Rev Ray Bloomfield will be running an 18-week extended clinical pastoral education course in 2017 in Rotorua commencing 14 February and finishing on 29 June 2017. Clinical pastoral education is an action-reflection method of learning pastoral care under supervision which:

• integrates pastoral work and theology, with relevant medical, psychological and behavioural sciences

• engages participants in reflection about what happens before their eyes

• develops better pastoral relationships by bringing together personal experience, spirituality and theology

• is professional education for ministry, designed to establish and improve ministry practice

The goal of CPE is to assist participants, using an experiential learning approach, to begin (or enhance) the development of their personhood and the skills of pastoral care. This includes beginning to understand, or to consolidate and expand, the connections between their experiences in life, ministry, faith and theology.

Further information can be obtained from Alison Lamberton or phone on 07 349 7853. Or check out



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


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




Kia ora

This is an invitation to a hui on diversity at Te Maungarongo Marae.

This is not an attempt to broker deals prior to Assembly but to foster a greater appreciation for the diversity of views within our church on matters of sexuality and marriage and how this impacts our life together.

The hui will be hosted jointly by the Moderator of Te Aka Puaho Rev Wayne Te Kaawa and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton. Members of the Council of Assembly and the Moderator-designate, the Rev Richard Dawson will also be present.

As the invitation has been extended by Te Aka Puaho, we will be using the values of Te Maungarongo as the basis of our engagement. This will ensure all people are given the highest respect and have a safe place for their views to be shared.

This meeting is an open meeting and you are welcome to extend this invitation to others. We will however, need to know numbers and be assured a wide representation of views present; we would like to see lay and ordained, female and male, young and old and a cultural and theological mix from the whole spectrum of our Church.

The Hui will commence with a powhiri at 4.00pm on Thursday 11 August and finish with lunch at noon on Friday 12 August.

If you come early, there's good coffee across the road and a wonderful beach walk; please assemble at the lower campsite at 4.00pm and you will be escorted from there.

Please RSVP to Andrew Norton by 1 August if you wish to attend.

Nga mihi nui
Wayne Te Kaawa and Andrew Norton

What to bring: an open and generous heart, sleeping bag, towel and optional ear plugs.



Kowai Presbyterian Parish (Amberley and Sefton) North Canterbury will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary on 26-27 November 2016. We are wanting to contact former members and descendants of former members to be part of this weekend. For further information please contact Nancy-Jean Whitehead by email or phone 03 3148110 or 027 389 9860.


On 27-29 September, Local Ordained Ministers (LOM’s) will be gathering at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) in Dunedin.

LOMs from around New Zealand will engage with each other for three days of ministry development and strengthening of relationships. The KCML team will provide teaching and are hosting the event. For some of those gathering, this will be their first time at KCML and so they can be introduced to the resources available nationally such as the Hewitson Library and Research Centre. This is the first of what KCML hopes to be an annual event for LOMs.

LOMs have been contacted by KCML about attending this day, but if you are a LOM and haven't yet received any information, please contact the Rev Geoff New, KCML Dean of Studies, for further details.


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:


The St John's Visiting Scholar programme, in association with Religious Studies at Victoria University, is delighted to announce three events in Wellington on 28-29 July 2016:

The Human In Question: A Conversation

28 July, 7.30-9.00 pm (JJ Murphy, 119 Cuba St Mall, upstairs).

Join us for an engaging conversation on the theme of what it means to be human. Four scholars will briefly outline current ideas in the worlds of economics, anthropology, geography, and theology - exploring implications of these ideas, and discussing with all-comers. Come and join what promises to be a lively and convivial conversation.

Professor Paul Oslington: Dean of Business and Professor of Economics, Alphacrucis College, Australia • Dr Derrick Lemons: Department of Religion, University of Georgia, USA • Dr Eleanor Sanderson: Canon Theologian, Anglican Diocese of Wellington; Research Associate in Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington • Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman: Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago (Wellington)

Two daytime lectures with Dr Lemons and Prof Oslington will take place at Victoria University on 28 and 29 July, addressing theological engagements with anthropology and economics respectively:

Dr Derrick Lemons: "Towards a Theologically Engaged Anthropology."

28 July 2016, 12.00-1.00 pm (Hugh MacKenzie LT001, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn):

Prof. Paul Oslington: "Why do Economists Think that Markets Work?"

29 July 2016, 12.30-1.30 pm (Old Government Building LT3, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea):


Are you passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of women? Do you network within your faith community to improve the lives of women and girls? Expressions of interest are already being received for the Presbyterian Women delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in 2017. 

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non- governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. 

Priority theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Review theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. 

If you are interested in being a self-funded member of the Presbyterian Women’s delegation next year in March please email Carol Grant: Full applications and CVs will be called for later in the year.


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