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School of Theology, Nelson – Call for Papers

Discipleship-Shaped Mission

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” – Henry Martyn, 19th century missionary.


“The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning.” – Emil Brunner


The School of Theology, hosted by Bishopdale College, aims to foster a space where excellent theology is connected with the demands of discipleship in a way... 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

New Zealand Red Cross, Refugee Support Volunteers

New Zealand Red Cross is currently recruiting for Refugee Support Volunteers for 3 or 6 month placements with training sessions beginning in July, September and November. Red Cross is also looking for Transport Volunteers who are able to help transport families to their community orientation sessions, usually held Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks. If volunteering isn’t for you, please consider donating or getting a community workshop together to collect items for incoming families:... 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

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

Anglican Women’s Studies Centre Newsletter – April 2017 Easter

I hope this Easter finds you well and in good spirits despite dire weather predictions for much of New Zealand from Cyclone Cook.  This Easter edition of our newsletter has the theme of creativity; from the Good Friday reflection by the late Etta Kumar; through to Kaye Dyers story about developing and celebrating the creative ways to equip women for mission and ministry; Eleanor Lane’s creations of beautiful stoles; and Ruth Hammond listening to that voice that told her to get up and... View article

Chrism Eucharist in Southland

Chrism Eucharist: + Kelvin’s final sacramental act in Southland as Diocesan Bishop. Wednesday 12 April, 7pm @ Holy Trinity Invercargill. Gather for a pot luck tea at 5:45pm. At this service we renew our vows before each other and consecrate Chrism oil for use in healing ministry. If you need a new supply of Chrism oil, please advise me. This service has also been a time when we have commissioned people for particular tasks and blessed appropriate objects. This time we will be commissioning... View article

The Future of the Diocese

The Diocese of Dunedin has been getting more than our fair share of media coverage of recent:

“A troubled and troubling Diocese”

“give up a cup of coffee to save the Bishop”

“The church is in dire straits – we are broke”

We certainly find ourselves in times of great change. We are facing issues that none of our grandparents would have thought possible. We are also facing changes that many of us would rather not face. But this is where we... 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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Children & Faith

Mark Griffiths, an author, lecturer and leader in the Church of England is running workshops in Dunedin on Monday 15 May.   Mark comes highly recommended.  This will be a day of training for church leaders, children and youth ministry leaders, followed by an evening of worship, ministry, teaching for children and youth workers, parents and caregivers, grandparents and Bible in school teachers. The evening will focus on passing our faith through the generations.  More info including... View article

Fund our Bishop Update

Thank you to everyone who has been able to offer financial support to this campaign to fund the Bishop over the next 5 years. It is exciting to see that a total of 78 people, couples or groups have been able to offer some level of support. We are very grateful.

16 contributions have been one off payments and together these come to $10,700.

There are 17 annual givers, 25 monthly givers, 10 fortnightly givers and 10 giving weekly.

The total of regular givers funding will... View article

Department of Theology and Religion 2017 Faith Thinking Workshops

Semester One

Issues of War and Peace Professor Murray Rae, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago 7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday April 7 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday April 8 Burns 7 Seminar Room, (Albany Street), University of Otago

Islam and Christianity Dr Adam Dodds, Senior Pastor, Elim Church 7:00 – 9:00 pm Monday May 8, 15 & 22 Elim Church Conference Room, 67 Harrow Street

The Psalms and the Life of Faith Revd Dr James... View article

He Ringa Hāpai – Administrator for Te Whaariki

Te Whaariki is the National Governance Board for Te Kāhui Rangatahi o Te Pīhopatanga o Aotearoa. We are looking for an experienced Administrator to work in a part-time, 20 hours per week capacity. This is a flexible homebased position.

What you’ll be doing:

• General administrative duties such as emails, phone calls. • Report writing • Taking meeting minutes • Booking travel, accommodation and venue hire • Making the application for annual funding • Setting up... View article

Art Auction and Cake Stall at St John’s, Roslyn

St John’s, 373 Highgate, this Friday 31st March at 7pm.

This is a Fundraising event for Roslyn/Brockville Youth Group trip to Vanuatu.

EFTPOS will be available

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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

Anglican Centre Rome Leadership Course.

We will learn from… Past leaders who shaped the church in earliest times and continue to influence us: St Peter, St Paul, St Benedict, Sts Francis and Clare of Assisi, and St Augustine. We will study… Contemporary church leaders: Archbishop Justin Welby, Pope Francis and others. Objectives for the course: ● To support both emerging and experienced leaders, in understanding and sustaining effective leadership practice. ● To help leaders understand their vocation within... View article

Diocesan Farewell to Bishop Kelvin

A warm invitation is extended to all TO THE DIOCESAN FAREWELL, FOR BISHOP KELVIN WRIGHT on the 28th April 2017 at 6.30pm AT THE CATHEDRAL OF ST PAUL THE APOSTLE The liturgy will be followed by light refreshments and speeches in the crypt of St Paul’s. Please RSVP by Friday 13th April to Debbie on (03) 488-0820 or

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St Mark’s Balclutha Women’s Retreat 2017

Affairs of the Heart Date: 17th- 19th March 2017 Location: En Hakkore, Waipiata, Central Otago. Cost: $110 Follow link for registration form, http://calledsouth.org.nz/downloads/diocesan-forms/st-marks-balclutha-womans-camp/


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