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Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


December 2016

Progressive Christianity Network, Cardiff

pcnA year or so ago I was invited to a small group that meets regularly in Cardiff. The group is part of the Progressive Christianity Network of Britain, a small organisation of people who are seeking an open and contemporary approach to their faith.

The Cardiff group meets twice a month in a church in Pontprennau. There are usually around 8-10 of us at the meeting which is centred around a visiting speaker, video presentation or discussion idea.

It’s been a refreshing and thought provoking time for me at the group. I don’t always agree with the ideas that come out of it, but I think that’s kind of the point, all the members have come to progressive thought via a different path.  In my own church I’m a raging liberal with funny ideas, whilst at PCN I feel more like a conservative trying to hold on to the reins.

At the start off 2017 I will be taking over as the convenor of the group, which sounds very grand, but really just means that I will be facilitating the evenings and booking speakers.

I’ve lined up a few interesting speakers already, here are some of the forthcoming evenings

17th January – Fair Trade In Wales: Aled Pickard and John Mathias

21st February – Some Christians are trans, what does that mean?: Elaine Sommers

21st March – The Dategrove Group: John Henson

Other speakers have yet to confirm topics and I have a few video evenings lined up too.

The group meets at 7:30pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Pontprennau Community Church. If you would like to come or want to be added to the mailing list please email me



Hereford Cathedral, Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library

A few photos from a visit today to Hereford Cathedral. A beautiful cathedral with many stunning stained glass windows. Well worth a visit.

Mappa Mundi is a medieval map of the world drawn on vellum, a very different map to that which we see today. Jerusalem at the centre, Great Britain a very odd shape and represented disproportionately large. The Earth is surrounded by sketches of fascinating mythical beasts.

The chained library is an ancient collection of hand written manuscripts and printed books.  They are chained to their shelves with the original chains, apparently designed to discourage light fingered medieval students.  Reminded me of the library at Hogwarts.

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