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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this marks New Year. It is a time to remember those who have died, particularly in… Continue Reading

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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Bear with me. Be playful and imaginative. This is a bit of a follow up on the statistics presented in my post, “What Prevents New Zealanders Being Christians?” with how we, as the church, might use statistics in our planning. Let’s stay within my own church, Anglicanism – others can do the same exercise for… Continue Reading

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Paul, Apostle of Christ

Paul, Apostle of Christ

Religious movies are very hard to produce. Often, the green-screen is too obvious, the acting is wooden, the dialogue is forced (keeping slavishly solely to what to the speeches and conversations recorded in the Bible is destined to exacerbate this), the miracles can end up looking like they are simply cheap camera tricks, etc. The… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 9

Resources for Ordinary Week 9

Let us pray (in silence) [that we hold fast to the conviction that God’s purpose cannot be defeated] Pause O God, your providence is unfailing, remove from our path, we humbly pray, whatever is harmful and grant us those things that work for our good; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with you,… Continue Reading

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Religious Education

Religious Education

I was recently at a conference for religious educators. There were world-class presentations on social phenomena, ethical issues, scientific developments, religious change, and so forth. Presentations were by atheists, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Jews. There was discussion on everything from euthanasia, through refugees, to our understanding of happiness. [And I’ve just been to an ethics… Continue Reading

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Sharing a Cathedral?

Sharing a Cathedral?

What the heck: it’s the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – so I’m going to wade in where angels might fear to tread… angels, dreams, and visions are often in the same story, aren’t they?! This week, the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Christchurch indicated he is reconsidering whether to restore Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Cathedral… Continue Reading

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