Hawkes Bay Here we Come

At the end of August 2014, the “Beyond the Borders” conference in Auckland attracted several of us from Hawke’s Bay.

We were excited to be there, in company with those for whom inclusivity is paramount and orthodoxy is inadequate.

We strongly identify with Progressive Spirituality, difficult as it is to define.

At least it is a movement of sharing and support for those, in and out of the churches, who identify as progressive. We were challenged (at a convivial conference dinner at St Luke’s Remuera) to consider hosting the next conference. So here we are, on the way to a next event…

Common Ground
Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy and Empire
6 – 8 May 2016
St Pauls Church  89 Tennyson Street Napier

We, the planning committee, come from Presbyterian, Methodist and Anglican churches: clergy and lay, male and female, gay and straight – in the 45-60 age bracket.

We believe we have put together a fine and feisty line-up: Robin Meyers from Oklahoma (who will continue on to a tour of Australian cities) will be well matched by a trio of Kiwi speakers: Jo Randerson, Robert Myles and David Clark, MP.

Our theme is “Common Ground” – although, after committing to that title, we realised that Common Cause was closer to what we envisioned: vigorous presentations of faith-in-action, with faith very broadly defined, and action very variously portrayed.

We hope we can welcome you to Napier in early May for a mix of speakers, workshops and the occasional surprise element.

Book the date and your place as soon as you can – bookings made before Easter (27th March) will attract an early-bird discount.

Flights from Auckland and Wellington can now be found for under $50. Details of local accommodation deals will follow in a month’s time…

Why not stay a few extra days and explore wonderful Hawkes Bay – the wineries, Art Deco, 200 kms of flat easy cycle trails….

Meanwhile, we wish you a Happy and Progressive New Year!

Adrian Skelton, Sally Carter, Tony Franklin-Ross,
Helen Wilderspin, Ingrid Bryant & Christine Spall

More information on the Common Ground Conference