February 2015 Newsletter

Here is the first PCNV Newsletter for 2015 with a tribute to Marcus Borg, a Karen Armstrong book review and news about the first meeting of 2015. Click here to access [628KB; PDF]

PCNV November 2014 Newsletter

The PCNV November 2014 Newsletter is now available with news of the last meeting of the year, AGM and other happenings in and around the worlds of progressive religion.

A View from Excommunication in the Catholic Church: A Priest's Story

The October 2014 meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria provided a unique opportunity to hear the personal story and experiences of a priest excommunicated by the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Melbourne for progressive views.

TOPIC: "A View from Excommunication in the Catholic Church: A Priest's Story"
SPEAKER: Father Greg Reynolds

The text of Greg's address is now available by clicking here [94KB; PDF]. You can access an audio version of Greg's address by visiting the PCNV Download Store here.

Fr Greg Reynolds is a former parish priest in the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Melbourne who has now been excommunicated from the Catholic Church.  The reasons given include his work for the equality of homosexual persons in the Catholic Church, plus his advocacy of ordination for Catholic women.   Fr Greg will tell his story, including his establishment of an unofficial Catholic community called 'Inclusive Catholics'.

Bernard Brandon Scott Audio File: The New Paul

The audio file from Bernard Brandon Scott's presentation on the above title are now available at the article on that event. Click here to go there.

Presentation from Greg Jenks to PCNV: August 2014

Greg Jenks delivered two presentations to the PCNV in August 2014. Below are links to YouTube videos of the two presentations. The first presentation is actually a version Greg delivered to the Snowstar Institute in Canada, as that has was a higher quality video than that produced from the PCNV event.

Audio Files from Progressive Wisdom Ways Presentation Now Available

The audio files from Graham Ogden's and Coralie Ling's presentation on the above title are now available at the article on that event. Click here to go there.

PCNV August 2014 Newsletter Now Available

The August 2014 PCNV Newsletter is now available with news of the coming events with Greg Jenks and Bernard Brandon Scott. Click here to download the newsletter now. [302KB; PDF]

Progressive Wisdom Ways

On Sunday 27 July the PCNV meeting heard presentations from Coralie Ling and Graham Ogden about Progressive Christianity and Wisdom. Recent biblical scholarship has given increased attention to a neglected part of Jewish and Christian traditions about Wisdom that open fresh understandings of Jesus with implications for progressive Christianity.

GRAHAM OGDEN discussed the special features of Old Testament Wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiates) that make it unique in the Old Testament. It ignores the features of ancient Israelite history and its traditions and leaders and instead derives its advice from human experience. There are insights for a more progressive Christian theology. 

Graham has academic qualifications from Australia, Durham in UK and Princeton in USA, is the author of a number of biblical commentaries, and has missionary experience with CMS in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. He is currently working on a new Chinese Study Bible.

Graham is a long term member of PCNV.
CORALIE LING spoke about the liberating Sophia/Wisdom experience that she has
had along with many feminist theologians, members of discussion groups and some
congregations. Wisdom theology has strong ecological and mystical dimensions and shares
these dimensions with process theology. 

Coralie is a feminist liberation theologian with an interest in creative liturgy and multi-faith perspectives. She currently convenes the women’s committee of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA). She is a Uniting Church minister, ordained 45 years ago, and has worked in a number of country and city churches. Coralie is on the Committee of PCNV.

Audio Recording of Bernard Brandon Scott in Melbourne

BRANDON SCOTT is a leading international New Testament scholar, writer and teacher. He is the author and editor of many books, including Hear Then the Parable, The Trouble with Resurrection, and Reimagine the World. His new book Rediscovering the Apostle Paul will be released shortly.

A charter Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he is chair of Westar’s newly established Christianity Seminar. He served as chair of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of several SBL Seminars, including the Parable Seminar and Historical Jesus Seminar. Brandon was for many years until his recent retirement the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In September 2014 he returned to Australia to deliver a series of lectures. His Melbourne lecture entitled Understanding the New Paul is now available at the PCNV Download Store. Click here to go to the store.