Category Archives: Progressive Voices

Progressive hymn

At this link, you can find a selection of hymns by Andrew Pratt.

This extract is from a communion hymn:

Crowded table, urgent faces,
people longing for the bread,
bread of life and bread for living,
bread for rising from the dead…

All are welcome, wise or foolish,
at this table all are fed,
sharing wine in celebration,
eating Christ’s communion bread.

© Andrew Pratt

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Why “Progressive” – aren’t we all Christians?

The self-described “progressives” among America’s Protestant clergy at the turn of the twentieth century were well known in church circles and beyond for their advanced thinking on theology, politics, and foreign affairs.

As they faced the prospect of a new century, these ministers and academics thought of themselves as broad-minded, humane, and cosmopolitan, in harmony with the very best scientific, political, and theological wisdom of the age.

– Richard M. Gamble quoted by Fred Plumer

Celebrating Matariki at All Saints

Matariki as a Seasonal Festival

Matariki
Matariki – the Pleides

Matariki is a traditional Maori mid-winter festival and marks the beginning of a new year for Maori.  it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.  This is a theme in many cultures – a mid winter festival celebrating hope in the midst of darkness, and a turning towards the growing light of a new year. Continue reading Celebrating Matariki at All Saints

Robin Meyers – Saving Jesus from the Church

Robin Meyers was the keynote speaker at the recent Progressive Spirituality Conference in Napier.  Here are some YouTube links to some presentations  put on line by Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney.

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Common Dreams Conference Brisbane 2016

Common Dreams Conference
Progressive Spirituality: New Directions

16-19 September 2016
Somerville House, 17 Graham Street South Brisbane

It would be great if a few kiwis can get over and join this.  There are some excellent speakers, a parallel programme for emerging generations, panel discussions,  lots of electives and an artist in residence. Other familiar names to NZers are Margaret Mayman and Ian Lawton. MORE INFORMATION

Speakers Include:

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Art as Radical Change Agent

– Can Humans change our story?

 Jo Randerson spoke at our recent conference in Napier, here is a summary of her presentation.

It was wonderful to be at the conference with you this month.  A short point summary of my talk:

  • I grew up in a church environment where different views were encouraged and listened to
  • We (Barbarian Productions) try to make art which brings different views/people into contact with each other
  • Arts rather than being an extra decorative measure can be a critical tool to achieve social justice where large institutions fail
  • Collaboration is key with any others who share similar goals

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