Robyn's Ramblings

Religion and Peace

Talk about religions and conflict is sure to get a mention. The perception is that religion involves disagreement and often opposition. There’s something about being correct. For some reason faith seems to mean being right or having the right truths.  

Religion in fact means what joins people into community together – the Latin word ligare means to bind.  Belief in having the right truths does bind people together, but does it make community?

At Home in this Place

What did we envisage our new “church” in Kerikeri would it be like?  Anything like it has turned out to be?
I guess I dreamed it was possible.  It was like a glimmer of a vision, and the thinking and preparation was focused on working out what might just create the environment in which that vision would happen – an environment particularly of welcome.  A place where we would want to spend time; a place where people with no church interest would find themselves happy to be; a home. Our church home; our communities’ open home.  

Farewell to Inspiring Church Friends

Grace and peace to you all in the name of Christ.  Kia tau ki a koutou katoa te aroha noa, me te rangimārie, i runga i te ingoa o te Karaiti. 
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Activism in the Long View

A few weeks ago Mike Smith, a local to Whangaroa but more often heard about around Auckland, was at the Taiwhenua Hui of the Whangaroa hapū putting their stories to the Waitangi Tribunal held at the Kaeo Rugby Club.  

(Taiwhenua Hui are meetings involving whanau, and supporters, working together to gather history and present it in a way that addresses concerns to make a better future for whanau and hapū.)  

Mike Smith is probably known to you as a protester, including the infamous chopping down of the tree on One Tree Hill.  

All Things Bright and Beautiful

When I set up the computer at Kaeo on Sundays, the congregation are sitting waiting and it's difficult when there are things I'm not planning for them to see.  It happened recently for the sound file for Simple Gifts, the Shaker Song.  It was a video by Jewel, which ran during the service with a blank screen.  Setting it up meant showing the picture on the video file – the singer wearing a rather low cut garment.  As I tried to be speedy in case the sight was not pleasing to the gathered community of faith, Michael piped up: “All things bright and beautiful”.