July and August 2015 Newsletters

The July 2015 and August 2015 PCNV Newsletters are now available through the PCNV website.

David Galston in Melbourne

PCNV has combined with Common Dreams to bring Canadian Dr David Galston to Melbourne in late August. David is an outstanding Canadian leader. He is the Academic Director of the Westar Institute, the Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brock. He is also an Advisor for the SnowStar Institute of Religion (Canada) and the Quest Learning Centre (Hamilton, Ontario). He has played a key role, both in Canada and the United States, in the development of progressive forms of religion and theology, including being a founding member and chair of the Westar Institute’s new Seminar on God and the Human Future. David has published two books (Archives and the Event of God, McGill-Queens Press, and Embracing the Human Jesus, Polebridge Press) as well as written several articles for the Westar Institute magazine The Fourth R and academic journal Forum.

He will deliver a lecture on Friday evening 28 August at 7.00pm and will lead three sessions of Saturday 29 August starting at  10.00am.

Lecture: Friday 28 August 7.00 pm: “Has Religion a Future?”

Symposium (incl light lunch): Saturday 29 August:
10.00am “Has Jesus a Future?”
11.30 am “Has God a Future?”
1.30 pm “Is There a Post-Christian Christianity?”

and you assist event organisers and the caterer to plan for the meetings.

All sessions are at Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Rd, Toorak. The Saturday event includes lunch.

Bookings are essential and can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dr-davidgalston-the-future-of-religion-jesus-christianitytickets-17889549123?ref=estw
If you book before 21 August, there is a significant earlybird saving.

David Galston takes the conclusions of modern scholarship seriously to look for ways to experience religious value outside of traditional, supernatural, beliefs. This is an opportunity to consider a future that is different from the past.

A Local Small Group Experience that Keeps On Giving....

A discussion group of progressive Christians in the north west of Melbourne meets in Christ Church, Kensington, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7.30pm. The current discussions are based on video presentations by Father Richard Rohr called "Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy". For information contact Margaret Rolfe at: mrolfe@netspeed.com.au

Text of Rachael Kohn's Address to PCNV

On May 24 Rachael Kohn addressed a PCNV meeting on the topic "What's Temporary and What's Eternal in Current Spiritual Trends."

PCNV May 2015 Newsletter Now Available

The PCNV May 2015 Newsletter is now available with news of the successful first regional meeting in Geelong and upcoming presentations by Rachel Kohn and David Tacey. Click here to download the newsletter [422KB; PDF]

Greg Jenks: The Once and Future Bible: Reading the Scriptures Today

A presentation by Rev Dr Greg Jenks to the first regional PCNV forum held in April 2015.


Link: A Progressive Christian Voice

A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia) is a group of Christians who wish to contribute to public debate by promoting a generous and future-focused understanding of the Christian faith. Their website URL is: http://www.progressivechristians.org.au/

April 2015 Newsletter Now Available

The PCNV April 2015 Newsletter is now available with news of the first regional meeting in Geelong and much more! Click here to access the newsletter [867KB; PDF]

Is it Possible to be Christian in the Twenty First Century? - Text and Audio Files

A panel presentation to a meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria on 22 February 2015

The core understandings of traditional Christianity were developed within a worldview dramatically different from informed contemporary worldviews. Is it possible to be Christian today?

What could a positive and passionate contemporary Christianity look like?

1. Evolution has changed our understanding of humans.
What could a Christian understanding of human life be in the 21st century?

2. Biblical writings were regarded by many of our ancestors in the faith and some
commentators today as the divinely inspired Word of God and an exclusive guide to all truth. Contemporary studies and human experience have shown that there is a great diversity of ethical and theological assumptions among the Biblical authors reflecting the knowledge and context of these ancient writers.

How could a meaningful understanding and experience of the Bible enrich our Christian life and practice in the 21st century?

3. In the creeds of the early Christian centuries Jesus is depicted as a divine figure securing salvation through his sacrificial death. More recent biblical and historical studies have shown the varied understandings of Jesus in the first centuries of Christianity. 

What could a Christian understanding of Jesus be in the 21st century?