Billingshurst Progressive Christianity Network Group
at The Chapel, Lakers Meadow, Billingshurst, West Sussex. RH14 9NP
Our meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month, October – June. We start at 8.00 pm and go through to 9.30 pm. – but if you need to leave before this time then please don’t let this be a barrier to coming along even if for a shorter period. We begin with coffee and a natter and then settle to a short time of contemplation and then discussion. Scroll down below the season’s programme for more information about our group or contact:- Stuart 01403 260046 or stuartcoupe at stuartcoupe dot plus.com
(Sometimes we shuffle things around a bit so keep checking in case there are any changes).
Thursday October 4th 2018 8.00 pm
The Gospel of Thomas 1 – Audio lecture by Elaine Pagels followed by discussion
Thursday November 1st 2018 8.00 pm
The Gospel of Thomas 2 – Audio lecture by Elaine Pagels followed by discussion
Thursday December 6th 2018 8.00 pm
The Gospel of Thomas 3 – What did The Jesus Seminar have to say about The Gospel of Thomas? – Some exemplar legions discussed.
Thursday January 3rd 2019 8.00 pm
‘Doublets and Contradictions, Seams and Sources’ – Cain and Abel. Part 1 of Lecture by Christine Hayes, Harvard University – (Lecture 4)
Thursday February 7th 2019 8.00 pm
“The poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” Session led by Maria Curtiss exploring the work of this wonderful spiritual writer and Jesuit priest.
Thursday March 7th 2019 8.00 pm
‘Doublets and Contradictions, Seams and Sources’ – Cain and Abel. Part 2 of Lecture by Christine Hayes, Harvard University – (Lecture 4)
Thursday April 4th 2019 8.00 pm
‘Voices in Our Time’ – Some words from theologian Theodore Nottingham
Thursday May 2nd 2019 8.00 pm
‘The Five Gospels’ – exploration of an aspect of the work of ‘The Jesus Seminar.’
Thursday June 5th 2019 8.00 pm
‘The Five Gospels’ – further exploration of an aspect of the work of ‘The Jesus Seminar.’
Billingshurst PCN ‘Ins and Outs’
The group meets on the first Thursday of each month and is run in affiliation with the Progressive Christianity Network of Britain.
Attenders need not describe themselves as Christians in order to attend; anybody interested in spirituality and religion generally will find themselves welcome so long as they are inclusive and respectful of others’ approaches and ideas.
There is no cost, however any donation to help to sustain The Chapel will be gratefully received.
The group is coordinated by Chapel secretary, Stuart, though he welcomes others in leading sessions or aspects of sessions, as they are able. Sessions start at 8.00 pm and end between 9.00 and 9.30 pm.
The aims of the group are:
- To explore how progressive Christian thinking, values, living and practice might fully manifest themselves in our lives.
- To share in Christian- based contemplative and meditative practices.
- To support each other in regular reading, including but not exclusive to Biblical scripture and to share in discussion about the interpretation and implications of such reading.
- To explore some of the progressive academic approaches, historical and scientific discoveries, personal experiences and ideas that fall within the broad framework of the Christian tradition.
- To contemplate and enjoy how progressive Christian ideas are expressed through artistic expression.
- To provide a loving, respectful community that functions as part of the inclusive nature of The Chapel and which sits in line with the PCN’s eight points.
The PCN Eight Points.
We are people who:
- Seek God, however understood, guided by the life and teachings of Jesus
- Affirm that there are many ways to experience the Sacred and that we can draw on diverse sources of wisdom on our spiritual journeys.
- Recognise that following Jesus leads us to act with compassion and to confront evil.
- Place hospitality at the centre of our communal and worshipping life and see the sharing of bread and wine as an expression of our common humanity.
- Seek to build communities that accept all who wish to share companionship without insisting on conformity.
- Know that the way we behave towards others is the fullest expression of our faith.
- Gain more insights in the search for understanding than we do in certainty.
- Work together within and beyond the Church to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.