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.

Resources from "Don't Save The World; Just Get Involved" with Adrian Pyle



Our final meeting for 2016 took a different format and presented audio and video resources that proved stimulating.

You might like to access the key resources used by Adrian Pyle in his presentation: "Don't Save the World: Just get Involved!"  Here are the links;



Mary Oliver’s well known poem Wild Geese:


Text:



Mary Oliver reading the poem: 




The passage from Robin Myer was from the book Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance






The interview with Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin:



      The full video: 



     Edited audio podcast of the Interview :       




The TEDx presentation with David Whyte:


PCNV Program 2017

PCNV PROGRAM: February to December 2016

SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY at 3.00pm Julian Burnside will speak on the way ahead for Australia's treatment of asylum seekers; Venue: Ewing Memorial centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12


SUNDAY 19 MARCH at 3.00pm Reem Sweid of Muslim for Progressive Value will speak on "1.6 Billion Ways of Being Muslim";  Venue: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12.

SUNDAY 23 APRIL at 3.00pm Practical Implications of Progressive Christian Understandings of God; Venue: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12

SUNDAY 28 MAY at 3:00pm Practical Implications of Progressive Christian Understandings of Jesus; Venue: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12

SUNDAY 25 JUNE at 3:00pm Practical Implications of Progressive Christian Understandings of the Bible; Venue: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12

SUNDAY 23 JULY at 3:00pm Practical Implications of Progressive Christian Understandings of Hope; Venue: Ewing Memorial Centre of Stonnington Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street, Malvern East. Melway 59 G12

October 2016 Newsletter

The PCNV October Newsletter is now available with a review of Rev Dr Philip Hughes new book "Charting the Faith of Australians" and another of Rev John Smith's book "Honest to GOoD: Discerning the Sacred in the Secular,  reflections on the fourth Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, and information about the final meeting of 2016: "Don't Save the World, Just Get Involved" led by Adrian Pyle. Click here to download the newsletter. [328KB; PDF]

Podcast from Hugh Mackay Presentation

The Podcast from Hugh Mackay's Presentation to the PCNV on Sunday 26 June “The Good Life and Spirituality” is now available from the PCNV Podcast Store at this link.

Hugh Mackay, social researcher and author of sixteen books, ten in the field of social psychology and ethics.

Recent Audio Files from the PCNV: Robin Meyers; Rowena Allen; Lucas Taylor

As well as audio files on spiritual communities of resistance from Dr Robin Meyers' visit to Melbourne, you can download new audio files of Rowena Allen (Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner) talk about inclusivity as a mark of faith and Lucas Taylor from the Beyondering project talk about that project.

May 2016 Newsletter

The PCNV May 2016 Newsletter is now available with news of Robin Meyer's visit to Melbourne and details of Hugh Mackay's coming address to the network. Click here to download the newsletter [317KB; PDF]. The article by Val Webb that is referred to in the Newsletter can be downloaded here [123KB; PDF]