We’ve added the bio of Hon Grant Robertson to our website. Grant will give the first speech at the conference. You can read his bio here.
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.
We’ve posted some things you need to know before registering for the Common Ground 2018 Conference.
The working group hopes you’ll take advantage of our early bird registration offer. Online registration will be available soon.
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 email@example.com
Programme information and Registration forms available soon!
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
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.
Tickets for the Common Dreams Conference are now available through Eventbrite at https://commondreams5.eventbrite.com
We’ve upgraded the website to an easier-to-remember domain name and no ads version. Find us now at: progressivechristianityaotearoa.com.
Registration for next year’s conference will be via this site, and we wanted you to have an easier website name to go to.
Our email address is still firstname.lastname@example.org. Save it to your Contacts list now!
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
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).
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
Common Dreams Conference
Progressive Spirituality: New Directions
16-19 September 2016
Somerville House, 17 Graham Street South Brisbane
It would be great if a few kiwis can get over and join this. There are some excellent speakers, a parallel programme for emerging generations, panel discussions, lots of electives and an artist in residence. Other familiar names to NZers are Margaret Mayman and Ian Lawton. MORE INFORMATION
At the end of August 2014, the “Beyond the Borders” conference in Auckland attracted several of us from Hawke’s Bay.
We were excited to be there, in company with those for whom inclusivity is paramount and orthodoxy is inadequate.
We strongly identify with Progressive Spirituality, difficult as it is to define.
At least it is a movement of sharing and support for those, in and out of the churches, who identify as progressive. We were challenged (at a convivial conference dinner at St Luke’s Remuera) to consider hosting the next conference. So here we are, on the way to a next event…
Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy and Empire
6 – 8 May 2016
St Pauls Church 89 Tennyson Street Napier
Continue reading Hawkes Bay Here we Come
from Sophie Parish (Freelance Reporter & Photographer) for an article in Touchstone, a Methodist publication to appear end of August. Continue reading Dick Carter of Common Dreams replies to 3 x questions on Beyond the Boarders Progressive Spirituality Conference NZ