Nau mai, haere mai!
Welcome to freedom of faith and action.
Welcome to Progressive Christianity Aotearoa
COMMON GROUND 2018 CONFERENCE
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September 2018
St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington
“Creation: Ecology, Theology, Revolution!”
Who we are and what we mean
“Progressive Christian” can encompass a wide range of views, but characteristics often include:
- valuing questioning over certainty
- inviting people to participate without insisting they become like us
- discovering the heart of Jesus’ teaching and practice of love through social justice and ethical living.
Progressive Christianity Aotearoa is a space for people exploring just living, spirituality and faith with 21st century sensibilities, especially in a South Pacific context.
“The real reason why progressive Christianity exists is not to prune away archaisms and false accretions. It exists to be an authentic gospel voice, to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ life and teaching: a vision of humanity united to the sacred and to one another in love and justice.”—Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
“Progressive isn’t a place. It is a state of mind and the next step from wherever you find yourself entrenched. Whether in the church, in your workplace, or in your relationships, a progressive perspective is characterized by openness, passion, creativity and willingness to explore beyond wherever you are at the moment.”— from the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity
“Being a progressive Christian, for me, means living with faith not belief. And by faith, I mean not ‘having faith’ but living faithfully: faith as a verb, faith as action, faith as following the Jesus Way without being sure where it will take us. It’s about looking at familiar things in a new way, valuing our traditions and creating new ones.”—Bronwyn Angela White