Jack Spong, leading progressive, taken ill

Jack Spong, leading progressive, taken ill

PCN Britain is saddened to learn that Bishop John Shelby Spong, one of the worlds most inspiring religious speakers, has suffered a stroke

The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, made the following announcement yesterday

On Saturday morning Bishop Jack Spong had a stroke before a speaking engagement in Marquette, Michigan. The next few days are very important. His wife Christine and the Spong family would be grateful for your prayers

PCN Chair, Adrian Alker said this morning,

We are all deeply saddened to learn of Jack’s stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and those caring for him, hoping he makes a good recovery. It seems unlikely that his speaking engagements in the UK in October will go ahead and so we are suspending ticket sales for his engagements in Cardiff, Maidenhead and Malvern. We will clarify the situation as soon as we can.

Latest situation (20th September 2016)

Bishop John Shelby Spong has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital near his home. There is reason to hope that he will make a recovery. However, it remains very unlikely that he could travel to Europe next month. Where PCN has sold tickets for his speaking engagements we have asked the event organisers to notify ticket holders that the tour is unlikely to go ahead. We have suspended further ticket sales. As soon as we get official confirmation that the tour is cancelled, ticket holders will be offered a refund.


1 On 15/09/2016 David Ireson in Exmouth wrote:

I am very sorry to hear about Jack and sincerely hope he will come through in the months ahead. I have met him several times and valued studying several of his books.

I have a ticket for the Birmingham.event, booked a hotel for the Friday night and bought rail tickets from Devon and back on the Saturday.

If another PCN speaker can lead the day that would be good; otherwise put my ticket money into PCN funds.

2 On 16/09/2016 Julie Grove wrote:

We at Carrs Lane are devastated by the news of Jack’s illness and the likelihood that he will be unable to come on 29th October.

I’m sorry, David…I guess there will be lots of people in your position - because ticket sales have gone really well - but I am doing my best to find another speaker although Jack’s shoes are very difficult to fill!

News of alternative arrangements will be posted here and on the church website: www.carrslane.co.uk

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