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Reflecting on a very successful seven seminars

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As we look back over the last fortnight and the successful running of seven seminars in New Farm, Redcliffe, Buderim, Fortitude Valley and Caloundra, it is very pleasing to report that each seminar was unique and interesting and brought positive feedback.

Thank you to the team at PCNQ and each of the Explorers Groups that mounted the seminars. Thank you also to the hosts who billeted the speakers and kept our costs down.

It was a great challenge to offer two notable exponents of progressive Christianity, both organisationally and economically, but in the end it was worth it.

Professor Hal Taussig was starting a Common Dreams on the Road series in several States after doing the same in New Zealand as a build up to next years Common Dreams Conference in Sydney. Book sales and orders, especially for his A New New Testament were greater than we anticipated. Watch for a review of this book soon. We brought Michael Morwood from Perth after the incredibly good feedback we had about his presentations at Common Dreams 4 in Brisbane last year. Once again he achieved a very high standard of teaching and discussion. As organisers we were impressed with the way the two speakers who had never met set to work to integrate around common themes.

The PCNQ has resolved to continue meeting monthly at New Farm as a fellowship and discussion group. Watch for more news about this and for events at other Explorers groups.


Join Everald Compton’s Celebration of 500 years since the Reformation

Aspley Uniting Church has taken up the suggestion of our good friend, philanthropist and church elder, Everald Compton to mark the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s declaration to the Church that big changes were essential for it to survive, with a dinner at which the Heads of Churches will briefly outline what the Reformation means to the Church today and tomorrow.

Like many insider observers, Everald recognizes that the time is right for a New Reformation, one that will re-instate the integrity and authenticity of the institutional Church as a pivotal player in our nation’s destiny. People of goodwill and commitment to the future church will gather for this event, which marks the beginning of a project that will evolve in the months ahead.

Robyn and I are keen to be there and participate in the development of this initiative. Everald has asked me to extend this invitation to subscribers to the UCFORUM of which he is one. I hope you will give this serious thought. Instead of RSVPing as advised in the Invitation below, please respond directly to Everald at 0407 721710 or by email here.

Rev. Sandra Jebb


is pleased to invite you to attend our REFORMATION DINNER

at GEEBUNG RSL CLUB  Newman Road, Geebung


TUESDAY, 31 OCTOBER, 2017 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm

to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and Moderator David Baker will speak on the meaning of the Reformation today.

There will be a charge of 50 dollars per person for food and drinks.

Any surplus funds will be donated to

“Aspley Caring Through Service” (ACTS)

our outreach program to people in need.

Please RSVP by email to –

Or Phone the Church office 3263 9275.

Arrangements for payment will be advised


Seminars update

Michael Morwood led an enthusiastic crowd from the Sunshine Coast and hinterland at our first seminar in the current series. Yesterday’s event at Caloundra Uniting Church focussed on Putting Exploration into Practice. Michael’s brilliant talent as a speaker and discussion facilitator was on show.

Exploring how we think and talk about “the mystery in which the universe is bathed”, the discussion picked up on much of the wonderful material that Michael introduced to the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane in 2016 and delved deeply into our understandings of a progressive and relevant faith.

Great crowd – great event! Congratulations to the Caloundra Explorers.

The program continues over the next two weeks:

Monday 2nd October – 6.30 to 8.30pm – Redcliffe – Michael Morwood “Articulating a 21st century Christian Spirituality”.

Wednesday 4th October – from 7pm – Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley – Michael Morwood “God and Jesus through a 21st Century Lens”.

Saturday 7th October – 9am to 3.30pm – Merthyr Uniting Church, New Farm – Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood – “Christianity, 1st Century, Now, and in the Future”

Monday 9th October – 6pm – Buderim Tavern, Buderim – Hal Taussig – “Breaking Bread, Breaking Rules”.

Tuesday 10th October – from 7pm – Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley – Hal Taussig – “What’s in and what’s out: Canon/Extra Canon/A New New Testament”

Bookings: If you have yet to book a place at one of these sessions please send an email to as soon as possible, and I will help you to negotiate the booking process.


Redcliffe seminar with Michael Morwood

Articulating a 21st Century Christian Spirituality

The Redcliffe Explorers Group has pleasure in inviting you to this talk by well-known Progressive Christian

Michael Morwood

Michael regularly lectures and conducts retreats and workshops in Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland and England on themes such as Re-Shaping Christian Thought and Imagination; Praying a New Story; Contemporary Christian Spirituality and Questions of Faith for Modern Christians. A retired Catholic priest, he has authored a number of international best-selling books, and was voted ’most popular speaker’ at the 4th International Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane last year.

Monday evening 2 October 2017 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Azure Blue Retirement Centre Common Room

91 Anzac Ave Redcliffe 4019

Cost: $5 (payable at the door)

Note: security gates are open between 6:30 and 6:55 p.m.

Please register by calling Ian Brown on 3284 3688 or 0419 513 723 or email Ian Brown

*This session has been subsidized by the Redcliffe Explorers to enable a reduced fee.


Buderim Event with Hal Taussig

Breaking Rules Breaking Bread

Hal Taussig

Professor Hal Taussig is one of the leading theologians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Hal has recently retired as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary, New York where he taught masters & doctoral level studies. He is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. Hal is co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Greco-Roman meals, & on the steering committees of SBL’s Seminar on Modern Theories & Ancient Myths of Christian Origins.
Professor Taussig is a foundation fellow of the Westar Institute & participated in that Institute’s celebrated Jesus Seminar.
Among his 14 published books are A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21stCentury & Newly Discovered Texts (2013); A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots (2006); & Re-imagining Life Together in America: A New Gospel of Community (2002).

A meal and conversation with Professor Hal Taussig

Monday October 9th, 6pm Buderim Tavern
81 Burnett St. Buderim $40 for dinner and talk (3 options for mains, plus dessert and tea/coffee) or $15 for the talk only.

Meal tickets available until midnight Friday October 6th.

Bookings essential:

Talk only tickets can be purchased at the door.

Enquiries: Deborah Bird 0404 073 306

A Common Dreams on the Road event – more information at


Seminars in SE Queensland

Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood

The following program is now confirmed:

Saturday 30th September – Michael Morwood full day program at Caloundra Uniting Church For details – contact John Everall

Monday 2nd October – Michael Morwood evening program at Redcliffe Azure Blue (UCA Village). For details – contact Ian Brown

Wednesday 4th October – Michael Morwood evening program at Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley – contact Steven Ogden

Saturday 7th October – combined one day program with Hal Taussig and Michael Morwood at New Farm (Merthyr Road Uniting Church)  [See next post for details] – contact Desley Garnett 

Monday 9th October – Hal Taussig evening program at Sunshine Coast.                                    For details – contact Deborah Bird

Tuesday 10th  October – Hal Taussig evening program at Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley   For details – contact Steven Ogden

We are currently identifying transport, accommodation, cultural and hospitality opportunities for Hal and Michael.

Watch for further updates on this program.



Diary marker: 7th October at New Farm.

“Christianity .….

1st Century…..
In the future”


Prof Hal Taussig,

Bio – Hal Taussig has just retired from a seventeen year tenure as professor of New testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where his teaching ranged widely through the New Testament and recent new documents discovered from the Christ communities of the first and second centuries. Continue reading

Common Dreams preparing for Sydney in July 2019….

Common Dreams on the Road 2017 …. coming your way (perhaps!) soon:
You will be interested to know that Common Dreams has arranged for Professor Hal Taussig, one of the leading theologians of the late 20th & early 21st centuries, to tour Australia & New Zealand in October & November this year under the Common Dreams on the Road banner.

Hal has recently retired as Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary where from 1998 he taught masters & doctoral level studies. He is also Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He has also retired from 30+ years as a United Methodist pastor & now is specially assigned by his bishop as a consultant to local congregations. Hal is co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Greco-Roman meals, & on the steering committees of SBL’s Seminar on Modern Theories & Ancient Myths of Christian Origins and the Greco-Roman Meals Consultation.

Professor Taussig is a foundation fellow of the Westar Institute & participated in that Institute’s celebrated Jesus Seminar. He is currently co-chair of Westar’s Christianity Seminar. Among his 14 published books are A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century & Newly Discovered Texts (2013); A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots (2006); & Re-imagining Life Together in America: A New Gospel of Community (2002).
While in Australia Hal will visit SE Queensland, Sydney, Perth, Albany/Denmark, & Melbourne. The New Zealand segment includes events in Auckland & Wellington and at the Sea of Faith conference. Details of the dates he will be in each centre & the local contacts for enquiries are:
SE Queensland: 5 – 11 October. Contact Paul Inglis,
Sydney: 11 – 18 October. Contact, Margaret Mayman,
Perth & Esperance: 18 – 25 October. Perth contact Richard Smith, . Esperance Contact Elizabeth Burns,
Melbourne: 25 – 29 October. Contact or (03) 9571 4575
Auckland: 29 October – 2 November. Contact Glynn Cardy,
Wellington: 3 – 5 November. Contact Susan Jones,
Sea of Faith: 6 – 7 November. Contact Adrian Skelton,

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this remarkable progressive thinker & speaker.

Common Dreams 2019

This is long range advice that the fifth Common Dreams conference will be held in Sydney on either 4 – 7 July or 11 – 14 July (the exact dates will be determined when the availability of the venue is negotiated). Matthew Fox has been booked as the distinguished international keynote speaker. Matthew is a well-known writer & inspired speaker with at least 30 books to his credit. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he incurred the ire of the then Cardinal Ratzinger which led to his eventual expulsion from the Catholic Church after which he became a member of the Episcopal Church. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. The movement draws inspiration from (though diverges doctrinally from) the mystical philosophies of such medieval Catholic visionaries as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Dante Alighieri, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa, as well as the wisdom traditions of Christian scriptures. Creation Spirituality is also strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements of the late 20th century and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world, including Buddhism, Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality, with a focus on “deep ecumenism”.

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.

Dick Carter, Melbourne.



Caloundra Explorers: August ‘Gathering’ – all welcome


              GATHERING    5pm.  – Sunday 20th AUGUST 2017


How religious will the World be in 2050?

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Background: All around us rapid change is taking place.  How does the Church cope with all that is happening?   Is religion still evolving in the midst of this change or is it phasing out?        And, in the midst of this rapid change, the population of our World is increasing dramatically.

The number of Australians stating “no religion” in the Census has been increasing and now stands at 29.6%.     Is our society predominately secular and materialistic?

Does religion have a future in a Secular Age!!!

Our Leader this Gathering is Rev. Kevin Bachler: Kevin looks at this stark statistic and brings us into the reality of our current church trends.  We will be invited to explore the potential for us, that is, a group of broadly progressive, and certainly spiritual people.   We are part of that census statistic shown as “religious”.      What issues within our community will respond to the influence of these seemingly inescapable pressures accelerating around us.       “What future for religion – we ask?”       “And we discuss !”


Join with the Explorers and regional “Friends of the Explorers” as we meet at 5pm for our 20th August “Gathering” with a byo light meal and ‘progressive’ liturgy.  Explorers’ “Gatherings” maintain a safe environment and all views are respected. We encourage stimulating discussion and support each other on our individual “exploring journeys”.

Contact:  John Everall                            P: 0408624570  E:

                  Rev. Kevin Bachler               P. 5492 3420      E:

                 Margaret Landbeck              P: 5438 2789    E:

Where   :   Caloundra Uniting Church Hall           56 Queen Street    Caloundra.


A Faith And the Modern Era series                           


Invitation to a book launch


Book Launch

@ Holy Trinity

After the 6:00 pm Evensong at Holy Trinity Fortitude Valley on 20 August, join Trinity’s special guest, The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy

for the launch of The Reverend Dr Steven  Ogden’s  latest book

The Church, Authority and Foucault”.

Fork dinner to follow proudly sponsored by Holy Trinity’s Hospitality & Arts Consortium.

Please assist with catering: RSVP by Tuesday 15 August to

or leave a voice message on (07) 3852 1635.

Sunday 20 August, 6 pm