Centre for Progressive Religious Thought

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This page is part of the Progressive Communities series.


The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought[1] is a nascent and growing community with chapters in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) and with plans for chapters in New Zealand.

Founded in July 2002, the Centre is open to any and to all who wish to explore a more progressive, open theology and spirituality in a safe environment. It stands in deep contrast to a general tendency which often requires that our theology and spiritual journey be built on what should be believed.


Mission

The AIM of the Centre is to be a forum that explores progressive religion and spirituality, in a way that provides a safe place for those who have found organised religion irrelevant, unresponsive, repressive or damaging.


Objectives

The objectives of The Centre are to:

  • Build a network of support for those who seek to discover and live by a progressive faith, sharing ideas and pursuing questions and answers.
  • Create an open and welcoming community which respects the faith position of all participants, and encourages authentic interfaith engagement.
  • Promote progressive religious thought as an agent of change and renewal in faith communities and society.
  • Link with other groups and Centres of progressive religious thought.

We will live out the Aim and Objectives by:

  • Offering support and encouragement to individuals and groups who are exploring progressive religious thinking
  • Initiating workshops and discussion on the thought of progressive religious thinkers - such as Michael Morwood, Lloyd Geering, Marcus Borg, John Spong, John D Crossan, The Jesus Seminar, and others - by both local and overseas presenters
  • Connecting with other world-wide groups such as Sea of Faith, The Alliance of Progressive Religion, Process & Faith, FaithFutures Foundation, and others
  • Bringing together people of several faiths, so all can learn from and listen to, each other - thereby helping to develop trust, understanding and genuine friendship
  • Encouraging creative thinkers to share their understanding of such theological trends as Liberation, Feminist, Process, Narrative and Australian contextual theologies, spirituality and praxis, and taking these thoughts out of the hands of the so-called Œexperts¹ and making the benefits of such thinking available to any interested person
  • Exploring newer and more appropriate ways to worship
  • Offering pastoral conversation and support, as appropriate.