Recent Audio Files from the PCNV: Robin Meyers; Rowena Allen; Lucas Taylor

As well as audio files on spiritual communities of resistance from Dr Robin Meyers' visit to Melbourne, you can download new audio files of Rowena Allen (Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner) talk about inclusivity as a mark of faith and Lucas Taylor from the Beyondering project talk about that project.

May 2016 Newsletter

The PCNV May 2016 Newsletter is now available with news of Robin Meyer's visit to Melbourne and details of Hugh Mackay's coming address to the network. Click here to download the newsletter [317KB; PDF]. The article by Val Webb that is referred to in the Newsletter can be downloaded here [123KB; PDF]

Link: Progressive Spirituality Aotearoa New Zealand

Progressive Spirituality NZ is a site for people exploring just living, spirituality and faith with 21st century sensibilities, especially in an Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Dr Robin Meyers in Melbourne

The audio files from Dr Robin Meyers time in Melbourne are now available at the PCNV Audio File store. Because of some quality issues with the files, they have been made available for a nominal fee of  $0.50 Click here to go to the store.

Below is the original information about Robin's visit to Melbourne:

One of the most exciting thinkers in today’s church is coming to Melbourne.

Dr Robin Meyers is Senior Minister with the fastest growing United Church of Christ, Kansas-Oklahoma, a Professor at Oklahoma City University, and best-selling author.

Hosted by Common Dreams on the Road, and the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria

At the Uniting Centre, 54 Serrell St. Malvern East:

Friday 13 May, 7:30pm: 

‘The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus’

Saturday 14 May, 11:00am – 4:00pm:

‘From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Saviour: The Heresy of Orthodoxy’
‘Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance’
‘Quantum Physics & the Future of God: How Science is Redefining the Almighty’

Cost (including lunch on Saturday and tea/coffee breaks):

Friday evening only: $12; ($10 PCNV Members)
Friday & Saturday Sessions: Earlybird (by 4 May 2016) $55;
Regular $65 (Members: Earlybird $50; Regular $60)

Registrations essential: Click here for online registrations

For enquiries or a registration form call 03 9571 4575 or email

Hosted by the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria

PCNV Program: February to July 2016

PCNV PROGRAM: February to July 2016

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 3.00pm: “What might progressive faith projects look like for younger generations?” Lucas and Shaz Taylor. See details later in this newsletter.
Venue: Blackburn North/Nunawading Uniting Church, Nunawading. Melway 48 F9.

NOTE: There is no PCNV meeting in March to avoid clashes with Easter dates
SUNDAY 10 APRIL 3.00pm: “Inclusivity as a Mark of Faith?” Rowena Allen, ‎Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality.
Venue: Blackburn North/Nunawading Uniting Church, Nunawading
MAY 10 – 15: Series of events with Rev Dr Robin Myers, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, the Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University, the best selling author of seven books, a widely travelled lecturer and preacher on behalf of Progressive Christianity. His 2012 book, The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus has made a special impact. 

SUNDAY 26 JUNE, 3.00pm: “The Good Life and Spirituality”. Hugh Mackay, social researcher and author of sixteen books, ten in the field of social psychology and ethics.
Venue: Stonnnington Community Uniting Church; Ewing Campus; 59 Burke Rd, East Melbourne
SUNDAY 24 JULY, 2.30pm to 5.30pm: “Jesus the Messiah: a Jewish view via the steppes of Moab”. Rabbi Aviva Kipen. 
An expanded meeting to allow time for a variety of activities to explore the topic. Venue to be announced.

February 2016 Newsletter

The February 2016 Newsletter is now available with reflections on Marcus Borg's contribution to progressive Christian thought, information on Lorraine Parkinson's new book and the schedule of PCNV meetings for 2016 amongst other things. Click here to download now [310KB; PDF]. Note There is an error on page 6 of the Newsletter. The second meeting for this year will be on SUNDAY 10 APRIL not Sunday 20 April.

A Unique Ministry Opportunity at Melbourne's Iconic, Progressive City Church

St Michael’s Church is located in the heart of the world’s most liveable city – Melbourne, Australia.
A unique opportunity has become available for a Minister who embraces contemporary, progressive Christian Theology and has an understanding of the dimensions that contribute to psycho-spiritual wellbeing in us all.

You must be a very well researched and inspiring preacher who understands the opportunities a 
well-resourced city church can offer.

You will also:
  • Have strong leadership ability and dynamic communication skills.
  • Be able to inspire, energise and facilitate growth in the congregation, the life of the Church and its mission locally and globally.
  • Be committed to ongoing theological education integrating other disciplines, contemporary thinking and promotion of mental wellbeing.
  • Be an advocate of the Jesus Seminar.
  • Demonstrate experience, creativity and innovation in the development, management and evaluation of community projects.
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with others in the Uniting Church in Australia and beyond.
  • Understand the dynamics of a city Church where all are accepted.
  • Show how you have supported pastoral care initiatives.

For further information or to apply, please email for a confidential response.

Closing date: 19 February 2016.

World-views and Their Implications

PCNV member Graham Ogden discusses how each world-view dictates what we find in any text:

Audio Files from David Tacey, Sara Sabbagh, Janet Turpie-Johnson and David Galston

The PCNV Audio Download Store now has the following audio files to purchase and download:
  • Wisdom from the First Peoples of the Land. Aboriginal Spirituality: Janet Turpie-Johnson
  • Embracing the Human Jesus: David Galston
  • Beyond Literal Belief; Religion as Metaphor: David Tacey
  • The Beauty of Islam: Sara Sabbagh 

September 2015 PCNV Newsletter

The September 2015 PCNV Newsletter is now available for download. Click here to download [380KB; PDF]