Text files are now available from the February 2014 Meeting: The Relevance of Jesus for Us Today

Continue to the following link to access the text files: http://pcnvictoria.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/february-meeting-relevance-of-jesus-for.html

St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington, seeks a full-time minister

From our friends at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington, NZ

We are looking for a minister to lead and inspire the progressive faith community of St Andrew’s on The Terrace. St Andrew’s is a vibrant Presbyterian church and a spiritual, cultural and intellectual hub in central Wellington. We are looking for an energetic minister who welcomes lay participation in worship, motivates people on their faith journey, and has a strong commitment to pastoral care and outreach to the wider community.

Key attributes and skills include:
·        Theological rigour and intellectual openness
·        Integrity, courage and a passion for social justice
·        Personal warmth and ability to build and maintain strong relationships
·        Ability to communicate and connect at multiple levels

For a parish profile please contact the Convenor of the Ministry Settlement Board, Rev. Sharon Ross Ensor, sharon.rossensor@gmail.com. We need to receive expressions of interest, including a CV and a covering letter, by 30 May 2014. You can find out more about St Andrew’s at: www.standrews.org.nz

February 2014 PCNV Newsletter

It provides an overview of the program of meetings for 2014 and details of the first two meetings on 23 February and 30 March.

PCNV Program for 2014

The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria

“The relevance of Jesus for us today”
Glen Iris Road, Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

“The NZ Hymnwriters and a Progressive theology”
WORKSHOP with The NZ Hymnbook Trust
North Balwyn Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

“Sex in the 1st and 21st Centuries: Chasm and Connection”
Professor Bill Loader
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

“How we can change our experience of Christianity”
An introduction to the influential book, “Christianity after Religion. The End of Church and the Beginning of a New Spiritual Awakening”
by Diana Butler Bass
and the launch of a two month period to encourage and resource groups to explore two selected issues and contribute responses.
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

“Imagination, vision and spirituality. Avoiding the pitfalls of progressive religious thought.”
Professor David Tacey
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

Being negotiated

“How we can change our experience of Christianity” Meeting 2.
Reports of proposals from groups and a process to identify strategies for desirable changes.
Glen Iris Road Uniting Church.
3.00pm to 5.00pm

Visit to Australia of Bernard Brandon Scott
Dates being negotiated

Being negotiated

Being negotiated

Biblical Wisdom Literature and Christian Theology

Hebrew Testament student, researcher, translator and teach Graham Ogden has penned the following essay which he has made available for reading by friends of PCNV. The summary of the article is:

Jesus, whatever else he was, was a Sage. His pithy sayings and parables indicate that he belonged to the ancient Israelite Wisdom tradition. That tradition must have been fully integrated into Israel's broad theological scene, but modern Christian theologians have found it nigh on impossible to incorporate that tradition into their theological structures. This is perhaps more true of the Protestant or Reformed tradition than of the Roman, but the overwhelming problem for Christian theology generally is that the Wisdom perspective cannot be made to fit into its narrower view. This is because of the essential nature of the Wisdom perspective given its international, and seemingly more “secular” approach to its advice, dependent upon shared human experience rather than on an external source of revelation. The essay will look at the many issues raised by Israel's Wisdom tradition and its possible contribution to a more “progressive” theology.

Text Files from February Meeting: The Relevance of Jesus for Us Today

Text Files are now available from the February 2014 meeting. To access the files click right here (208 KB; PDF)

The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria
invites you to
The Relevance of Jesus for Us Today
April Robinson, Alys Gagnon and Laura Cregan
A panel of people with with diverse professional backgrounds offer contemporary perspectives on Jesus with the emphasis on experience
WHEN: Sunday 23 February 2014
3.00pm to 5.00pm
WHERE: Glen Iris Road Uniting Church,
Glen Iris Road near the corner with High Street Road
Melway Map 60 A9. Parking in church grounds and the street.
APRIL ROBINSON: Jesus as Spiritual Guide: What Jesus might mean in the contemporary pluralistic world?
April notes that it’s often easier knowing what you don’t want, rather than what you do. With two young children, she started a degree in psychology but quickly learnt that was not what she wanted and found her place in community development.
Now through her Interfaith Relationships role with Uniting Church and her honours study, she has the opportunity to work in and research those places where race, religion, culture and identity meet in understanding ourselves. She works with a range of different media, melding poetry and performance with the esoteric and pragmatic, creating spaces for not only herself but others to explore and communicate how we understand ourselves, those around us and the communities in which we live.
ALYS GAGNON: Jesus as Social Prophet: Jesus and “son of God” metaphors; Can they still be a useful model for how to act justly in the current World?
Alys is a campaigner and organiser with over a decade of experience in progressive politics. This included work for State and Federal Labor MPs, and over five years in the National headquarters of the ALP. In 2013 she worked as a National Organiser on the Federal Election campaign, with responsibility for the ground campaigns in two states.
Alys is a lifelong Anglican who now works for the Uniting Church, Justice and International Mission in a role that, hand in hand with church members, lobbies and campaigns on social justice issues, both local and international and targeting Governments and corporate organisations.
LAURA CREGAN: Jesus as Movement Maker: Does the emphasis on Jesus detract from sense of Divinity in us all? Does Jesus keep getting in the way of what Jesus really has to offer?
Laura is currently a School Liaison worker with the Uniting Church in Melbourne. She came to Melbourne in January last year from Wollongong where she worked as a Child Youth and Family worker. Prior to this, in Newcastle, Laura worked in a range of capacities with at risk children, youth and families including School Chaplaincy in the Public School sector, casework and residential care work with teenagers in out of home care.
Laura has also worked on a range of programs such as helping early leavers; a program for teenagers who have been removed from School, School mentoring with the Catholic Schools office and is a facilitator for children and young people with the Season for Growth program assisting individuals with grief and loss.
Laura is currently a student at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Melbourne where she is developing a project for teenagers in out of Home Care. Her faith background has included involvement with Catholic, Pentecostal and Uniting Churches. Laura completed her Undergraduate degree in Social Work from Newcastle University and her Masters degree in Theology through the Sydney College of Divinity.

Text and Audio Addresses: Ethical Dilemmas in Saving and Taking Lives

The November 2013 meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria featured Rev Dr Allen Edwards, Dr Harley Powell and Associate Professor Christopher Wright addressing the topic Ethical Dilemmas in Saving and Taking Lives. The text and audio files of the addresses are now available.

Audio file now available: Kathy Ehrensperger's At the Table: Common Ground between Paul and the Historical Jesus

Click here to access resources from Kathy Ehrensperger's address to the PCNV including audio and text files.

Scholars Study Book of Acts as Second-Century Myth of Christian Origins

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?”