A 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.