Click here to access resources from Kathy Ehrensperger's address to the PCNV including audio and text files.
Have a look at this blog entry at the Westar site and some of the significant discussion that it generated:
Polebridge Press recently released the final report of a decade-long study on the biblical book of Acts carried out by the Acts Seminar, a collaborative research effort led by scholars affiliated with the Westar Institute. Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report was launched at Westar Institute’s “Early Christianity: Heritage or Heresies?” Conference in Santa Rosa, California, on Friday, October 25th. Members of the Acts Seminar were present to comment on the report. The Acts Seminar scholars set out to answer the questions, “When was Acts written? What historically can Acts tell us about Christian origins?”
Kathy Ehrensperger's Address to the PCNV: At the Table: Common Ground between Paul and the Historical Jesus
On August 14, 2013 Reader in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales Dr. Kathy Ehrensperger addressed the PCNV with an address entitled At the Table: Common Ground between Paul and the Historical Jesus
Following on the Rev Dr Chris Page's contribution on the subject of 'Re-enchantment' at the June meeting of PCNV, the October meeting will pick up the 're-enchantment' theme. The meeting will take the form of thinking about the spirituality of progressive Christian thinkers. In particular it will unpack the idea of 'Love is God', using music, imagery, scripture, reflection, video, ritual and short discussion. Leaders will be Lorraine Parkinson, Lorna Henry, John Bodycomb and Coralie Ling.
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The September 2013 edition of the PCNV Newsletter is now available. Click right here to open the newsletter [PDF; 175KB]
The attached September Newsletter for the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria is a shorter edition than usual to keep in touch, provide a few articles and give you early notice of the date of the October meeting which will also be the occasion for the 2013 Annual General Meeting for which you will receive formal notice in about two weeks.
A continuation of the conversation with Joseph Bessler, author of A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better. In this second episode the conversation explores the "renewed quest" led by Robert Funk and the Jesus Seminar. We explore the reasons for this quest and the forces that drove it.
Click here for information about the book A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better and an audio interview with the author Joseph Bessler from the Westar Institute website.
The website notes: The question of the historical Jesus is not only a historical question but also a historic one. And historic questions can be the most scandalous, says Joe Bessler, because they challenge the assumptions governing societies. Like Galileo questioning the Ptolemaic universe, historic questions transgress the limits of authority, belonging, and institutional legitimacy. Each of the three quests of the historical Jesus from the original quest in the early 20th century, through the new quest, to the renewed quest in the late 20th century has opened up new questions. In A Scandalous Jesus, Bessler seeks to capture the historic questions that surround and shape research on the historical Jesus and assess the impact of the differing quests on theological and cultural life.
On Sunday 28 July faith based researcher Rev Dr Philip Hughes presented to the PCNV on the topic “The Australian churches – Are they going down the drain?”
You can access a video presentation containing the presentation slides used by Philip along with the audio from the presentation by clicking this text here to begin downloading the mp4 video file. Please be aware that the file is 66MB in size and can't be readily presented in other forms, which is why we are offering it for download here.