Rev Dr Susan Jones’ introductory talk is now online. Susan welcomed attendees of the 2018 Common Ground conference with an overview of the conference’s theme and a brief history of “progressive” Christianity. Her presentation placed the “environment and ecology” message of the conference in the context of theology and the revolution we need to be a part of. Link to Ecology, Theology, Revolution
Also online is Susan’s Sunday morning reflection at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, for “Planet Earth Sunday” in the Season of Creation.
We now have a separate page on Facebook for Conference information and updates. While you’ll still find information on the Progressive Christianity Aotearoa page, its newsfeed won’t be quite as full of Conference-related posts.
3rd PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE in Aotearoa New Zealand Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September 2018
St Andrew’s on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Theme: “Creation: Ecology, Theology, Revolution!”
Featuring local guest speakers – ecology, theology, revolution from a Kiwi perspective – including: Dr Emily Colgan—An ecological reading of the Bible
Hon Grant Robertson MP—People, environment, economy—the triple bottom line Te Kakano representative—Whenua and wairua: wellbeing for tangata whenua
PLUS Workshops: Well Being—Sande Ramage
Earthed! Progressive Christian Funerals—Rev Dr Jim Cunningham
Creating down to earth prayers—Bronwyn White
Labyrinth, local walks…
Lively panel of speakers discussing “How we do progressive!”
The fifth Common Dreams 2019 conference, Sydney will be held in Sydney on 11 – 14 July at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney. Matthew Fox has been booked as the distinguished international keynote speaker. Make a note in your diary & plan to attend what will prove to be another exciting & stimulating gathering of progressives featuring leading international, Australian, & New Zealand speakers & workshop leaders.
Jim McAloon’s Presentation at the Napier Conference – for those of you who were not there, and for those who were :)
I want to explore in this talk some of the histories of faith-based political engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand. If my emphasis is on the political sphere and public questions, that is partly reflecting my particular interests and partly because I think it is important for people of progressive faith to know our past.
Why do I say that? Because I think that one unfortunate consequence of the increased strength of conservative forces in many of the Christian churches in the last 30 or so years has been a weakening of the faith-based element in movements for social change, and an almost default setting in the popular media that Christian commitment implies social conservatism (a default setting that many of the leaders of what used to be called mainline denominations encourage, wittingly or otherwise). Continue reading Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts→
Booking for our May conference is going well and we do look forward to welcoming you to Napier. Napier and the wider Hawke’s Bay region have a fascinating history and plenty to see, scroll down to see some accommodation options for the conference – it is recommended that you book soon.Continue reading Accommodation for Hawkes Bay Conference→