PCNV August 2018 Newsletter

The August 2018 PCNV Newsletter is now available with news of recent meetings, the results of the recent survey of members about possible new developments, news related to progressive perspectives, and an update about the coming meeting on 26 August.

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PCNV April 2018 Newsletter Now Available

The April 2018 PCNV Newsletter is now available with news of recent meetings, John Shelby Spong's new book "Unbelievable. Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today" and a review of Michael Morwood's new book: "Prayers for Progressive Christians. A New Template"

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PCNV February 2018 Newsletter

Here is the first newsletter of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria for 2018.

At the start of a new year it is appropriate to think about possible developments that could provide fresh direction and energy to the network. There is an update on actions in response to the suggestions from the Gathering of Members associated with the AGM in November and a request to you to keep up a flow of creative and practical ideas that could make PCNV more effective.

There is also a list of dates, topics and speakers for PCNV programs up to the middle of this year. They are varied and will present us with challenges as well as stimulus.

How Progressive Christian Understandings Affect Your Life: The Resource Booklet from the Series

In April to July 2017 the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria offered four monthly programs about practical implications for our lives of progressive Christian understandings. The topics were  God, Jesus, The Bible, and Hope. Many requests were received for access to the resource notes for further group or personal use. The resource booklet is now available to download for free.

PCNV December 2017 Newsletter

This newsletter includes a report on the outcomes of the discussions at the Gathering of Members associated with the AGM in November. That provides an appropriate overview of what this Network is about as members looked back at what PCNV had meant to them and looked forward to possibilities for the future.

How to obtain videos of the recent lectures by Professor Hal Taussig or books by him is described on pages 7-9 with reviews of one of his major works.

The dates and programs for four of our public meetings for 2018 are listed on page 9.

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PCNV August 2017 Newsletter

The August PCNV Newsletter is now available with reports from the last two "implications series" meetings and notice of Lesley Taylor's September session re the spirituality of the every day.

PCNV June 2017 Newsletter

The PCNV June Newsletter is now available with reports from the current "Implications" series being conducted by the Network and an excerpt from Andrew Hamilton's item in The Conversation entitled Religiously Literate and Radical Communities. 

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PCNV April 2017 Newsletter

The PCNV April Newsletter is now available with news of the coming "Implications" series of meetings in April, May, June and July, a report on the last meeting featuring Reem Sweid from Muslims for Progressive Values and  a review of the book They Cannot Take the Sky. 

PCNV March 2017 Newsletter

The PCNV March Newsletter is now available with a report of the address by Julian Burnside at the February 2017 Network Meeting and a review of Robert Manne's book "The Mind of The Islamic State" amongst other things. Click here to download the newsletter. [468KB; PDF]

“What has happened to our values?” with Julian Burnside

We hope to bring you the podcast from this past event coming soon....

The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria invites you to “What has happened to our values?” with Julian Burnside
WHEN: Sunday 19 February 2017 3.00pm to 5.00pm 
WHERE: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church Corner of Burke Rd and Coppin St., Malvern East. Melway 59 G12 Parking in Coppin Street.
JULIAN BURNSIDE AO QC is well known as an eloquent and passionate advocate for justice and human rights. He is a barrister based in Melbourne and specialises in commercial litigation.
He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of asylum seekers.
He acted for the Ok Tedi natives against BHP, for the Maritime Union of Australia in the 1998 waterfront dispute against Patrick Stevedores. He was Senior Counsel assisting the Australian Broadcasting Authority in the “Cash for Comment” inquiry and was senior counsel for Liberty Victoria in the Tampa litigation.
He is the author of a number of books including Watching Brief (Scribe 2007), a collection of his essays and speeches about the justice system and human rights, and From Nothing to Zero (Lonely Planet 2001), a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps.
In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2014 he was awarded the Sydney Peace prize.
In this address Julian Burnside will address a question in the minds and hearts of many Australians: “What has happened to our values?”. In considering what is making Australian society more unjust he will outline an alternative approach to the present unjust and inhumane treatment of refugees arriving by boat.
PCNV meeting cost is $7 ($5 for members). All moneys received for this meeting will be donated to assist asylum seekers.