PaulRasorThe Challenge of Liberal Theology in a time of declining liberalism - The Future of Faith lecture series with Paul Rasor

Saturday 6th October 11am, Rawtenstall Unitarian Church and Unity Centre, Bank Street, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 7QY

Liberalism,religious and otherwise, is under siege. Many liberal congregations are in decline; authoritarian impulses infest our social and political cultures; fake news and shrill slogans drown out reasoned argument and nuance; meanness and stinginess overpower openness and generosity. What kind of liberal theology is possible in these circumstances? Paul Rasor will argue that liberal theology today must be a theology of resistance, radical inclusiveness, and liberation. Hosted by the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry and Pendle Hill Quakers and supported by PCN BritainRead more.

ICdisabilityconf2018Something Worth Sharing - Inclusive Church Disability Conference

Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th October, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Disabled people can be isolated by experience or geography, and face barriers to belonging in churches and communities. What can we do to unlock gates and open our gifts? From access statements to advisory groups, using language and structure, connecting and gathering, this event will explore ideas and share practical resources for getting in and joining in. Speakers include: June Boyce-Tillman, Tim Goode, Fiona MacMillan, Ann Memmott, Emily Richardson and Sam Wells. Read more

MWBorgMarcus Borg Memorial Conference - ‘Days of Awe and Wonder: How we see makes all the difference’

Friday 19th - Saturday 20th October, St. Mark's Centre for Radical Christianity, Sheffield in partnership with PCN Britain

In this conference, Rev Canon Marianne Wells Borg will take extracts from the posthumous collection of Marcus’s work entitled Days of Awe and Wonder and will seek to explore with us what it means to be Christian today. What is the Christian story and how do we ‘see’ the world through the lens of Christian faith? Can our days indeed be filled with awe and wonder? Is how we see and pay attention what makes the difference? Read more

GVheaderGathering Voices: From welcome to affirmation

Saturday 27th October, 9.30am-4pm,
Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent campus

Together we will explore how to resource your church to become more inclusive so:

‘any person, regardless of sexuality or gender identity will find our local church to be a place of welcome, embrace, inclusion, affirmation and sanctuary’ - Oasis Foundation Open Church Charter

Keynote speakers include Gareth Streeter from Oasis UK, The Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Anglican Bishop of Stafford, Revd Dr Christina Beardsley. 

Gathering Voices is a collaboration of Christian & LGBT+ organisations including Accepting Evangelicals, the Evangelical Fellowship of Lesbian and Gay Christians, Open Table, The Sibyls and Stonewall. Read more

DeconstructionDeconstruction Retreat with Simon Cross

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November, The Hayes, Swanwick

Deconstruction is part of the human condition. We build things up, and then we become confined by them. It's only by consciously decontructing what we have built, that we can grow and develop. But it's a painful process, or it can be. And it's usually only precipitated by some kind of crisis, something that stops us in our tracks, and makes us realise that somethings have to change, a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a feeling of betrayal. The process of deconstruction gives rise to various conflicting feelings: guilt, liberation, fear, exhilaration... Dealing with such mixed feelings is hard, and in order to get through them with a sense of healthy progress, it can really help to take time to take stock. This short retreat is designed to do just that. Read more

Diarmuid O MurchuIncarnation: A new evolutionary threshold - Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu chaired by Revd Lucy Winkett

Sunday 4th November 1.45-3.30pm, St James' Picadilly, London. A Living Spirituality Connections event, in partnership with St James’ Piccadilly

Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.
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padraig o tuamaHope in Conflict & Rhythms of Peace - Corrymeela Weekend with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th November, Exeter

Discover creative ways to deal with conflict, from practitioners in different contexts: including Jo Berry, Jude Taylorson, Louisa Burnand, Jayme Reaves, Brother Jonathan Herbert and Brother Hugh, Bishop Peter Price and Rev Simon Taylor. The keynote address by Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community, is followed by panel discussion, then break-out groups where speakers will tell their own stories and lead discussions. Followed by an evening of poetry reading. Pádraig Ó Tuama will be the guest preacher at an ecumenical Christian Service on Sunday 18th November at 10.30am. Those of all faiths and none will be very welcome. Read more.