This public seminar series aims to encourage and promote research on Christianity and cultures in Asia. It also aims to encourage use of the Rita Mayne England collection on Asian Christianity held at the Presbyterian Research Centre.

Lectures are held at the Presbyterian Research Centre, Opoho Street, Dunedin.

For further details about the lectures (one each in May, August, October and December 2016), please read more here.



24th / 25th September 2016

Registrations close 14th September. Download registration form from 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 or email


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


The Trans-Tasman Ecumenical Rural Ministry Consultation 2016 is being held in Wairarapa 16-20 May 2016. For registration and other details see


The annual conference of the NZ Faith Community Nurses Association is being held in September 2016. With a theme of "Called to Care", the conference is in Nelson on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016.

For more information, please see the NZFCNA website for full details of speakers, programme and accommodation. Read more




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:


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