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Desert Disciplines for Lent

Desert Disciplines for Lent

Monasteries and monastics draw from desert spirituality. They express disciplines that we, outside monastery walls, can draw on also. Some of these disciplines are expressed in vows of stability, obedience, ongoing conversion,… The Associates of Kopua Monastery are offering a Quiet Day in Lent on Saturday 23 March from 9:30am – 3:30pm at Te Waiora… Continue Reading

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Catching People for Life

Catching People for Life

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading (Luke 5:1-11), fish were perfectly happy, swimming their happy fishy life, and then they are caught in half-cleaned nets, dragged to the shore and left, dead and dying, on abandoned boats in the late afternoon heat. And Jesus seems to say: “follow me – what we did to those fish,… Continue Reading

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A Resource for Advent

A Resource for Advent

A Handful of Change Journeying Through Advent By Craufurd Murray 88 pages With the support of the St Luke’s Spirituality Centre $NZ10 plus p&p It can be obtained from craufurd@xtra.co.nz or Ecclesia Books This is not quite a book review, because this book is a collection for daily reflection from the Sunday before Advent through… Continue Reading

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Recognising New Forms of Christianity

Recognising New Forms of Christianity

I am a Cistercian Associate – that’s akin to a Benedictine Oblate or Franciscan or Carmelite Tertiaries. These are ways of living out the Cistercian, or Benedictine, or Franciscan, or Carmelite charisms – and beyond monastery and convent walls. I recently read Sister Teresa Jackson’s insight that oblates express new forms of Benedictine life: At… Continue Reading

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Forming Christians Who Form Christians

Forming Christians Who Form Christians

My reflection today springs from a tweet by Simon Leighton: Loving this blog series from Mark Clavier, https://t.co/5pgfzW5vq5 Really resonating with my essay on Bonhoeffer's vision for ministerial formation. We need less practical skills and more deep grounding in spiritual practice and the scriptures. — Simon Leighton (@simon_leighton) May 8, 2018 What the tweet set… Continue Reading

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Conform Cooperate Confront?

Conform Cooperate Confront?

Regulars here will pick up soon enough that this post is also an ongoing reflection in relation to the upcoming synod’s decision on the future of the Christchurch Cathedral. The previous posts are What is a Cathedral? What is a Cathedral? Part 2 I am very grateful that people respected my request to take care… Continue Reading

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