We have received advice (25/08/2021) that CPRT Canberra has been wound up after a number of years of inactivity and after the achievement of its goals of advancing new thinking in spirituality.
The CPRT was established in 2002 with a small grant of seed funding from the Uniting Church in Australia. It was an initiative of St James Uniting Church Curtin, led by Rev Rex Hunt. Over the next twelve years or so, the Centre offered a rich and diverse program of speaker and other events and members participated in the Common Dreams Conferences – the direct outcome of CPRT initiative – and related ‘On the Road’ seminars.
There were many presentations by Australian and overseas theologians, biblical scholars and progressive theologians and many people will have fond memories of being challenged and fascinated by new thinking in spirituality. Of special mention is the support given by both St James and other churches /individuals to a small team of local organizers when they managed the Common Dreams Conference 3 in Canberra in 2013. On that occasion they welcomed Professor Marcus Borg to Australia!
The Centre enabled and empowered its members to explore spirituality beyond their locale. There are now so many progressive resources available in print and online either via membership of broader groups, podcasts, and blogs etc. that people are no longer limited in their spiritual journeys. Many of course, remain as members of local churches or faith organizations.
CPRT Canberra has done its job. Locally. Nationally. Internationally.
CPRT Canberra had a large number of books and other resources held jointly in the St James Uniting Church Library. These resources will remain with the Library to be managed as the congregation (now part of Woden Valley Uniting Church) wishes.
Secondly, funds held in account totaling approximately $7,358.58 will be transferred to Common Dreams Inc, to be used to facilitate progressive spirituality events as the management board of that organization determines. More information on Common Dreams Inc can be found at: https://commondreams.org.au/ including links to like-minded progressive websites.
This information was provided by the CPRT Canberra Team-
David Slater, Linda Pure
Rev Rex Hunt