Category Archives: Events

Event: Caloundra (Q) Explorers

The empowering influence of friendship

Dear Explorers

We will be discussing  Jesus and the empowering influence of friendship: Why gracious living is more important than right belief by John W H Smith in our next series of meetings.

We will be studying the book over 6 weeks on a Tuesday from 2.30–4 pm in the Weyer Room at the Caloundra Uniting Church.

4 April, 11 April, 18 April, 2 May, 9 May, 16 May

(Note that we are skipping Anzac Day 25 April.)

Closer to the time I will send you a study guide for the 6 sessions. Included is a scan of the front and back covers, and the contents. I have read the book and thoroughly recommend it. As in previous years, if you cannot attend the study sessions, you can read along at home. Henriette Guest’s Range Spirituality (Montville area) group will also be studying the book.

At our first Gathering on 28 May we will discuss and meditate upon an issue or theme developed in the book.

Ken Williamson



Event: Redcliffe (Q) Explorers

Greetings fellow explorers

The Season of Lent has begun, and it’s time to slow down and listen to our hearts (metaphorically, of course!). Next Monday (6th March) the Explorers invite you to share an opportunity to ponder life as it is, and how it might become. The program will include video clips, music (recorded and sung) and readings from personally inspiring, helpful, challenging or insightful poems or texts, both sacred and secular, and from various cultural backgrounds. We’ll begin with music that will help us enter that meditative frame of mind.

If you have a brief contribution (5 or 6 minutes max.) you’d like to share, please let me know by Friday (phone 0401 513 723 or email ( so that it can be incorporated into the program. A keyboard and pianist will be available to accompany songs, and recordings, video clips and texts can be displayed on-screen.

We will gather at 6 p.m. in our new venue – the Ocean Room, Redcliffe Uniting Church, cnr Richens St and Anzac Ave., Redcliffe. As usual tea, coffee and nibbles will be available on arrival.




Event: Which Christian way do you choose?


Available as an online Zoom session or by attendance.

“Which Christian way do you choose?”

You are invited to explore how the Christianity we choose
influences how we live.
Thank you Marcus Borg!

Guest speaker: Rev Dr Lorraine Parkinson


Stonnington Community Uniting Church
Cnr Burke Rd and Coppin Street Malvern East, VIC.


Sunday 26th February 2023 commencing at 3.00pm (AEDST)
This meeting will be live streamed via Zoom for those unable to attend physically.
Meeting ID: 831 2837 1323 Passcode: 568249


Everyone Welcome


Recorded Event: The Voice with Everald Compton

You asked for it. Here it is. The unedited video of Friday’s Seminar with our respected friend Everald Compton giving a balanced overview of the Referendum on the Voice to Parliament while declaring his own decision to vote YES.

There is a 25 second lead on the clip.

Presented by the Progressive Christian Network Queensland and the Merthyr Road Explorers at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church, New Farm, Brisbane on Friday 17th February 2023.

You may share this link with anyone. Your feedback and personal reflections are welcome. Use the Reply link on this post.

Facilitator: Dr Paul Inglis, Moderator UCFORUM and Chair PCNQ.





Event: The Referendum

Reminder: Merthyr Road (Q) Explorers this Friday.17th February from 10am. Keynote speaker – Everald Compton. Open Discussion. RSVP to

Our guest focusing speaker is Everald Compton:

Distinguished Australian with many passions developed in a lifetime of community and social engagement . He is an author including a book related to the establishment of our constitution, chair of the Longevity Forum, participant in the roll-out of Australia’s Blueprint for Ageing and the implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying, and a government lobbyist successfully capturing the interest of most politicians. He has academic association with the University of Queensland as an adjunct  professor and also an honorary senior fellow of the Sunshine Coast University. It takes my breath away!


Event: Redcliffe Explorers Jesus and the Church

Dear fellow explorers and seekers

We’d like to remind you that we’ll be gathering for the first time this year on this coming Monday 6th February. Most importantly, it will be at a new venue – the Ocean Room at the Redcliffe Uniting Church, at the corner of Anzac Avenue and Richens St. Redcliffe. We invite you to join us at 6 p.m. for what promises to be a very stimulating discussion about the church’s relationship with Jesus, led (via video) by Rev Dr Robin Meyers, pastor of the Mayflower Congregational Church and Professor of Philosophy at the Oklahoma City University, USA. A flyer is attached for you to share with anyone you think might be interested.

The car park adjacent to the Redcliffe Uniting Church is accessed from Richens St. There are two ways to get to the Ocean Room from the car park:

  1. enter the new Hub building, turn right after the garden, progress 20 m down the breezeway and the room is the last on the right OR
  2. walk around the western side of the Hub building to the rear of the Church, enter the breezeway through the gate, and the Ocean Room is first on the left.

Hoping to see you at the Ocean Room on 6th. As is our usual practice, we’ll have a cuppa, snack and chat between 6 and 6:30, before the programme starts.




Event: Living the Questions at West End (Q) Explorers

The West End Explorers invites you to journey with us into an exploration of faith and practice. We will be using the “Living the Questions 2.0” (LtQ2) video series as a guide and catalyst to open-minded discussions. We aim to create a safe environment where you can feel free to voice your questions and doubts about traditional beliefs, without being dismissed as a heretic.
This is an alternative to studies that attempt to give you all the answers; it is for people who are in the midst of a life-long conversation about the mysteries of faith and life. Featuring thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts, LtQ2 consists of 21 sessions which are divided into three sets of seven units. Each session will be for about one hour, after/over shared light refreshments. There will be opportunities for personal sharing, following the video segments, which include conversations with leading voices of faith, stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines.
Sunday 12th February 4pm – 5.15pm and the following six Sundays.
•This series freely questions:
– belief that the Bible is inerrant and infallible
– belief that the doctrines set forth by the early church are sacrosanct and not to be questioned – belief that one’s eternal salvation depends on their unswerving
commitment to the above
•This series does not aim to provide simple answers, instead aims to provide a resource for the      discussion
Three elements to program:
1) Pre-reading (handouts)
2) Video & discussion session
3) “Living it Out” devotional for “homework” (introductions to
various spiritual practices and disciplines)
For more about LtQ2, including a video sample, follow the links at:
If you are interested in joining us, please (try to) RSVP by the 5th February
RSVP to Kris Maslen
Invitation to Journey (Feb – Mar)
1. An Invitation to Journey
2. Taking the Bible Seriously
3. Thinking Theologically
4. Stories of Creation
5. Lives of Jesus
6. A Passion for Christ: Paul
7. Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians Honouring Creation (Apr – Jun)
8. Restoring Relationships
9. The Prophetic Jesus
10. Evil, Suffering & A God of Love
11. The Myth of Redemptive Violence
12. Practicing Resurrection
13. Debunking the Rapture
14. Honouring Creation Call to Covenant (Jul – Aug)
15. A Kingdom without Walls
16. Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision
17. Incarnation: Divinely Human
18. Prayer: Intimacy with God
19. Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry
20. Creative Transformation
21. Embracing Mystery
West End Explorers (WEE) is a continuation of progressive Christian groups that have been meeting at West End Uniting Church for the last few decades. WEE aims to be a safe space for those wanting a supportive group to share in their journey of reconsidering/deconstructing & reconstructing faith beliefs and practice.

Seminar at New Farm, Q: The Indigenous Voice

Our next Explorers seminar at New Farm on Friday 17th February (please note the change of date) will be led by Everald Compton. He will be addressing the forthcoming Australian referendum on the ‘Voice”. Gathering at 10am and seminar at 10.30am.

He will outline the constitutional history of failure to recognise indigenous people as well as key issues regarding the case for YES and NO while not hiding the fact that he will personally vote YES. He will be happy to handle lots of questions. Paul Inglis will be the facilitator.

Some background material:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

In 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum on whether to update the Constitution to include an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.

The Voice will be an independent, representative advisory body for First Nations people. It will provide a permanent means to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on matters that affect them.

A set of principles that describe how the Voice will work were agreed to by the First Nations Referendum Working Group.

The Voice is a body that will:

  • provide independent advice to Parliament and Government
  • be chosen by First Nations people based on the wishes of local communities
  • be representative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • be empowering, community led, inclusive, respectful, culturally informed and gender balanced, and includes youth
  • be accountable and transparent
  • work alongside existing organisations and traditional structures.

The Voice will not have a program delivery function, or a veto power.

The structure and role of the Voice would be decided by Parliament through legislation, with members to be chosen by First Nations people.

The referendum is part of the Government’s commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart in full.

Other information links:

Prime Minister proposes draft referendum question and constitutional amendments | Indigenous Voice (

About | Indigenous Voice (

What is a Voice to Parliament? – From The Heart

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton says the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum will fail without more detail – ABC News

Final Report | Indigenous Voice (


Events: for the friends of Redcliffe (Q) Explorers

Greetings fellow Explorers

 A reminder that this evening’s gathering (Monday 5th December) – an informal communal meal – will start half an hour earlier than our normal time (i.e. 5:30 instead of 6:00 p.m.). You’re invited to bring a plate to share (mains, dessert or fruit) and drinks, and your own crockery, cutlery and glassware. Tea, coffee, milk etc will be provided. A fridge is available for short-term cold storage, and a microwave to heat things up.

We’ll meet as usual in the Function Room at Azure Blue (91 Anzac Ave., Redcliffe). For more information about the group or access to the venue, please call Ian on 0401 513 723.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Ian and the Team



Navigating the Scholarship of Religion Together

Westar Institute | Home of the Jesus Seminar





Upcoming Event:

The Christmas Stories with John Dominic Crossan: A Westar collaboration with Homebrewed Christianity

Nov 28, 2022
2:00 p.m. EST

Asynchronous 4 week Open Online Class from Homebrewed Christianity

The Christmas Stories – Celebrating, Questioning, & Explaining the Biblical Narratives

More information.