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Bishop Jack Spong wrote in September 2013, "Rev. John Churcher, an outstanding and brilliant Methodist clergyman." Reprinted with permission from Progressive Christianity Network, Bishop Spong's online publisher. Visit his website at www.JohnShelbSpong.com
Permission to Speak is a teaching ministry delivered by John Churcher through regular preaching engagements, seminars, workshops, residentials and conference talks. John is a retired Minister who continues a teaching support ministry especially to those on the edge of Church life or who have fallen off to become members of the Church Alumni; to seekers after a Jesus-based spirituality who may not necessarily want to be associated with any traditional, institutional Church; to those of other faith communities who wish to dialogue as partners in living eternal values in the presentness of time. Much of his ministry is now Internet based.
Labels are limiting but perhaps the quickest way to describe the thinking underpinning the 'Permission to Speak' ministry of John is that of a 'post-modern secular theologian'. Permission to Speak encourages the laity within the church to be better informed so that:
- they may lead the New Reformation to save the church from itself in our post-modern world;
- the open minded and those who are disillusioned with contemporary Christianity and all its creeds, doctrines, literalism and fundamentalism will have the confidence to speak out in search of the New Reformation;
- they may engage creatively with the Scriptures and thus be transformed by the Spirit that lives within us all;
- orthopraxis [a way of living] rather than orthodoxy [a way of believing] becomes the way of life responding positively to people and their genuine needs.
Permission to Speak understands Jesus of Nazareth as its Spiritual Gateway to the God-experience. All who have found other Gateways are respected and honoured. Permission to Speak values the past in different faith traditions as being important in understanding the present, but is more concerned with Spiritual Truth lived in today's world than it is concerned with tradition. Through Permission to Speak people may find support for their own spiritual pilgrimages in these uncertain, fast-changing times. In 2008, as part of Permission to Speak, John undertook a preaching / seminar tour in USA and Canada, and returned for an extended preaching / seminar tour in 2010 which included taking part in the Theologian in Residence Program at the First United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado. Having been Chair of the Progressive Christianity Network Britain for over 4 years John recently stepped down and now is Vice Chair.
The diary is open now for appointments in 2015. If you are interested in booking an event in 2014 or 2015 then please contact John Churcher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information or to make comment, email: email@example.com
The following books are also available from the author by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
'Setting Jesus Free'
'Dying to Live'
The following series of studies for group discussion co-authored with Ted Bishop and Betty Saunders.
'Through Advent to Epiphany'
'From Epiphany to Easter'
'From Easter to Pentecost and Beyond'