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Canadian Conference – 1-3 September 2017

Planning a visit to Canada?

Why not attend this event in Edmonton Everwonder

Ever Wonder: An Expansive Spirituality Conference

For details and registrations go to:  Everwonder

What could spiritual community look like for those who have journeyed beyond a system of beliefs?

Ever Wonder…

What ethical compass do we have for navigating these times in which we live?

What do humanists, spiritual but not religious, atheists, and progressive Christians have in common and offer to the common good?

Whether there is a place for spirituality in our activism for a better world?

How to nurture an expansive spirituality rooted in values rather than beliefs?

What teachings the universe story might hold for us?

How to cultivate meaningful community while preserving individual freedom?

Where to find a hospitable place to explore these and other questions?

Ever Wonder is a conference for spiritual seekers who are open to wisdom from many sources, eager to learn from one another and willing to explore beyond the boundaries of belief systems.

Join us to experience meaningful music, inspiring spiritual gatherings, informative theme presentations, panel discussions, and workshops along with opportunities to have meaningful conversations with others exploring values based spirituality.  We will also celebrate the work of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity (2004-2016) and explore ways to cultivate an expansive spiritual network to serve us now.

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“Resurrection – What can it mean today?”

Our next Caloundra Explorers Gathering is on the week after Easter-  Sunday 23rd April at 5pm.

Following so closely oJohn Everalln the Easter period, our Leaders for this Gathering have chosen their Theme based on the issues that “Resurrection? ” raises for  a progressive thinking church goer, and certainly, in a challenged way, for those that have become infrequent visitors to the tradition in which they were brought up within family and later youth groups.

This Gathering will be fascinating and possibly a little unsettling for some. However, our discussions over the byo light meal during the proceedings are always supportive and opinion can be expressed safely.  All discussion will be helpful to take our thinking a further stage on our own “exploring journey”. …….  “Looking at the Resurrection with new(modern?) eyes”.

YOUR INVITATION:

April 23rd   Sunday  5pm-7pm  “Gathering” : Explorers lead a very special evening with the title “Resurrection? – What can it mean today”.  This will follow 1st century thinking as it develops into present day 21st century understandings . For some, Easter can bring doubts and concerns to the surface and this Gathering is an invitation to safely take one’s “exploring journey” a stage further.  The liturgy and discussion develop respectfully around a byo light meal. Challenging but Refreshing! “It is OK to raise doubts”. Come along!  A Faith And the Modern Era activity. Margaret Ph.5438 2789, Sylvia Ph.5492 2450, John  m:0408 624 570

We would particularly like to welcome again new friends –local and regional – that we met for our February Gathering and its  Michael Morwood inspired discussions.    Put the date in your diary!

Bring a Friend.

Shalom,  John  Everall

Explorers Group  Faith And the Modern Era Series

Caloundra Uniting Church Hall – 56 Queen Street  Caloundra

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Cry of the Earth and her People – Sisters of Mercy Brisbane

John HaughtFrom ‘Earthlink”  –                                             Wine, Cheese and Conversation

Thursday, 11 May, 5.30-7pm, at Delamore, Turner Road, Kedron.  Join us as we listen to the next in the series about “Cry of the Earth and her People”.  The speaker this time is John Haught, (publications), who is a Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University. He specializes in systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion.

No need to reply. Just come, and bring something to drink and nibble during the first half-hour.

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ARRCC is now in Brisbane – workshop 8th April (note corrected date)

Following our request for more links to groups addressing environmental concerns, we received the following advice from Renee Hills (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change):

Civil Resistance WoARRCCrkshop

 Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and ARRCC1ARRCC2others saw that sometimes a situation calls for action rather than words. Many of us in the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) are feeling that now is such a time. We are planning some specific nonviolent direct actions (NvDA) soon.

To prepare, ARRCC is hosting some one-day workshops with facilitators from Pace e Bene who specialise in NvDA skills development and the spirituality of non-violence.

 You may want to be involved, or you may simply want to learn more about what civil resistance involves and explore whether or not you want to participate in some way. This will be a safe environment, with plenty of opportunity to raise questions and concerns.

Nonviolence is at the heart of the Gospels and all the major faiths.

“To practice nonviolence, first of all we have to practice it within ourselves.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Date: Saturday April 8th (note correction), 9.30 for 10 am start, finishing at 4 pm

Where: Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan campus, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan.

Facilitator: Jason MacLeod and Penny Barrington, Pace e Bene

Suggested donation: $50 or $15 concession (but price is not a barrier – contact us.)

Enquiries: 02 9150 9713 or info@arrcc.org.au

RSVP essential: here

Where doctrine meets science – Kevin Treston

EarthA well attended seminar led by Dr Kevin Treston last Saturday heard about the impact of new scientific movements on the Christian story. Based on his new book Who do you say I am? The Christ story in the cosmic context, we were invited into the world of evolution, cosmology and the anthropic principle, connectivity in the universe, God as primal energy of love, quantum physics, emergence theory, morphic resonance, globalisation, DNA and genetics, global warming, consciousness, and inclusive global spirituality.

KevinTrestonWhile Kevin does not claim to be an expert on any one of these topics, he does have a good breadth of understanding of their basic principles. His book focuses on the challenges to the contemporary Christian churches that resists moving their doctrine along with new understandings. Many of these scientific discoveries offer new critiques for traditional views of fall and redemption, understandings of the incarnation and the significance of the coming of Jesus as the Christ. In terms of the latter, was it a result of the breakdown of humanity’s relations with God or the regeneration of life through the Jesus as Christ in the magnificent unfolding evolutionary story of the universe?

All of the presentation was a stimulus to read Kevin’s book where the Christ story is told and celebrated within the context of modern science, especially evolution and cosmology. After hearing Kevin I was even more attracted to the documentaries by Professor Brian Cox! Kevin goes to considerable pains to ensure that all of this links to very practical features for Christian life each day. In his words: The warning for Christianity is that unless Christianity integrates its core teachings with positive features of the emerging modern world in which we live, Christianity will be further marginalised to the fringes of society and lose its treston-bookinfluence for the betterment of people and the earth community.

Published by: Morning Star Publishing $19.95

To order: contact sales@morningstarpublishing.net.au or a local bookstore or

Kevin: kevintreston@gmail.com

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Who do you say I am?

Merthyr Explorers invites you to a Saturday morning seminar:

Saturday 11th March 2017, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

including morning tea of yummy hot scones, tea and coffee.

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?treston-book

The Christ story in the cosmic context

In Who do you say I am?, Kevin Treston explores the features of a Cosmic Christian Story that situates God’s revelation in Jesus as the Christ firmly within the evolving dynamics of creation. It is a Story that takes account of modern science, especially cosmology, quantum physics, energy field thKevinTrestoneories, genetics, globalisation, technology, and neuroscience that are changing forever how humans live as citizens of the planet.

Dr Kevin Treston will give an insight into the content of the book and there will be time to explore the concepts together. Kevin is a well known author and consultant. He has worked globally for many years in the areas of education, spirituality, theology and pastoral ministry.

Cost: $15 including morning  tea

Please register your intention to attend so we have numbers for catering purposes.

This book will be on sale for $20. Please note: no EFTPOS facility available. Cash or cheque only.

Enquiries and registrations:   Phone – 0409 498  403

or  Email: drgarn@bigpond.net.au

Merthyr Road Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm

Bus Stop 13 on Bus Route 196. On street parking available.

Following the sessions there will be an opportunity to discuss how progressive groups across all churches and other independent groups can network together more effectively.

 

 

 

Caloundra Explorers – Invitation

Explorers Group – Caloundra Uniting Church   

Your invitation to Explorers Group                  

       A Faith And the Modern Era series

SUNDAY 19th FEBRUARY

A   Sunday “Gathering” at 5pm sunset led by The Explorers Group in the Church Hall

This is the new approach to the Church’s scheduled “3rd Sunday in February” ‘Alternative’ evening service. We each bring a small byo light finger food supper plate to share during discussion around the table as part of the activity.  Tea, coffee and cold drinks are supplied. There is always plenty to go around.

Contact person for the “Gathering” is John Everall   Ph 5492 4229.

This Month’s Gathering is developed around a proposition put to 300 delegates at the Common Dreams 2016 Conference in Brisbane by acclaimed speaker Michael Morwood.

We will listen to him discuss:  “Three key questions that need to be raised and answered in any process of adult religious faith formation:

  • What are you asking me to imagine?
  • Where did that imagination come from?
  • How does that image or picture of reality fit with what I know of reality today?

Let’s start with “GOD”

Quoting Michael’s opening:  “Galaxies like the Milky Way probably have about 17 billion earth size planets. In the grand schema of galaxies, stars and planets, planet Earth rates in comparison with it all as little more than what a speck of dust is to hundreds of millions of planets. A speck of dust.

So, here we are on this speck of dust– and we think we know what “God” is?”

THEN DISCUSSION OVER OUR SHARED MEAL FOLLOWED BY A PERIOD OF CONTEMPLATION/PRAYER AS PART OF THE “Gathering”.

Everyone can feel at ease in contributing to conversation in this safe place.

 

 

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN THIS Faith And the Modern Era series.

It is for ALL, not just Explorers.

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Seminar:

Join us for an evening of stimulating ideas and discussion

THE JOURNEY OF LIFE: BASIC TO NEW DIRECTIONS FOR SPIRITUALITY

Presented by Dr Noel Preston AM

Featuring the Emmy Award winning DVD …

Journey of the universe

The documentary is hosted by Scientist Brian Swimme and produced by Yale University’s Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (All are colleagues of the late Thomas Berry). After an introduction by Noel, the DVD will be screened for about 35 minutes and followed by open discussion.

 Weaving modern science with enduring wisdom from the world’s cultures, Journey of the Universe explores cosmic and Earth evolution as a profound process of creativity, connection and independence, and offers an opportunity to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times, times when we, homo sapiens, emerge as the planet altering species.

This presentation invites us to reflect on the wisdom traditions which have evolved with human consciousness, “the cosmos come to consciousness” (as Karl Rahner referred to human evolution). So it prompts philosophical and theological questions which pose a challenge to our culture, our rituals and the way communities committed to a contemporary spirituality are to be developed. It presents the challenge of moving into the Ecozoic era when humans will be present to the Earth in a mutually enhancing manner.( T. Berry)

Questions to be discussed including:

 “What is at stake if human activity threatens this 14 billion year process?” “What would we lose if life on Planet Earth were so destroyed that the human species as we know it ceased to exist? “

“How are we (religious progressives) going to tell the story of life on Earth to our children?” “Why is this story basic to the new directions of future spirituality?” “What kind of belief system/spirituality/ethic will sustain an appropriate role for humanity in the continuation of this story?”

Presenter: Dr Noel Preston AM. Among many publications he is the author of Ethics with or without God (Morning Star Publishing).

Hosted by  West End Uniting Church –  26th February, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Following the 5:30pm Contemplative Service

Venue:  West End Uniting Church Hall, 11 Sussex St, West End, Brisbane, Q.

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Visit of Len Baglow to Brisbane – your invitation

INVITATION from A Progressive Christian Voice (Australia)

Supporters of APCV, or of streams of progressive Christianity in general, are invited to attend a talk/discussion led by Len Baglow at 2:00-4:00pm at St Francis’ Theological College in Milton, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 14 February.

There is ample parking in the grounds of St Francis’ College. Also, the college is situated just across from Milton railway station, in Milton Road.

Three new members have joined the APCV Management Committee  – Len Baglow, Tiffany Sparks and Kenneth Castillo. all three bring distinctive experience, gifts and insights to APCV.

Len is from South Woden Uniting Church in Canberra.

The Topic: Len will be contributing ideas and strategiesLen Baglow relating to “Strategies for Progressive Christianity in the Australian landscape”.

About Len Baglow: Len Baglow is a policy advocate with qualifications in both social work and urban and regional planning. In recent years, He has been involved in refugee and asylum seeker policy, income support policy, housing policy and child protection policy. He is particularly passionate about the growing poverty and disadvantage of students from poorer backgrounds who are attempting further education.

In the 1980s and 90s Len was active in the environment movement and retains a strong interest. He is a keen bird watcher and bush walker.

Len has written several theological articles and one book. His interest is mainly in the practical implications of theology. Many different theologians have had an influence on Len.  Most recently he has been exploring the practical implications of Jack Caputo’s work on Derrida.

Please join us for this session of wide interest.

Enquiries: Ray Barraclough at raybarraclough@icloud.com