24th / 25th September 2016
Registrations close 14th September. Download registration form from http://www.stcolumba-taradale.org.nz/assets/Uploads/REGISTRATION-FORM4.pdf and send with payments to, Attention: Anna Neil, St Columba's, PO Box 7136, Taradale, Hawke's Bay. Please make cheques payable to "Taradale Presbyterian Church". See more at www.stcolumba-taradale.org.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Held 6-8 May 2016, at St Paul’s Napier, the conference features the following guest speakers: Rev Dr Robin Meyer, Jo Randerson, Dr Robert Myles and Presbyterian minister and MP, the Rev David Clark. Details about how to register and other information about the conference can be found here
An inspirational and nurturing day for all those in ministry and leadership. Local and international speakers promise to inspire us to “move beyond ourselves”. As always, Clevedon hospitality will be a feature of the day culminating with a celebratory dinner. Costs $40 per person or $60 per couple. Click here to find out more.
A gathering of progressive Christians is planned for 6-8 May at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Napier. This will be the second national conference of Progressive Spirituality, a movement parallel to the Australian Common Dreams organisation. The planning committee is drawn from Presbyterian, Methodist and Anglican churches in Napier and Hastings.
The theme for 2016 “Common Ground” and involves speakers from religion, politics, and the arts. Our overseas visitor is Robin Meyers: minister and Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University, who offers a non-dogmatic approach to Christianity and a subversive approach to politics. He is author of The Underground Church, Saving Jesus from the Church, and Spiritual Defiance: Faith as Resistance.
The New Zealand speakers are:
Jo Randerson, playwright, performer and director of Barbarian Theatre Company which uses drama to frame complex questions and express radical politics;
Robert Myles, lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland who sees religion as providing “nourishment for struggles against injustice and exploitation”;
David Clark, Presbyterian minister and MP for Dunedin South, pushing for societal change through the Labour Party.
The conference commences on Friday afternoon, 6 May. The programme offers five presentations, plus workshops, a panel discussion, and the occasional surprise element. There is an optional conference dinner and entertainment on the Saturday evening. The conference concludes with Robin Meyers preaching at a combined morning service on Sunday 8 May.
Register online at www.progressivespirituality.co.nz.
The Trans-Tasman Ecumenical Rural Ministry Consultation 2016 is being held in Wairarapa 16-20 May 2016. For registration and other details see http://www.irca.net.nz/oceania.php.
The Leadership Sub-Committee is undertaking an assessment of the Ministry Review process. Ministry Reviews are focused on ongoing ministry development for ordained ministers serving in a congregation or a chaplaincy role.
The review team of Barry Ayers, Rob Ferguson and Paul Ramsay have developed a survey to help assess the implementation and operation of the Ministry Review process.
The survey will remain open until 31 March 2016 and all responses are anonymous unless you wish to supply your contact details. Ministers, reviewers and anyone else who is interested in the Ministry Review process are invited to complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2GLXZVQ
The New Zealand Association of Theological Schools is holding a conference on 28-30 June at Carey Baptist College in Auckland. Guest speakers include Dr Murray Rae, Dr Tim Meadowcroft and Rev Dr Rebecca Dudley. Registration is $150. More information, including how to register, can be found here: www.carey.ac.nz.
Calling all mission advisors, enablers, strategists or facilitators
Press Go is co-ordinating a one-and-a-half-day workshop for mission leaders from Thu, 21 - Fri, 22 April 2016. The workshop is an opportunity for those employed by presbyteries as well as volunteers to get together for discussion, planning, networking and mutual support.