcing in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. He was made an honorary canon of Sheffield Cathedral and awarded an honorary degree by the University of Sheffield for his work in the community.

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Getting Your Answers Questioned

Getting Your Answers Questioned

This was the title of a seminar in Newbury which Howard Grace, a PCN member, helped to organise.  The focus was on social conditioning and…...

Over sixty people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures came together in Newbury on March 8th to compare our responses to events like the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and subsequent killings. We wanted to explore to what extent each of our responses to such issues are conditioned by our cultural, religious or national backgrounds.

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Progressive Christians to set up a new group in Malvern

Progressive Christians to set up a new group in Malvern

If you live in south Worcestershire or Herefordshire, we’d like to invite you to be part of new meeting of progressive Christians which…...

We welcome to our new group anyone who is seeking a Christianity relevant to contemporary understanding. If you are finding the traditional doctrines of the church difficult or impossible to believe you will find in our group a safe place to share your ideas and doubts without fear of condemnation.

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On the Edge - a Progressive Christianity Lent Course for 2015

On the Edge - a Progressive Christianity Lent Course for 2015

We offer this five part Lent course prepared by the former PCN chair, John Churcher.  It comes free and can be used for personal reflection…...

This course is based on readings in the gospels of St Mark and St John. Each section consists of a carefully argued interpretation of the text interspersed with questions for discussion along the way and at the end of each section, encouragement to articulate your own conclusions.

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Seeking harmony between the world’s religions

Seeking harmony between the world’s religions

World Interfaith Harmony Week takes place this week.  Sign the Avaaz petition and watch a new Charter for Compassion video....

Less than a month after the Paris shootings, in the very week that the carnage of Kobani has been revealed, here is an attempt to light a candle in the wind. The aim of World Interfaith harmony Week is to ask us all to think of the small step that each of us can take, in the cause of harmony, even if it is simply to acknowledge our Muslim neighbour with a smile, or ask them round for a cup of tea. This message is being effectively promoted by the Charter for Compassion and we invite you to sign their petition on Avaaz. Each one of us is a decision maker - we can decide to do nothing or do something.

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Val Webb tour to be hosted by PCN groups

Val Webb tour to be hosted by PCN groups

Australian author and theologian, Dr Val Webb, makes a welcome return visit to the UK this April, with speaking engagements from Stirling to…...

Val’s books include Like Catching Water in a Net; Stepping Out with the Sacred; and In Defence of Doubt. She first visited the UK in 2013.

This year’s tour consists of ten venues across Britain, made possible through the collaboration of nine PCN groups and two progressive churches. All the hosts extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and hear her speak. Refreshments will be provided. Follow the links for details of each event.

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Young Irish theologian shakes up the Church

Young Irish theologian shakes up the Church

‘You can’t be satisfied; life is difficult; you don’t know the secret.  Stop selling God as the answer’ says Peter…...

This is a press release from the Progressive Christianity Network Britain and the Student Christian Movement. Together they are hosting a conference with Peter Rollins in November 2014

The Christian habit of trying to convince non-believers that their lives would be transformed if they could only find God is off the agenda for Peter Rollins. This popular young theologian is challenging the Church to adopt a new approach to faith which transcends the usual preoccupations of Christians.

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