Monthly Archives: April 2019

Stitching the Future Post-Easter

Acts: 5: 27-32 & John 20: 19-31

I’ve always been fascinated by the ‘after’ of Acts. How Jesus’ followers struggled to come to terms with what had happened, to even know what had happened. When every bone in the body urged flight, to run and hide under the blankets, dissolve in pieces – but they clearly did what we did during the earthquakes, what we do in any tragedy – they sought human connection. They gathered together in the upper room – cried, sat in stunned silence, prayed. Continue reading Stitching the Future Post-Easter

Hate Undone By Love

 From Michael Leunig

There are only two feelings – Love and fear.

There are only two languages – Love and fear.

There are only two activities – Love and fear

There are only two motives, two procedures

Two frameworks, two results

Love and Fear.  Love and Fear

All politics aside, as far as I am concerned, the Easter Sunday sermon for 2019 was preached in the actions and responses of our Prime Minister after the Mosque shootings. Humanity front and centre with compassion, grace and dignity. This message was fleshed out further in the theme of Hate undone by Love preached by Imam Gouda of Al Noor Mosque, Deans Ave at Friday prayers in Hagley Park, one week after the shootings and in the speech of Farid Ahmed at the Memorial Service two weeks after the shootings. Ahmed’s words were then quoted in Prince Charles’ Easter message. Continue reading Hate Undone By Love

The Pilgrim Way

Luke 19: 28-44

We become fixated with signposts and do not walk the journey. (Stefan Reynolds)

Signs and symbols are powerful. Hence the conversation around whether to change the name of the Crusader’s Rugby Franchise.  Flags for countries have meanings and also act as symbols of ‘what we stand for’ – another multi layered conversation that was evident during the last government attempt to change the NZ flag. Humans like visual symbols. They are a variation on the phrase, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. Cave paintings by early homo sapiens demonstrate that this urge towards visual symbol has been evident since human brains were able to, as it were, stand outside themselves and look at themselves. Continue reading The Pilgrim Way

Loving into the Future

John 12: 1-8

Ben Stanley – award winning freelance journalist from Ngāti Raukawa & Ngāti Whātua iwi, currently based in Memphis Tennessee, wrote in an article in E Tangata:

I seek to find the stories that matter, not only to us as Kiwis but to all open-hearted people, everywhere. I seek home in others’ hearts, and ask their permission to write of it. I look for aroha in their stories, for it is love that helps light things up when darkness threatens. Continue reading Loving into the Future