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Progressive Pages – Digital Bookclub

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Progressive Pages is an online book club for progressive theology, running Thursdays at 7pm on Zoom.
We will be reading “The Church as Salt” by Sally Douglas, a chapter a Reflection questions will be published afterwards online to ponder during the week.
If you would like you can join in future weeks – sign up at bit.ly/Progpages

Take home questions

The group had some thoughts from their first session – Chapter 1 of The Church as Salt.
These are some discussions we had as a group this week, and some questions to ponder:

  • What does salt from the ocean look like?
    Dirty and unrefined – are the additives what makes different salts distinctive and special?
    How can we use this to inform our understanding of the metaphor that Jesus used of being “salt of the earth”?
  • What would it mean for the church to be constantly and primarily be mindful of the violence it can potentially do?
  • What is the story of how you and your family used to attend church? How has that changed over generations? How have you and your family engaged with spirituality and faith? Is there a difference between them?
  • What is a story that you have been told about the church/modern Australian Christianity that didn’t resonate with you? Why?

Expressions of Interest
We’re aim to create a safe and inclusive environment to be able to explore theology and spirituality.
Before you join, we have a few questions that can help us make sure we have everything adequately set up.

After submitting this form and verifying your identity we will email you the zoom meeting details.

Progressive Pages operates under a Code of Conduct which can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/47lWIOB. Agreement to operate under this Code of Conduct is mandatory to participate in Progressive Pages.

Where to find ‘The Church as Salt’ by Sally Douglas:

To buy a physical copy online:

To buy a physical copy in person:
– try St Peter’s Bookroom on 15 Gisborne St, Melbourne
– St Michael’s Uniting Church has copies available to borrow thanks to the Otira Book Club.
Please get in touch with the office at office@stmichaels.org.au

‘The Church as Salt’ does not have a published ebook version. If for accessibility reasons you cannot use a physical copy please get in touch with Chris Phillips and we will try to work something out.

Dates for your diaries are:

February 8 – Discussing Chapter 1
February 15 – Discussing Chapter 2
February 22 – Discussing Chapter 3
February 29 – Discussing Chapter 4
March 7 – Discussing Chapter 5
March 14 – Discussing Chapter 6
March 21 – Discussing Chapter 7


February 29
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


St Michael’s Uniting Church
03 9654 5120