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Minister’s Blog

Head and Heart

Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.          Margaret Cho Do you know when it is your head speaking and when it is your heart speaking when you say something?  Reacting to something that happens or responding to someone else’s comments, where do your words or actions come from? Joy Cowley [...]

By |October 12th, 2016|

Unexpected Heroes

Ruth 1:1-18 You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin–-to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours–-closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. J.R.R. [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|

Shame, Lament, and Re-connection

Something got me thinking again about shame. There’s an important link between shame and mental health.  Also shame is experienced by a wide range of ordinary people. In some cultures shame is the reverse of honour.  In other cultures, in particular the main culture I’ve lived within, it is the reverse of success. […]

By |October 10th, 2016|

Being Community Commons

It’s been more than a year now since the Kerikeri congregation experienced something unique in the life of a congregation.  Coming to church on Sunday morning meant coming to a place that was not only fresh and new and unlike any traditional building but fresh and new to everyone attending.  Those who had been part of the Sunday group as [...]

By |October 8th, 2016|

He Aituā

Aituā is a powerful Māori word that can’t really be matched in English.  H.W. Williams dictionary speaks of “misfortune, trouble, disaster, accident”, and next to it is aitu meaning “calamity”.  It’s when death comes trampling, death of a person or other sorts of death – of dreams, or a relationship, of health, of prospects, of the future we thought we [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|
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