Check out these recently-added liturgical resources – hymn lyrics, prayers, reflection:
Let us reach down deep inside us – Susan Jones
We bring these prayers and gifts of money – Susan Jones
Hiroshima Sunday Reflection – Paul Barber
We give thanks for wise women and wise men – Wendy Matthews
Bless the creator who calls and inspires us! – Susan Jones
Raindrops pizzicato – Bronwyn Angela White
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IMAGE © bronwyn angela white, Kapiti / Wellington, NZ
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Emeritus Professor Sir Lloyd Geering is launching his latest book “Witness to Change, Reflections on Reaching 100″ (Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers 2018)
Friday 17 August at 6.00 pm
Conference rooms 1 & 2
St Andrew’s Conference Centre
30 The Terrace, Wellington (elevator available for those who need it)
Details on our Events pages
Are self-identified “Progressive Christians” guilty of exclusivity and conceit?
Rev Dr John Bodycomb writes, “There is now a much larger clearly observable ‘movement’, for it is as such that progressive Christianity is best understood. I have likened it to a flood moving slowly but relentlessly over the cultural landscape. It is pluriform and cannot be stereotyped, although its critics are apt to do so.”
He prefers “evolving christianity” to “progressive christianity”. Find out why in his article, “One Man’s Assessment of Progressive Christianity”.
A prayer for Pentecost – Spirit energy
Prayer at Pentecost in Aotearoa
original photograph © bronwyn angela white
Photographs © bronwyn angela white, Kāpiti / Wellington
Introducing the guest speakers at Common Ground 2018 Conference: we are fortunate to have Professor Martin Manning, Dr Emily Colgan, Matt Matamua and Hon Grant Robertson MP as our speakers. As we receive them, we’ll post more detailed information, such as bios and abstracts.
You can find information about the workshops on offer.
If a pivotal word such as “God” can carry so many meanings, the question arises: Is it useful any more? Some think the churches should look for another word that doesn’t mean so many different things to so many different people.
Read Ian Harris’s latest “Faith and Reason” article here
A cultural shift to save the culture – read the whole article here
I think it is true that in the church we have not focussed enough attention on establishing firmly our sense of identity; we are not completely clear about who we are. And that is particularly obvious among the young and disaffected.
In what way is the culture passed on? That is a complicated issue and far more complicated than I can deal with here and probably that I could ever manage. But one thing must be said immediately: Our society and the church has gone through, and is going through, irreversible and cataclysmic changes and there is no going back. But there are those within the many religious traditions who are standing up and asserting that the failure of religion puts humanity at risk, so we must at least think about how we connect with one another around the world and across the generations.
I also want to affirm, there is a way forward. There are churches and religious communities who have faced up to the challenges of modern biblical studies, theology and the realities of the world we live in, who go on to develop their own ways of giving full expression to the traditions and the culture from which they have sprung. Diana Butler Bass shows that in those communities renewal and vitality can spring up again and the next generation can be inspired and join in.
Religion has a role to play for the well-being of all people everywhere and it can do that when we are open to the experiences and traditions of others while being completely true to who we are and to the traditions that have formed us. Religion, when it is focussed on our common humanity, can speak hopefully to a world that is dangerously divided.
That is a bigger vision and will require much of us, but I think there are some small steps we can take towards it. So, in this short article I want to share some convictions and stories that might open up some possibilities for the future. Continue reading Cultural shift – article by Roger Wiig