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Friday 03 July 2015

The Presbyterian Church has launched a new blog for church leaders. The blog – called Candour – replaces the printed and online magazine of the same name that ceased publication in March 2015.

The blog has the objective of inspiring and equipping leaders in their ministry. As well as resourcing ministers, it is hoped that the blog will provide a a forum for meaningful engagement as leaders engage in conversation and respond to the issues canvassed in Candour. As well as regular features on particular themes, a variety of topical issues will be discussed such as...

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Tuesday 16 June 2015

A reminder that the deadline to register for charitable status is 30 June 2015. After this date parishes and presbyteries will no longer come under the Presbyterian Church's charities registration. If an application has not been completed and sent to Charities Services, parishes will lose their charitable status.

Parishes are asked to give this matter their urgent attention. Guidance on the process for making an application is available from Finance Manager, Brendan Sweeney, at Assembly Office. For more information, email Brendan or...

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Monday 08 June 2015

Last week the Moderator, Rt Rev Andrew Norton, sent his White Paper It's a Matter of Faith to all parishes, presbyteries and Synods.

The Moderator says, “My motive for producing this White Paper is to promote engagement, dialogue and action on a number of key issues I see facing our Church today. It is simply “as I see it”. You can agree or disagree, however, what is most needed is engagement with these issues at a congregational and regional (presbytery) level. If I can in any way prompt or provoke such dialogue and action, this paper...

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Thursday 04 June 2015

Click to download the winter edition of Spanz magazine. It explores how the Church is supporting post-cyclone Vanuatu on its long road to recovery and we find out about a Presbyterian defence force chaplain’s Vanuatu mission. We share the story of the Presbyterian minister who was the first chaplain killed at Gallipoli and discover what Presbyterian students learnt on a recent visit to Gallipoli. We celebrate the gifting of church coastal land to the Kaikoura...

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Thursday 04 June 2015

In December this year, countries will meet in Paris to establish a new international climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Government sought submissions on what New Zealand’s target to reduce emissions after 2020 should be. Read the Church’s submission.

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

The fastest growing religion in New Zealand is a religion of no religion.[i]

This does not represent a decline in religion but a transfer of religious affiliation. The new religion of New Zealand is “civic religion”.

This is very evident in the huge growth of attendance at ANZAC day services. While I commend the remembrance of ANZAC, it has now taken on a life all of its own as a civic religion. We gather before the breaking dawn, stand in silence, pray and...

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Friday 08 May 2015

Christian World Service has launched an appeal to provide relief supplies in Nepal.   

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake has caused widespread damage throughout most of the country. The death toll is around 2,000 people and continues to rise. 

Many people are remaining outside as large aftershocks continue.  Rural areas were particularly badly hit and it will take some time for a full picture of the damage to emerge.

Read more about how you can, or...

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Thursday 30 April 2015

Christian Conference of Asia has issued a pastoral letter to all it's members, including the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, inviting us to join in prayer for the people of Nepal who have been devastated by the recent earthquake centred near the country's capital of Kathmandu. We are invited to extend every possible support for humanitarian assistance. Read letter

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Thursday 23 April 2015

Moderator, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton and Global Mission Co-ordinator, the Rev Phil King are currently in Vanuatu meeting with representatives from the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV), offering pastoral support, and having discussions about how the Church can best help in the recovery efforts. Read these "Postcards from Vanuatu" to learn more about the situation in Vanuatu.

Postcard from Vanuatu: Proud to be Presbyterian

I am just letting you know that I'm bursting with pride about being part of the Presbyterian community.

Phil King (or in Vanuatu, King Phil) is...

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Thursday 23 April 2015

 

ANZAC Day 1915 is a very special day in our history. It is this day that has shaped us as a nation. It is this day that the stories are told and passed from one generation to the next. It is this day that all agree “must not happen again”, and yet the cycle of history turns and each new generation must grapple with the issues of the present day. Lest we forget!

Last year I visited the Jerusalem memorial for over one million children who died in the Holocaust. Our guide asked, “Why did this happen?”

We must wrestle with the question of why...

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