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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Break your heart open in love for the world

Movement of peoples, acts of terrorism, the clashing of political powers, religious extremism, hope and despair. They are the stories and images in our daily news. They are also a part of the first

Christmas story.

Today we struggle to make sense of our world. What is happening to us? How can we respond to events of global violence and terrorism?

In considering these challenges the Christmas narrative has significant relevance.

It is into this kind of world suffering that God breaks in with the cry of a baby;...

Thursday 19 November 2015

The Council of Assembly met from 12-14 November in Dunedin. Council was a guest of the Synod of Otago and Southland. Read the November 2015 Council News.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

The summer edition of Spanz magazine explores some of the many missions our churches are involved with overseas demonstrating their faith in action. ...

Sunday 15 November 2015

I invite you and your family to create a short ritual at a meal this coming week. Light a candle. Place an empty chair at the table. Break bread and drink from a cup. Have a conversation about the "fear factor". Will fear or love win? This is the very least we can do!

Rt Rev Andrew Norton
Moderator, Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand

Lovers Lament

city of lovers'
where the cello bow
acquiesced to the cadence
of assassins' fire

a city weeps
blood spilled
bodies broken
conceived in terror 


Wednesday 04 November 2015

The Presbyterian Research  Centre, Dunedin, incorporates the Church’s Archives and Hewitson Library. We are seeking a new Director who will have the opportunity to lead the Centre to fulfil its educational, research and information purposes for the benefit of the Presbyterian Church and the wider community. More information and job description here.

Friday 30 October 2015

Christian World Service is appealing for donations to help relief efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan after a 7.5 quake on 26 October. The death toll currently stands at 382 with 2,368 reported injured. Thousands more have been left homeless. see more and donate at

Friday 23 October 2015

White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2015 is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women. We have ribbons, posters and leaflets for the 2015 White Ribbon campaign available free to parishes - there's 500 so get in touch soon, email and let us know how many to send. This year the 2015 theme is Respectful Relationships between men and women. If your parish is planning to mark White Ribbon share what you are doing so we can promote, email...

Thursday 24 September 2015

The Church has commended the Ministry of Justice on its discussion paper "Strengthening New Zealand's legislative response to family violence", which invited submissions on how to improve the country's family violence laws.

In our response to the discussion paper, the Church supports calls from Presbyterian Support New Zealand and New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) for more resources to be allocated to strategies that prevent family violence. Our submission also emphasises that being kept safe from physical violence is a fundamental human right, saying: "The...

Monday 14 September 2015

Presbyterian Women invites applications from those wishing to be a self-funded member of the 2016 Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa NZ Delegation to the United Nations.

Presbyterian Women has consultative status with the United Nations body responsible for initiatives for the advancement of women.  As a member of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Presbyterian Women has a responsibility to be represented to evaluate progress, set standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.

CSW60 (2016) the sixtieth session of...

Thursday 10 September 2015

Click to download the Spring edition of Spanz magazine. We celebrate the first women of the Presbyterian Church who were ordained as ministers and elders, and we find out about two new resources that aim to inspire the church in mission: Justice & Action and Presbyterian Shapers. We share the story of a church that is mentoring at-risk young women. You can also discover more about the recent Connect youth leaders conference, and...


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