In line with long held plans to ‘catch up’ with other States and have a Queensland Progressive Christianity group, this concept was boosted considerably on Saturday 11th March. The gathering at the Treston seminar stayed on to discuss a draft proposal prepared by the committee of the former Progressive Spirituality Network. The plan is to transition the hundreds of members in the latter group into the proposed PCNQ while establishing a close relationship with the ever growing UCFORUM. Of course many of our members belong to both groups. Paul Inglis has accepted an invitation to chair the group in the formative stage.
We now also have many international links and are aware of a need to move forward with them in mind. At the same time, as the Common Dreams Conference proved, Queensland has a lot to offer the progressive movement and there will be much about the PCNQ that is distinctly us.
What’s in a name?
The name for the group is not yet finalised but we are keen to align and link to interstate groups for several reasons. Feedback at this meeting and emails I am still receiving will help us to make the ‘right’ decisions.
What is the purpose of such a group?
The scope and purpose of the group is still under discussion, but the following have been mooted:
- to provide a safe place for progressive thinking Christians and others to come together and discuss the many issues in the life journey
- to be an organising group for seminars and conferences
- to continue the work of the former progressive spirituality network
- to build links with non-Christian groups with strong interest in progressive spirituality and religion
- to welcome atheists in the ongoing conversations about the meaning of life
- to work with similar interstate groups when planning visits from keynote speakers
- to publicise events related to our interests
- to make appropriate commentary on contemporary matters
- to explore the growing literature and scholarship in the field.
Some proposed initiatives
The planning team has already begun the process of setting up a Round Table group made up of representatives of all progressive and ‘explorer’ groups and individuals who can informally come together to find common ground and share in initiatives. A draft paper on this proposal is available on request from Paul. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
We will be considering whether this is part of the brief for the PCNQ.
We want to reach as many interested people across the State as possible and an early challenge will be to find ways to support individuals in isolation from progressive groups. Already we have many members who correspond with us and receive reading lists and other information.
Watch for further developments and please continue to participate in our activities.