Diocese News

Anglican Pacifist Fellowship

Two Chances to Explore Pacifism – advance notice 

Christian pacifists and people interested in learning more about Christian pacifism are invited to a South Island gathering hosted by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship on the evening of Friday, 24 and Saturday November 25, 2017 in Dunedin.

These days dovetail onto the end of a National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies “Rethinking Pacifism for Revolution, Security and Politics” conference, November 22-24, at Otago... View article

Anglican Family Care

Does your parish have a Facebook page?  We would love to connect with you on Facebook if you do. Our page is: www.facebook.com/anglicanfamilycare/ Please contact Lucy Summers on with your page address so we can “like” it. Thanks very much!

Expansion of services

Anglican Family Care is delighted to have been asked by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children – Oranga Tamariki to expand its social support services for vulnerable children... View article

National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago

Seminar – Where is our firearms policy headed?   Thursday, 24 August 

Presented by Marie Russell, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Public Health

St David Seminar Room 5, 1.00 pm

Panel Discussion – Election 2017: Challenges and Opportunities.  Thursday, 31 August

Panellists:  Jane Clifton (NZ Listener Political Columnist), Bill Rosenberg (Council of Trade Unions), Marian Hobbs (Former Labour Cabinet Minister) and Professor Kevin Clements... View article

The 2017 Caversham Lectures


7 November:    Life with Big Brother?

Professor Andrew Geddis discusses our current legal and human rights in the light of recently enacted surveillance and intelligence services legislation.


14 November:   Opening the Mind – Confessions of a brain surgeon

Professor of Biomedical ethics Grant Gillett, whose research interests are in psychiatry, philosophy and his area of medical expertise neuroscience, reflects on ethical dilemmas posed by... View article





Understanding the Book of Revelation

Professor Paul Trebilco, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago

7:00 – 9:00 pm Wednesday September 6, 13 & 20, Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street


The Protestant Reformation and the Breaking of the Western Church

Assoc. Prof. Tim Cooper, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago

7:00... View article

Public Seminar – The Spirituality of James K Baxter

31 August, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Burns Lodge at Holy Cross, 89 Church Street, Mosgiel.  Cost:  $80 (includes lunch)

Presenters:  Mike Riddell, Writer and Playwright & Professor Kevin Clements, Former Director of National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago.

In this all-day seminar, we will interactively explore the spirituality of Dunedin’s beloved poet.  We will look at the different streams that influenced Baxter’s spirituality,... View article

St Peter’s, Caversham – Walsingham Quiet Day

Saturday, 9 September, Hillside Road.  To register your interest in attending the quiet day please contact Fr Hugh on 455 3961 or

10.00 am Solemn Sung Eucharist

Morning tea follows

11.15 am Film Screening England’s Nazareth – recent news about Walsingham

12.30 pm Shared pot luck lunch

1.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

3.00 pm Afternoon tea

3.30 pm Guided Ignatian... View article

Clinical Pastoral Education Training

There will be an opportunity for people to undertake CPE training in Dunedin during January – March 2018. The trainer will be Rev Mary Huie-Jolly.

For more information about CPE please go to http://www.cpe-nz.org.nz/

​ “CPE is an action-reflection method of learning pastoral practice under supervision which:

  • integrates pastoral work and theology, with relevant medical, psychological and behavioural sciences
  • engages participants in reflection... View article

Ordination and Installation of the Bishop-elect, Rev’d Dr Steven Benford

A warm invitation is extended to all to the Ordination and Installation of The Bishop-elect, Rev’d Dr Steven Benford as the tenth Bishop of Dunedin.

Friday, 22 September at 7.30 pm

at the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, Dunedin

 This ceremony will be followed by a supper in the Crypt of St Paul’s.

For seating and catering purposes, could Parishes please notify Debbie at the Diocesan Office, on (03) 488 0821 or email

Kakanui Crib for rent

Kakanui Crib: Did you know that it is possible to rent the Diocesan Crib?  Where: Corner of Harbour Terrace and Stirling Street, Kakanui  Rates: $30.00 per adult per night, $10.00 per child, sleeps a maximum of eight.  Contact Russell Cundall for bookings phone 027 800 2767

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Mission Committee Funding Grant Applications

Application for Funding Grant from the Mission Fund and the Mission Committee Collated Questionnaire are now both available on the Called South Website under ‘Diocesan Forms’ in ‘Downloads’, or by right clicking on the above links.

Debbie Flintoff

Diocesan Office

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Anglican Youth Workers conference “The Abbey”.

This event is in its fifth year in 2017 and will be sure to be another great opportunity to be both equipped for the work as well as encouraged and acknowledged for the selfless work that all youth workers in the church offer.

Meet discuss, laugh, pray, encourage, worship and eat with 200 other Anglican youth leaders who love Jesus and who love working with young people!

The Abbey 2017 starts on Friday 25 August at 8pm and finishes on Sunday 27 August at 2pm. We’re... View article

New Insights into Rural Ministry from Rev Bill Bennett

When the Tui Calls:  Rural Ministry – Origins and Futures

Bennett highlights some key issues and opportunities for rural ministry today, including:

-        maintaining identity as a rural community and church

-        being forums for wider community discussion on current issues

-        re-vitalising the church’s ministry of hospitality

-        ensuring those responsible for worship leadership are... View article

Items wanted for Fiji

The Diocese of Polynesia office has asked if we are able to assist with the following:

  • a spare laptop that could be donated to their clergy in Fiji
  • any spare home Communion sets – especially for taking communion to the sick or housebound; and
  • any spare altar linens

If you can help with any of these items, please contact the Anglican Missions office at or phone Linda on (04)4735172.

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Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

Some of you may know that I lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land.  About 20 years ago during a Sabbatical Patsy and I went on our own.  It was great but pretty demanding as we negotiated various backpackers, rental  cars, holy sites etc.  I vowed then that I would return with a group of folk who otherwise would never get there on their own.  So in 2010 I started taking groups.  This will be the 5th such Pilgrimage and Praise the Lord we have had very few worries, in spite of what the... View article

Common Life Liturgical Commission

The CLLC has received and reviewed copies of the set of NZ Hymns and Liturgical music resources produced by Rev’d Bill Bennett, listed below and online here: http://www.anglican.org.nz/Resources/Lectionary-and-Worship/Music-and-Settings

Hymns and Liturgical Music by Bill Bennett:

Ngā Tāngata Tapu – Songs and hymns of the pioneers of faith, particularly in the Waiapu Diocese – $15

Saints Praise – Songs and hymns commemorating the major saints of the Church... View article

60th Anniversary of St Nicholas Waverley

3rd December 2017 at 10.30 followed by lunch at the Guthrie Centre, Bayfield High School.

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Dunedin elects new bishop

He will come from London to be the next Bishop of Dunedin – but Steven Benford is no stranger to the city.

Archbishops Winston Halapua and Philip Richardson have announced the election of the Rev Dr Steven Benford as the next Bishop of Dunedin.

Bishop-elect Steven, who is 56, currently serves as vicar of St Joseph the Worker, Northolt, in the Diocese of London, where he is also a Bishops’ Advisor for Ministry, a new incumbents’ ministry mentor and spiritual... View article

60th Anniversary of St Nicholas Waverley

3rd December 2017 at 10.30 followed by lunch at the Guthrie Centre Bayfield High School.

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Anglican Family Care

On Monday, 27th March, Anglican Family Care staff members Jane Hutton (far right), Lucy Summers (centre) and Jackie Greenall (far left) attended chapel at St Hilda’s Collegiate School to speak about family violence and the “It’s not OK” campaign. Pupils of the school were given a pack of information about the campaign, as well brochures and posters to distribute around their community about the work Anglican Family Care does with at-risk families Otago. We are... View article

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