Category Archives: Conferences and Events

“Reformation 2.0, Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?”

Sea of Faith Conference

6 to 8 NOVEMBER 2017, Silverstream

“Reformation 2.0, Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?”

Keynote and guest speakers: Sir Lloyd Geering, Rachael Kohn, Sue Bradford and Hal Taussig. Elective lectures by Clay Nelson, Tom Hall and Doug Sellman.

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Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts

jim-macaloonJim McAloon’s Presentation at the Napier Conference – for those of you who were not there, and for those who were 🙂

I want to explore in this talk some of the histories of faith-based political engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand. If my emphasis is on the political sphere and public questions, that is partly reflecting my particular interests and partly because I think it is important for people of progressive faith to know our past.

Why do I say that? Because I think that one unfortunate consequence of the increased strength of conservative forces in many of the Christian churches in the last 30 or so years has been a weakening of the faith-based element in movements for social change, and an almost default setting in the popular media that Christian commitment implies social conservatism (a default setting that many of the leaders of what used to be called mainline denominations encourage, wittingly or otherwise). Continue reading Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts

Accommodation for Hawkes Bay Conference

Pictured here, five of the Hawke’s Bay planning team: Adrian, Helen, Christine, Sally, and Tony. Not in the picture this time: Kerry (financial tracking), Lisa (registrations), and Ingrid.
Pictured here, five of the Hawke’s Bay planning team: Adrian, Helen, Christine, Sally, and Tony. Not in the picture this time: Kerry (financial tracking), Lisa (registrations), and Ingrid.

From your Hawkes Bay Planning Team:

Booking for our May conference is going well and we do look forward to welcoming you to Napier. Napier and the wider Hawke’s Bay region have a fascinating history and plenty to see, scroll down to see some accommodation options for the conference – it is recommended that you book soon. Continue reading Accommodation for Hawkes Bay Conference

Hawkes Bay Here we Come

At the end of August 2014, the “Beyond the Borders” conference in Auckland attracted several of us from Hawke’s Bay.

We were excited to be there, in company with those for whom inclusivity is paramount and orthodoxy is inadequate.

We strongly identify with Progressive Spirituality, difficult as it is to define.

At least it is a movement of sharing and support for those, in and out of the churches, who identify as progressive. We were challenged (at a convivial conference dinner at St Luke’s Remuera) to consider hosting the next conference. So here we are, on the way to a next event…

Common Ground
Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy and Empire
6 – 8 May 2016
St Pauls Church  89 Tennyson Street Napier
Continue reading Hawkes Bay Here we Come

National Conference – May 2016 in Napier

Following the success of a first Progressive Spirituality Conference ‘Beyond the Borders’, in Auckland, August 2014, Hawke’s Bay progressive churches invite you to a sequel: ‘Common Ground’.

Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy and Empire
6 – 8 May 2016
St Pauls Church  89 Tennyson Street Napier

Continue reading National Conference – May 2016 in Napier

Is there a Post-Christian Christianity?

Lectures and Seminar with David Galston
August 14
th and 15th  $30
St Davids Khyber Pass/St Lukes Remuera Auckland

Community of St Luke, Remuera - website 8On August 14th at 7pm, St David’s, 68 Khyber Pass Road Grafton, is holding its annual Fergusson Lecture with Professor David Galston [a brief CV is below] speaking on Has Religion a Future? The greatness and tragedy of religion. Entry is by koha/donation and no registration is necessary.

On Saturday August 15th, 9.30am – 4pm, St Luke’s, 130 Remuera Road, is holding a seminar and discussion day with Professor Galston. The cost for the seminar [including morning tea and a light lunch] is $30.00.

At the seminar, the morning lecture, is titled Has Jesus a Future? If Christianity is to have a future, it must have something to do with the historical Jesus. This talk will look at the basic humanity of Jesus and what he had to say is the foundation for re-creating a Church for the future.

The second lecture is titled Session Three: Has God a Future? God is a bigger problem than Jesus in that God is historical only in the way that the idea of God relates to human cultural history and systems of thought. As human beings have grown and changed through the course of history, so has God. Is there a future for God as meaningful discourse?

Following lunch, the last lecture of the seminar, is titled: Is There a Post-Christian Christianity? People who take the conclusions of modern scholarship seriously look for ways to experience religious value outside of traditional, supernatural, beliefs. This raises many challenges, including how to relate to Jesus as a human being of history, how to celebrate life within a Christian community, how to talk about the Bible and God in a postmodern and post-theistic age, and how to develop and enjoy new forms of theology.

To register for the August 15th seminar, email Angela Murdoch nzangela.murdoch@gmail.com or post it to Angela Murdoch, PO Box 74-355, Greenlane, Auckland 1546.

David Galston

davidDavid is the Academic Director of the Westar Institute, Ontario, Canada, the Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brock. He is also an Advisor for the SnowStar Institute of Religion (Canada) and the Quest Learning Centre (Hamilton, Ontario). He has played a key role, both in Canada and the United States, in the development of progressive forms of religion and theology, including being a founding member and chair of the Westar Institute’s new Seminar on God and the Human Future. David has published two books (Archives and the Event of God, McGill-Queens Press, and Embracing the Human Jesus, Polebridge Press) as well as written several articles for the Westar Institute magazine The Fourth R and academic

journal Forum.

David will be the guest preacher at a combined St David’s and St Luke’s church