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Wednesday 24 February 2016

This year, Neighbours Day Aotearoa - the weekend that brings neighbours together to help build stronger, more resilient communities - falls on Psalm Sunday, with Good Friday just a few days later.

With this in mind, PresCare, the partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support, is resourcing parishes to get involved by sharing Easter buns with your neighbours.

Check out this page on the Church website for ideas about how to get involved. ...

Friday 19 February 2016

Church Moderator, the Rt Rev Andrew Norton, has published two documents as a follow-up to his June 2015 It's a matter of faith white paper.

The two papers - Green volunteers: your voice (part one) is a summary of feedback received in response to the issues raised in It's a matter of faith, and Green volunteers: a way forward (part two) is Andrew's reflection on that feedback. 

The papers, which have been widely circulated to parishes, ministers,...

Friday 05 February 2016

The Church's leadership subcommittee has made available some resources relating to the use of inclusive language. Two papers and a study prepared by the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership are available here.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Read the InterChurch Bioethics Council (ICBC) submission against introducing legislation to allow “physician-assisted dying”.

The ICBC is an ecumenical, cross-cultural body supported by the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand - see more at

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Help New Zealanders live in better quality rental housing. The government is calling for public submissions on the issue until 27 Jan. The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has teamed up with ActionStation, Unicef, CPAG and Sustainability Trust to create a simple way for you to make a submission here

NZCCSS supports legislation to raise housing standards but believes the standard proposed in the government Bill...

Thursday 17 December 2015

The Christmas narrative has significant relevance for the problems facing today's world - acts of terrorism, the clashing of political powers, religious extremism, hope and despair - says Rt Rev Andrew Norton. Read more

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 



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