Our friends at Progressive Christianity Network Qld will be discussing this at their final gathering for the year on 27th November at Merthyr Road Uniting Church, New Farm.
What is Christmas all About? And what are we celebrating?
It’s a wonderful time, but I wonder …….
So started a song I learnt many years back! Back then I did not think any deeper than a manger, shepherds, angels, wise men ….
Now, I do wonder more about the meaning of Christmas and its celebrations each year. Do you? Do you have a new understanding?
Let’s explore Christmas together at our next PCN Explorers meeting on 27th November, facilitated by Paul Inglis. There are many books that look at Christmas, drawing on new research and thinking. We have attached 2 one page documents that will introduce our thinking. I hope you have time to browse them in the next 10 days before we meet. Request these from Paul . Maybe you will have other resources in your own library. You might also like to look at Jo Holden’s blog on “I don’t believe in the virgin birth”.
Now for some starter questions for you to play around with and meld with your own:
In what you have read about Christmas from a ‘progressive’ Christian viewpoint:
- What was an aha moment for you?
- What makes you say – “that is something I have not considered before”?
- when did you say – “that does not sit easily with me”?
What do you think of the statement that Christmas is a celebration “under construction”?
Tim O’Dwyer wrote: I once had a letter published in The Courier-Mail recalling how, many decades ago, there was a move to “put Christ back into Xmas” and suggesting the churches should vacate 25th December, leave it to the secular world and celebrate the birth of Christ sometime back in September. How do you react to that suggestion?
PCN Explorers will meet for the last time this year on Wednesday 27th November, 10 am, Merthyr Road Uniting Church.
Come at 10 for eat, meet and greet and we will start our conversation. Some people like to continue the fellowship at Moray Cafe after the discussions so maybe you would like to plan for that also.