New PCN group launches in West Sussex
The first meeting will be in February 2016 in The Chapel at Billingshurst
Thursday February 4th sees the start of a second PCN group in West Sussex. The Billingshurst group will meet on the first Thursday of every month in ‘The Chapel at Billingshurst’ at 8pm.
At their inaugural meeting the group will discuss PCN’s Eight Points, newly revised in 2015, and also look at different approaches to meditation. The meeting will endeavour draft out plans for future meetings depending on the interests of those present. The convenor, Stuart Coupe, says the group is open to all.
“Attenders need not describe themselves as Christians in order to attend; anybody interested in spirituality and religion generally will find themselves welcome so long as they are inclusive and respectful of others’ approaches and ideas. Going forward we welcome others to lead sessions or aspects of sessions, as they are able.”
There is no cost, however any donation to help to sustain The Chapel will be gratefully received.
Sessions start at 8.00 pm and end between 9.00 and 9.30 pm.
Venue: The Chapel at Billingshurst, High Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex. For satellite navigation purposes the Chapel is more easily found by going to the rear entrance in Laker’s Meadow, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9NP
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org on 01403 260046.
The aims of the group are
- To explore how progressive Christian thinking, values, living and practice might fully manifest themselves in our lives.
- To share in Christian- based contemplative and meditative practices.
- To support each other in regular reading, including but not exclusive to Biblical scripture and to share in discussion about the interpretation and implications of such reading.
- To explore some of the progressive academic approaches, historical and scientific discoveries, personal experiences and ideas that fall within the broad framework of the Christian tradition.
- To contemplate and enjoy how progressive Christian ideas are expressed through artistic expression.
- To provide a loving, respectful community that functions as part of the inclusive nature of The Chapel and which sits in line with the PCN’s eight points.
PCN Britain’s other affiliated group in West Sussex is at Worthing
PCN Britain's Eight Points
We are people who:
1. Seek God, however understood, guided by the life and teachings of Jesus
2. Affirm that there are many ways to experience the Sacred and that we can draw on diverse sources of wisdom on our spiritual journeys.
3. Recognise that following Jesus leads us to act with compassion and to confront evil.
4. Place hospitality at the centre of our communal and worshipping life and see the sharing of bread and wine as an expression of our common humanity.
5. Seek to build communities that accept all who wish to share companionship without insisting on conformity.
6. Know that the way we behave towards others is the fullest expression of our faith.
7. Gain more insights in the search for understanding than we do in certainty.
8. Work together within and beyond the Church to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.