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Mission Update

Mission Update – News from Anglican Missions for July 2016 is now available for your perusal.  View it online here

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Inspiring Generosity Survey

The Tindall Foundation is asking you to help them by giving 10 minutes of your time to complete this online survey Inspiring Generosity! The Foundation knows that Kiwis are a generous bunch and it is keen to find out how and why people give, what inspires and motivates them to do so and how it makes them feel.

Do you give money, time or expertise to help others? All forms of generosity are valued, whether you give small change to support a charity’s fundraising appeal, volunteer for... View article

Ministry Conference 2016

I have emailed all the people from whom I have received registrations for the Ministry Conference.

That means if you did not receive an email from me confirming your registration, and you think you have registered, you might need to give me an email or a phone call 03 488 0829.

Registrations must be to me by 20th of May if you want to attend. Sorry to be so definite, but new management at the venue needs confirmed numbers and... View article

Speaking of Life and Death

A series of forums focussing on euthanasia 5:30 pm @ St Paul’s Cathedral, on the following Wednesdays: 18/5,  25/5

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WAY2GO Children’s Ministry Conference – Dunedin

 DEEP FAITH IN A SURFACE WORLD

Saturday 28 May 2016

 • Explore how to help children develop a life-long relationship with God.

• Discover how children’s faith grows deep when the whole church comes together.

• Learn valuable leadership skills that will help you with the essentials of children’s ministry.

Register   Now for WAY2GO Dunedin 2016

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Launch of New Anglican Faith Community

Please pray for St Martha’s, a new urban ministry starting in Dunedin on Pentecost Sunday (May 15th).  It will be exploring contemporary Anglican liturgy, but not in an church building.  Rev’d Esther Clarke-Prebble has been granted the licence of Priest Missioner with a view to reaching out to de-churched and un-church people who might appreciate relaxed, sacramental, social justice... View article

Christian World Service

Join Operation Refugee

Christian World Service is looking for 100 people to join a new challenge to benefit Syrian refugees.  The first ever Operation Refugee kicked off last month when the first participants registered to live on the same rations as a Syrian refugee for five days.

CWS aims to raise funds through the new initiative as part of its continuing work to assist Syrian refugees now living in Jordan and Lebanon.  The national event runs from 16-20... View article

New role a ‘wonderful opportunity’

George Chittenden, Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin for the last five years, is to depart his post on Sunday, 31st July, having been appointed to the prestigious position of Organist at Sankta Maria Kyrka (St Mary’s Church), Helsingborg, Sweden. This historic medieval church, which included Bach’s illustrious teacher, Diderik Buxtehude, amongst its former organists, appoints George following the retiral of Mats... View article

Anglican Women’s Studies Centre Newsletter – May 2016

The May newsletter is being published early this month and is available on our General Synod webpage on www.anglican.org.nz  , so that our readers get the chance to read the two AWSC Motions going before General Synod next week.  The first is Motion #8 regarding the Representation of Women and the second is Motion #14 stemming from our hui last year Violence Prevention is Our Church’s Business.  Let’s hope and pray that both these Motions get endorsed by your Diocesan and Hui... View article

‘Transplanted: Refugee Portraits of New Zealand’

Dunedin Community Gallery May 8-18th


Please join us for the Dunedin premiere of ‘Transplanted: Refugee ‘Portraits of New Zealand’, a ten-day photographic exhibit and talking space around refugee experience and issues.

These gorgeous two-metre tall portraits are by renowned photographer Alistair Guthrie. The producer of the project, Tracey Barnett, is a journalist and author of The Quiet War on Asylum. She will be available to speak to your group at the... View article

Dunedin visit of Stephen Bevans

Stephen Bevans from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

Topic:                        MERCY AND MISSION Date and Time:           5.15 – 6.30pm on Friday May the 6th Venue:                          The University of Otago, Burns 2 Lecture Theatre in Albany Street Live-Streaming:          go to www.cdd.org.nz.

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South Island Ministry Conference: East Taieri Presbyterian Church

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for this year’s ministry conference 17-19 May 2016 entitled “Back to the Future”.

There are a number of fantastic workshop options to choose from, the usual awesome meals available, and our keynote speaker this year is Rod Thompson. Register before 22 April to receive the early bird discount. For a brochure, more information and to register go to www.etchurch.co.nz If you would like a printed copy of the brochure... View article

Clergy Announcement

Bishop Kelvin has appointed the Rev Gary Griffith-Smith to be the next vicar of Gore. Gary will join us in October to minister in the parish of Gore and Districts. His wife Debbie and three teenage children will arrive in January. Gary has been the Chaplain at St Andrew’s School, Grahamstown in South Africa and previously has been the vicar of St Mathews in Dunedin.

Please  pray for Gary and his family as they prepare to come to Gore. We look forward to having them with us.

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Anglican Women’s Studies Centre Newsletter – April 2016

This monthly newsletter is available for anyone who wants to read about aspects of Anglican Women’s Studies Centre. It is especially of interest to women. Contact Jenny Campbell, Dunedin Diocesan Link   to join the list  

Kia ora, Malo e lelei Talofa Lava Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Kamusta, Ni Hao, Greetings!

This month’s newsletter is all about what transpired at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the... View article

What would you do?

During a visit to  Uganda 5 years ago, visiting families who are sponsored by people like you through TEAR Fund, I was approached by some local people looking for further support from places like NZ.  After telling  them what I did in Invercargill as an Early Intervention Teacher  where I worked  with many families who had a children with special needs they requested my help in setting up a Foundation to support children with special needs in Uganda and in particular in remote villages... View article

The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion.

Violence in the Name of Religion…. Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 17 July 2016

Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

In this conference, we aim to bring together the insights of the 20th century’s premier theorist of violence and religion, René Girard, with the latest scholarship on religion and violence.

The conference will critically analyse the link made between religion and violence, and explore contemporary... View article

CWS appeals for Fiji

On Sunday Christian World Service launched an appeal for Fiji after Cyclone Winston caused widespread destruction. The category five storm affected most of the population. The death toll has reached 42 and continues to rise. Many more have been injured and are traumatised by their experience. The Fijian Government reports more than 13,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

With wind gusts of up to 325 kilometres an hour and waves over ten metres, the cyclone smashed... View article

Diocesan Office closed on Tuesday 1st March.

The Diocesan Office will be closed on Tuesday 1st March 2016. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

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Way Forward report goes public

The long-awaited report of the Way Forward Working Group has been released.

Today’s publication comes almost 18 months since the 13-member group began its work – and it proposes two new liturgies to be considered by May’s General Synod.

These liturgies have been designed to allow for the blessing of couples who have been married in a civil ceremony – according either to New Zealand law, or to the law in the Pacific Island nations which form part of this church. These... View article

Refugees Update

Nationwide tour speaks to doubling New Zealand’s refugee quota

A discussion of the review of New Zealand’s refugee quota will travel to eight New Zealand cities in February and March.

Doing Our Bit spokesperson, Murdoch Stephens, will be advocating for a doubling of the quota, which has not grown in 29 years.

Speaking at universities, churches, and community centres, Stephens will be joined  in each city by a local speaker who will discuss refugee issues in their... View article

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