With Pentecost almost upon us, we offer you our 7th and final refection. So who has the privilege of closing out this series? Well it’s Associate Professor of Psychology, Richard Beck of course!

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If you want more from Richard (and why wouldn’t you?!) then check out his thoroughly splendid blog and books.

We hope you’ve found these reflections helpful. See you later on in the Church calendar!

In our sixth instalment of our Pentecost for Progressives series, we bring you Roger Mitchell.

Roger is an Honorary Research Fellow at Lancaster University and has pioneered a movement around the idea of Kenarchy, by which he means ‘self emptying power’. And it is this theme he skilfully weaves into a Pentecost refection.

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You can read more about this in his book Discovering Kenarchy: Contemporary Resources for the Politics of Love. You’ll also want to check out The Fall of the Church and his very interesting blog.

Rachel Mann brings us our fifth Pentecost for Progressives reflection. Rachel is a Church of England priest, and is poet in Residence at Manchester Cathedral. She’s also transgender, and brings something of her experience of wrestling with identity and faith to this fascinating reflection.

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If you want more of Rachel’s story, then check out her website and her two books Dazzling Darkness and The Risen Dust.

Our journey towards Pentecost continues. This week’s refection comes from freelance community theologian and author, Ann Morisy. Ann has researched and written on everything from the spirituality of public transport, through to the spirituality of ageing. But for us, she turns her attention to Pentecost.

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If you want more from Ann, check out her many splendid books.

Here’s our second Pentecost reflection for you. This time Alastair McIntosh reflects on how his understanding of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit has changed and evolved, from one of judgement to one of spiritual activism.

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If you want to take Alastair’s ideas further, then check out his latest book Spiritual Activism, and have a listen to our fascinating conversation with him.

We’ve got a new Nomad Spirituality series for you, Pentecost for Progressives. Each week between Easter and Pentecost we’ll be giving you a reflection from someone who’s been through a faith shift/deconstruction, or who just views the faith with a critical eye. We asked them the question, what does Pentecost/Holy Spirit mean to you now?

First up is Barbara Glasson. Barbara started an inclusive faith community in Liverpool centred around baking bread. She went on to work with lesbian, gay and transgendered Christians, and with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She’s now doing interfaith work with Muslims in Bradford.

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If you want more from Barbara, then check out her books.