Category Archives: Conferences and Events

from the conference: “ecology, theology & revolution”

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.

 

“Witness to Change, Reflections on Reaching 100” – Lloyd Geering book launch

Emeritus Professor Sir Lloyd Geering is launching his latest book “Witness to Change, Reflections on Reaching 100″ (Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers 2018)

Friday 17 August at 6.00 pm
Conference rooms 1 & 2 
St Andrew’s Conference Centre
30 The Terrace, Wellington (elevator available for those who need it)

Details on our Events pages

Conference 2018 Facebook page

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.

Creation: ecology, theology, revolution on Facebook

 

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Latest conference information

Another guest speaker, draft Programme, easier-to-complete Registration form, detailed information about transport, catering, accommodation, parking – and more!

Register for Common Ground 2018 Conference

“Creation: Ecology, Theology, Revolution”
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 September 2018
St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington
Opens 3.00pm on Friday; closes after church and morning tea on Sunday.

Download the REGISTRATION FORM

See more information here: COMMON GROUND 2018 CONFERENCE

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General conference information

We’ve posted some things you need to know before registering for the Common Ground 2018 Conference.

Information on registration, conference fees, catering, accommodation and transport options is here, and will be updated from time to time.

The working group hopes you’ll take advantage of our early bird registration offer. Online registration will be available soon.

Conference Working Group

Wondering who’s on the planning team for this year’s conference?

The Conference working group is: Rev Dr Susan Jones (Convenor), Geraldine Coats, Ray Coats, Peter Cowley, Jim Cunningham, Maxine Cunningham, Pam Fuller, Adrian Skelton and Bronwyn White (Secretary)

Got Conference related questions? Contact Bronwyn at progressivechristianitynz@gmail.com

Programme information and Registration forms available soon!

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latest on Common Ground 2018 Conference

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 ColganAn 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!”

 

Common Dreams 2019 conference, Sydney

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.

Tickets for the Common Dreams Conference are now available through Eventbrite at https://commondreams5.eventbrite.com

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“Reformation 2.0, Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?”

Sea of Faith Conference

6 to 8 NOVEMBER 2017, Silverstream

“Reformation 2.0, Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?”

Keynote and guest speakers: Sir Lloyd Geering, Rachael Kohn, Sue Bradford and Hal Taussig. Elective lectures by Clay Nelson, Tom Hall and Doug Sellman.

Find more information and download conference brochure here

Sea of Faith: the national religious discussion network, exploring spirituality, religion and ethics

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Conference – early September 2018 – Wellington

Common Ground 2018 – early September 2018 – Wellington, New Zealand

The Progressive Christianity Aotearoa Network invites you to New Zealand’s 3rd PROGRESSIVE SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE, to be held on the first or second weekend in September 2018 (TBA).

 

Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts

jim-macaloonJim 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

Accommodation for Hawkes Bay Conference

Pictured here, five of the Hawke’s Bay planning team: Adrian, Helen, Christine, Sally, and Tony. Not in the picture this time: Kerry (financial tracking), Lisa (registrations), and Ingrid.
Pictured here, five of the Hawke’s Bay planning team: Adrian, Helen, Christine, Sally, and Tony. Not in the picture this time: Kerry (financial tracking), Lisa (registrations), and Ingrid.

From your Hawkes Bay Planning Team:

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