PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

TO ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ACROSS THE NETWORK

As the situation regarding the coronavirus worsens, the trustees of PCN have made the following decisions as of today, March 18th:

1. The AGM and Film Launch, due to take place on Saturday 21 March has already been cancelled.

2. We have decided to postpone the conference, ‘Thinking Science, Thinking Faith’, which was due to take place in York on April 25th. All those who booked will have their money refunded. We hope the conference will go ahead at a time when it is safe to do so.

3. The third major PCN gathering is due to take place on Saturday 10th October, when we have invited the Revd Deshna Shine, Executive Director of the Progressive Christianity organisation in the USA to speak at the fifth and final Marcus Borg memorial conference. This is scheduled to take place at the Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham and our hope is that this conference may go ahead. Please do book the date in your diary and we will keep you informed of developments.

4. It is greatly disappointing that we will be unable, at present, to mount a number of film launches, when we bring folk together to watch the films we have commissioned. The only compensation is that we have time now to complete all six films, to give them subtitles and to launch them on a new dedicated website, which is in the process of being developed. We will be developing ways in which we create an online forum for discussion about the issues raised in the films. Those in groups might want to set up virtual meetings when each member can view the films and exchange their views etc. We will let you know when ‘Made of Stories’ kicks off!

May I repeat that our first concern is for the wellbeing of all our members, who are used to coming to PCN events and also attending local groups. All such gathering activity will probably cease for the time being. However we are determined that our on-line presence and other ways forms of communication with each other will continue. We shall use this time to make improvements to our website and put greater effort into fulfilling our aims through various media platforms. And, as trustees, we once more thank you for your membership and wish you well at this time.

Adrian Alker, Chair of the trustees

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