Diocese News

The Annual Archibald Baxter Memorial Peace Lecture

This year, the lecture entitled Passchendaele’s Shadow, will be delivered by Professor Tom Brooking, from the Department of History and Art History.  Please visit www.otago.ac.nz/ncpacs for further information.   Will be delivered on Thursday 21 September at 5.30 in Archway 2.

Conference:  Rethinking Pacifism for Revolution, Security and Politics

Keynote speakers: Professor Erica Chenoweth, Professor Stellan Vinthagen, Professor Duane Cady, Professor Brian... View article

Vicar of the Parish of Central Hawke’s Bay, Diocese of Waiapu

Expressions of interest are now been sought for a full-time Vicar of the Parish of Central Hawke’s Bay. The parish was formed in 2015 as part of a re-development of mission and ministry for the communities of Porangahau, Takapau, Waipawa and Waipukurau and their neighbouring districts. After a successful period of two years of intentional transitional ministry led by the Rev’d Alister Hendery, the parish is well-placed to make an appointment of a priest as Vicar.


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St Alban’s Parish of Eastbourne: Full-time Vicar


St Alban’s Anglican Parish is located in the beautiful suburb of Eastbourne.  Nestled between the bush and the sea, Eastbourne is thirty minutes’ drive from central Wellington.  The people of Eastbourne and the Bays are known for their strong and supportive community focus.  St Alban’s actively contributes to the community and offers outreach groups and hospitality.

St Alban’s also provides chaplaincy to Wellesley College which is an Anglican school for boys Year 0-8.... View article

St Michael & All Angels, Clyde – 140th Anniversary

St Michael & All Angels, Clyde – is celebrating 140 years of faithful witness in the Dunstan.

 Please join us on Friday, 29 September, MIchaelmass Day,  for 11.00 am Eucharist followed by shared lunch and reminiscences in the Lounge. Celebrant and preacher- Archdeacon Damon Plimmer.

On Saturday 7th October at  1.30pm  - in tribute to St Francis,  ‘A drop-in party for animals’- and an opportunity for ‘blessing’ in the garden.

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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

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



The Protestant Reformation and the Breaking of the Western Church

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

7:00 – 9:00 pm Friday Oct 27 and 9:00am – 12:30pm Saturday Oct 28, Dunedin City Baptist Church, 19 Main South Road, Concord


Each Course costs $30. Please register online at www.otago.ac.nz/continuingeducation. For further information go to:... 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

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