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.

PCN Spring Conference on Science and Religion

Saturday April 25th 2020 at the Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York

Bookings are now coming in for this conference and I would encourage you to book as soon as possible since places are limited to 100. For those who are coming, final details will be sent out before the conference asking you to give your first and second choices for the one of the three workshop topics: Cosmology, Climate Change, Medical Ethics. The cost of the day will be £12 for PCN members and £14 for others. Full details are now on the PCN website.

Important Notice from Inclusive Church

PCN members will be aware of the very hurtful statements made recently by the Church of England House of Bishops in regard to those entering into heterosexual civil partnerships, when the Church reiterated its conviction that sexual relationships should belong only within marriage. This is only part of the ongoing debate about sex and relationships and the C of E is due to publish a report Living in Faith and Love sometime this year which will no doubt be the cause of much debate. As elections to the General Synod take place this year, Inclusive Church has produced a leaflet which I am attaching, encouraging Anglican members of PCN to take action in regard to these elections! Full details and the leaflet are on the PCN website and below.

Marcus Borg Memorial Event

Members will recall that we raised sufficient money, following the untimely death of Marcus Borg, to enable PCN to hold an annual conference or other event in his honour. Plans are in hand for a final conference in the autumn which will once again honour Marcus and the enormous debt of gratitude owed to him for his inspiring writings and the conferences he led. At this stage may I ask only that you keep October 10th free if possible!

Greenbelt 2020

PCN will be at Greenbelt this year and once again we shall be looking for help on the stall over the festival weekend. Please do get in touch with me (adrian.alker@pcnbritain.org.uk) if you feel you can help. The dates are August 28th to 31st.

Members Residential retreat

This year’s retreat, again at Swanwick, will be on the weekend November 20/22. Further details will be made available soon but for now please note the dates.

The Next Three Year Strategy

Finally, as the trustees discuss what our priorities should be in the coming three years, it would be good to hear your views. What are the particular areas and concerns which you feel should be driving our organisation in the coming years? I would love to hear from you!

Adrian Alker.

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