Thank you for visiting Permission to Speak. 

Permission to Speak is the inclusive and progressive ministry of retired Christian minister, John Churcher. It is an exploration of an emerging new consciousness and understanding of spirituality freed from the old ideas of an exclusive supernatural 'god Being' somewhere 'out there'.

Although the starting point is that Jesus of Nazareth is a gateway into the sacred, Permission to Speak respects and honours those who have found other gateways. The past in different faith traditions is important in understanding how we have arrived at the present, but Permission to Speak is more concerned with living in today's world than with tradition. 

We each pass this way once and we have responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our neighbours [no matter who or where they are] and to the planet, our only and shared home in a vast and developing universe.

However, there is a sacred bond that unites us all and Permission to Speak explores that which may be 'sacred' today. In the experiences of an increasing number of people, sacred has become all that needs to be preserved and encouraged to make humanity whole.

Change will happen but it will not be through words of traditional belief. It will come through people of good will acting together to challenge injustice and inequality, seeking a wholeness for both this planet and all humanity. The future of religion cannot be guaranteed but unless there is compassion and serving those in need then religion in an increasingly secular world will become little more than a relic of the past, a museum piece.

Through Permission to Speak you may find support for your own spiritual development in these uncertain, fast-changing times. For more information or to make comment, email: