Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Canberra

“A safe place to push theological boundaries”


Welcome to the website for the Centre of Progressive Religious Thought.  The CPRT was founded in 2002 by Rex A. E. Hunt, who was then the Minister of St James’ Uniting Church, Curtin.  He remained  its Director until 2009, when he retired from St James’.  He is now a Life Member of the Centre.  The Centre helped establish the progressive movement in Canberra and other areas.  At one time there were 400 interested people on its email database and many supported the numerous talks and events conducted by the Centre.  Rex was succeeded as both Director of the CPRT and Minister of St James’ by Roger Munson and the Centre continued hosting talks and events.  It supported Common Dreams 3, which was held in Canberra in 2013.   The support lessened and, after a period of inactivity and unsuccessful approaches to like-mined people and groups to undertake leadership rôles, and after consultation with Rex Hunt, the committee (Linda Pure, John Maindonald and David Slater) decided, inter alia, to continue as a contact, to retain the email database so that members could be informed of progressive resources and events, to retain the library books as part of the St James’ Meg Richardson Library, for use by both St James’ and the wider ACT community, and to support Common Dreams and the ‘on the road’ events across Australia and New Zealand.   It is hoped that this website will eventually become one with many resources and links to progressive religion.  We thank Alex Slater for his great assistance is resurrecting this website.



There are only two members on the committee, John Maindonald having moved to New Zealand.  If anyone else would like to join the committee, please let us know.  Their contact details are

Linda Pure (Chair and Secretary) lindapure@grapevine.com.au and (02) 6291 9163

David Slater (Treasurer and Website Maintainer)  david@slaters.id.au, (02) 6254 1874 and 0406 376 324



The fourth Common Dreams Conference will be held in Brisbane 16 – 19 September 2016. The theme of the conference will be “Progressive Spirituality: New Directions”. Eminent international, Australian and New Zealand speakers will explore aspects of contemporary progressive spirituality including indigenous and inter-faith expressions of spirituality.  For more details, see http://www.commondreams.org.au/  For Earlybird prices, register on or before 31 July 2016.