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July 2019 1 e-messenger Web Site Address: www.methodist.org.nz “Our Church's Mission in Aotearoa New Zealand is to reflect and proclaim the transforming love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and declared in the Scriptures. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve God in the world. The Treaty of Waitangi is the covenant establishing our nation on the basis of a power-sharing relationship, and will guide how we undertake mission”. e e- -M Me es ss se en ng ge er r The Methodist Church of New Zealand ~ Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa July 2019 Click on the links below to go to each section Official Communications ___ 2
- A message from the General Secretary Remember in your Prayers ___ 3
News from Around the Connexion ___ 4
Methodist Alliance Aotearoa ___ 7
Caring for Our People ___ 10
Public Issues Network ___ 12
Methodist Mission & Ecumenical ___ 13
Ecumenical News & Views ___ 17
Amendments to the Yearbook [no updates this month] CONTENTS

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July 2019 2 e-messenger Official Communications A Message from the General Secretary From David’s Desk... The Connexional Office team were sad to farewell Jade Barlow last week. Jade had been Receptionist/Administrator for three years and has moved to Brisbane where her partner has a new job. Jade’s lively smile and energy will be missed. Karen Isaacs will be relieving for the next couple of weeks before a new appointee commences work (you can email Karen using Jade’s email address in the interim jadeb@methodist.org.nz). Every three years of membership in the Accuro Medical Insurance Scheme entitles the policy-holder to two significant loyalty benefits:
  • A free bowel cancer screening kit.
  • An up to $150 subsidy for a comprehensive medical check-up. The benefits are only available for 60 days from 1 July and only every 3 years. The medical insurance scheme commenced 9 years ago so many Presbyters and their families will be due to receive this benefit in 2019. Early detection is the key to better outcomes when there is a medical issue. Claim your benefits when they come due – and before the end of August.

To claim send an email to Accuro info@accuro.co.nz with your name and membership number. When the new financial year commenced on 1st July the Accountants and Fund Administrators in the office began preparing annual accounts and readying for the Auditors to arrive. Each year I am in admiration for the amount of detailed work that goes into getting our financial returns completed. I know that in Parishes across the country envelope recorders and Treasurers give many hours to ensure the Parish finances are properly recorded. These are critical roles and I want to say, thank you. You may not be aware that the new Accounting Standards record more than income and expenditure.

The accounts also record what our funds have enabled us to do. The number of Rest Home Services, or food parcels distributed, or worship services or...whatever it is your Parish does. Charities Services says that this is one of the most critical parts of the accounts for it is here that we give accounts of our charitable purpose. Please don’t leave this to your Treasurer to complete – it is a task for the Parish Council. I was going to include a report of the recent Consultation for Migration which I attended, however Ady has asked that I prepare an article for Touchstone and it will be in the August issue.

One Church present has a goal to create a welcoming people to come and help transform us – not come and be like us! A goal worth our consideration. What might this mean for us?

Recently I have read a couple of light weight novels, a necessary relaxation after a busy few months. I have now started to read “The Great Partnership: God, Science and the search for meaning.” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. His basic premise is that science takes things apart to discover how they work and faith puts them together to try and understand what they mean. The opening sentence: “If the new atheists are right, you would have to be sad, mad or bad to believe in God and practice a religious faith.” “The cure of bad religion is good religion, not no religion, just as the cure of bad science is good science, not the abandonment of science.” Are you reading something which makes you think? David

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July 2019 3 e-messenger REMEMBER In your Prayers It is with sadness that I advise the Connexion of the death of Olga Jacobson on Sunday 16th June. Olga is the sister of Rev Pat Jacobson, and known to many as Pat and Olga have shared a home for many years. There was a celebration wake including tributes on Saturday 29th June in Masterton. We express our prayers and sympathy to all who knew and loved Olga. Messages may be sent to Pat at olga-jac@outlook.com It is with sadness that we advise the Church of the death of Barbara Phillipps on Tuesday 2 July 2019. Barbara is the wife of Rev Donald Phillipps.

A service to celebrate Barbara's life was held at Mornington Methodist Church on Saturday 6 July 2019. Messages for Donald and the family may be sent to 46 Bryant Street, Dunedin 9011 or to donaldphillipps@gmail.com We extend the love and care of the Church to Barbara's family and friends. It is with sadness that we advise the Church of the death of Rev William (Bill) Chessum on Saturday 6 July 2019. A service to celebrate Bill's life was held on Monday 15July 2019 at Manurewa Methodist Church, Auckland. Messages for Annette and the family can be sent by email annette.chessum@gmail.com We extend our love and care to Annette, the extended family and friends.

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July 2019 4 e-messenger Connexional News Recognition of our Church As a Church we celebrate the achievements of two more of our members who were recognised in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours with a Queen’s Services Medal (QSM): Levaopolo Seupule Tiava’asu’e JP for services to Pacifica mental health and services to the Samoan Community. Mr Sydney Tamou Kershaw, Patea, for services to Māori performing arts and the community. We extend our warm congratulations to these two and to other Methodists from across the country who have received recognition this year.

Let the Children Live’ – Grants for Parish Initiatives We still have some spaces for applications for the Let the Children Live grant fund Director's meeting on 13th August 2019 the last day for receiving applications is Tuesday, 6th August.

Read below for some ideas to stimulate your thinking on some potential projects. 101 Ideas for a Let the Children Live Project in your parish 1. Establish a 'Messy Church' 2. Provide breakfast for school children 3. Fund/sponsor parenting classes 4. Run a school holiday programme 5. Provide toys, books or games for church Kindergartens and Churches 6. Replace Girls/Boys Brigade uniforms 7. Sponsor mentors for teenagers in trouble 8. Provide gift baskets for new born babies 9. Support families through life threatening illnesses 10. Encourage mum, dad, grandparents to roll about on the carpet with their toddlers (cost free this one) 11.

Take the children of the Parishes to the zoo 12. Eat healthy and physical activity 13. Boot camp 14. Homework centre 15. Cooking demonstration 16. Provide resources to meet Sunday schools needs in regarding activities and teaching 17. Special awards of achievement (Acknowledgement) All you need to do is send us your ideas, together with a copy of the Parish minutes authorising the application. Don't delay, send in your applications now to admin@missionresourcing.org.nz or P.B. 11-903, Ellerslie, Auckland 1542. If you have a Father's Day or Christmas idea for your project, you will need to send the details in to us early so there are no delays with your funding.

Glenys Russell. PA to Directors, Mission Resourcing Email: admin@missionresourcing.org.nz, Phone: [09] 5254179 Kiwibank is going Cheque Free from 28 February 2020 For Kiwibank customers, this means they will not be able to get a cheque book on a newly opened bank account. If they already have cheque facilities on existing accounts, they will not be able to order a new cheque book from 30 September 2019. From 28 February 2020 Kiwibank will no longer accept cheque deposits and will stop providing bank cheques. What this could mean is that if you receive a cheque from a Kiwibank customer AFTER 28 February 2020, your bank (mainly the Bank of New Zealand for most Methodist Parishes) will no longer be able to deposit them as they will NOT be accepted by Kiwibank.

From 1 March 2020 you will not be able to write out a cheque to a customer/supplier or as a grant to someone who has a Kiwibank account as Kiwibank will not accept the cheque. These payments will need to be made by internet banking. Our expectation is that Kiwibank are leading the charge on this issue. The use of cheques has reduced by 20% year-on-year for the past five years. Other banks will follow suit and therefore parishes and other entities within the Church need to start preparing for the phasing out of cheques by other banks in 2020 and 2021. The Methodist Church has a BNZ internet banking login for the Church, any Methodist Parish or entity who would like access to their Parish bank accounts through internet banking, please e-mail ib4b@methodist.org.nz.

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July 2019 5 e-messenger Microsoft Office 365 – Applications Overview – From the Home Screen The information/instruction sheet for this will be sent out separately by emessenger email as it is too long to include in the newsletter. AED Defibrillator - St John’s Offer Extended ST JOHN’S OFFER EXTENDED to end of August 2019! 25% off AED-Defibrillator offer to all Churches and places of Worship People of any age might need a defibrillator and the St John organisation want to keep our hearts ticking a little longer.

Register your parish’s interest to buy a defibrillator You need not purchase straight away, which gives some time for fundraising.

Registrations of Interest are now open until end of August 2019, and can be made by email to scott.lewis@stjohn.org.nz. Please share this offer far and wide throughout our parishes and churches as we may all benefit. We can save lives. CLICK HERE for more information http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/aed-defibrillator_offer Register your AED-Defibrillator Registering your defibrillator is important to make it publicly accessible. Read this story about a panicked dad trying to access a defibrillator for his unconscious toddler CLICK HERE - https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113812568/panicked-dads-five-minutewait-to-access-defibrillator-for-unconscious-toddler Ensure your AED is registered with the 111 call centre! CLICK HERE - Private listing with 111 call centre CLICK HERE - Public register online with AED Location

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July 2019 6 e-messenger Professional Development Grants Committee PROFESSIONAL Development grants committee Are wondering why so few applications are being received in 2019. All synods were sent the document that PDG presented at Conference 2018 which asked for synods to include this at the March 2019 synods. I am still waiting for YOUR replies!! Study leave is a paid priority each year for Ordained leaders, now I wonder if everyone is selffunding their chosen study topic??? NOW is the time to look ahead to 2020 and how you plan to use the many opportunities that are available for you to explore and develop your skills and interests.

  • If you are planning study at a tertiary institute it is IMPORTANT that you make an application in time for the November 2019 PDG meeting PDG is available for Lay members as well as Ordained leaders. New Zealand Lay Preachers Association – a date to put in your diary! N.Z.L.P.A. The Auckland Ecumenical Lay Preachers Gathering An Ecumenical Workshop open to all. Presented by : Rev Dr Mary Caygill Being a People at Prayer – the role and leadership of public prayer in worship.
  • Reflecting on our own understandings of prayer.
  • The role and function of prayer in the public context of worship.
  • The ‘how to’ of writing and leading public prayer for worship. WhenSaturday 14th September, 2019. 9.30am -12.30pm WhereSt John’s College, Auckland Koha $10 Please register your attendance by 31st August. to Linda Hall, Phone: 09 521 5360, email: lindajeanhall00@gmail.com. Please bring a plate. This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA
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July 2019 7 e-messenger Methodist Alliance Aotearoa NGA PURAPURA WETERIANA July 2019 Children taken into State care The recent Newsroom video “New Zealand’s Own Taken Generation” recorded Oranga Tamariki’s attempted uplift of a child from its mother and whanau at a maternity ward of a hospital.1 The video revealed to the wider public the lived reality of many whanau. Many Methodist Alliance members work in this challenging area to support just outcomes for these whanau. The Methodist Alliance is pleased that since the video was released, four inquiries have been announced:
  • An internal inquiry by Oranga Tamariki’s chief social worker and a nominated representative from Hawkes Bay iwi Ngāti Kahangunu;
  • an inquiry by the Children's Commissioner into the uplifts of Māori babies;
  • a broader inquiry into Oranga Tamariki's uplifts by the Chief Ombudsman; and
  • a Māori-led inquiry called by a group of leading names in Māoridom. As communities we need to learn how we can reduce the trauma caused to whole whanau by uplifting babies from their mothers and how we can keep children safe. The numbers of children taken into care has increased dramatically in the year ending 30 June 2018 with 6,3502 children in the custody of the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki – an increase of 11.3% from the previous year, and an increase of 28% since June 2013. The number of Māori tamariki in care continues to increase disproportionately - increasing from 55% of all children in care in 2013 to 68% of all children in care in 2018. The graphs illustrate this.

1 The video can be viewed here: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/06/11/629363/nzs-own-taken-generation# 2 Oranga Tamariki Annual Report 2017/2018 at page 6

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July 2019 8 e-messenger The number of babies under 30 days old that have been taken into care has also increased from 157 in the year ending 30 June 2009 to 256 in 2017 – an increase of 63%. The numbers of Māori tamariki under 1 year old entering state care continues to be disproportionate, with numbers peaking at 311 in 2017. We believe that the traumatic step of removing children from whanau should be the last resort and it should be rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Our current statistics tell another story. We know from our work that the background circumstances that lead to uplifting children is the reality of entrenched poverty and the stress this places on whanau over generations. As a nation we need to take more radical action to tackle systemic poverty that leads to tamariki being highly vulnerable to abuse. We also know that sometimes decisive action is needed to protect children

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July 2019 9 e-messenger at risk of harm. From our collective experience we know this can be done in a more humane and respectful manner than is demonstrated on the video. Methodist Alliance members are actively working with Oranga Tamariki to design approaches that reduce the likelihood of removing children from families and are supporting the reunification of whanau after tamariki have been uplifted. Aotearoa New Zealand has appalling rates child abuse and we know that we cannot guarantee positive life outcomes for children and young people that are taken into care. Too many experience unacceptable levels of re-abuse and re-victimisation, and also have poor long term outcomes in health, education, employment and in living crime-free lives.3 We all need to work together to ensure that vulnerable children and young people achieve better life outcomes.

We need to ensure the voice and power of the parent and child are central and we need to name and tackle the underlying issues of compounding stress caused by poverty and punative welfare policies. Members of the Methodist Alliance work in partnership with families/whānau, other community organisations, hapu and Iwi organisations and with Oranga Tamariki to keep children and young people safe and to increase the abilities of parents to parent their children/tamariki safely and well.

Ngā mihi nui Carol Barron, National Coordinator 03 375 0512 | 027 561 9164 | Carol@MethodistAlliance.org.nz 3 Expert Panel Final Report, Investing in New Zealand’s Children & their Families, December 2015, at page 7

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July 2019 10 e-messenger Caring for Our People Manaakitia ā tātou tāngata July 2019 As-salāmu ‘alaykum. Peace be with you. Once upon a time there was a fire... It was a fire in a building that lots of people used many times a day, every day of the week. Imagine the disruption that fire caused! Thankfully, nobody was hurt! Our People were dedicated to get the building up and running again, tradespeople were called and they all leapt into action.

With vim and vigour! And great gusto! However... because there is always a ‘however’... the asbestos management plan didn’t kick into action. Our People and all the tradespeople had leapt into action without knowing if there was any asbestos in the damaged building materials.

An asbestos consultant was called in to verify if there was asbestos anywhere. He felt stink because he had to ask all the enthusiastic people to stop work until the asbestos all clear was given. He put a rush order on the test results and in less than a working day the building was given an all clear for asbestos The people could shout ‘hurrah’ and return to work knowing they were safe. Let us take a lesson from this building fire, and all the building fires before it... it is our primary responsibility to Care for Our People. We can do this by identifying and managing all asbestos risks.

  • Our asbestos management policy is simple.
  • If you don’t know if a building material contains asbestos, don’t ‘touch’*.
  • If you want to do anything to those building materials, get it professionally tested first. *‘Touching’ includes but is not limited to:
  • fire damage inspections
  • insulation inspections
  • rescuing objects
  • rummaging
  • maintenance and repair
  • demolition
  • building and additions
  • digging
  • cutting and drilling
  • sanding
  • waterblasting The following call list should be in your emergency/disaster recovery plans... The following call list should be in your emergency/disaster recovery plans... First you call the fire brigade, then you call the asbestos consultant, then you call the Connexional Office for Insurance and Property, and Health & Safety, then you call WorkSafe 0800 030 040, and then you call the tradespeople. Accidents will happen, how we prevent and mitigate them is important. *** Auē! A great word to use for accidents. It is a versatile word which can cover emotions of despair through to great annoyance. It ranges from ‘oh bother’ through to something much stronger depending on the tone and attitude put into your voice. Fits all occasions!

Nā Trudy Downes Mobile 027 457 4196 trudyd@methodist.org.nz

July 2019 11 e-messenger https://getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2019 Join us for the 2019 New Zealand ShakeOut and Tsunami Hīkoi on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 1.30pm. If you cannot do the drill at 1.30pm on 17 October 2019, you can choose a time to suit you within two weeks of the drill and still be counted. Sign up now About New Zealand ShakeOut All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.

  • New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. We are encouraging everyone, but particularly all early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and businesses to sign up, hold a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hīkoi if they are in a tsunami zone. Find out more! How to ShakeOut New Zealand ShakeOut is a self-run earthquake drill.
  • DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
  • COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is within a few steps of you).

HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. If the shaking shifts your shelter around, move with it. While you are doing the drill, imagine that it is real and what might be happening around you. Think about what you might need to do before a real earthquake happens to help protect yourself. Find out more for Before, During and After

  • July 2019 12 e-messenger Methodist Public Issues Network News July 2019
  • Equality Network
  • Inquiry into Mosque attacks
  • Mining harm in Solomon Islands
  • Maori TV docos Equality Network The June meeting of the Equality Network began preparing for the 2020 elections! While there are some gains in reducing poverty the main initiative to redistribute wealth through Capital Gains Tax has been stopped. http://www.equalitynetwork.org.nz/ Inquiry into Mosque attacks There are concerns about Muslim community involvement in the Inquiry into the Mosque attacks. Bauxite spill in Solomon Islands causes harm to the coast and to food supplies Mining can be hazardous. An oil spill in February associated with the mining of bauxite was followed by a major spill of bauxite (used for aluminium smelter) in June.

Climate Change (Zero Carbon) bill We’ve had a six week intensive on the Zero Carbon bill. Thank you and congratulations to all Methodists and friends who joined in submission activities and submitted. These photos are from ‘Soup, Science and Submissions’ at Wesley Taranaki St, and the Wesley Broadway Palmerston North Submission meeting following church and a lunch gathering. The Churches Climate Justice Network submission supports limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees in accordance with the IPCC 1.5 report (2018).

Pathways to net zero carbon will take account cumulative CO2, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and include policy for a just and inclusive society and Just Transitions.

In summary, principles to guide implementation of the Act include giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, facilitate a fair, inclusive, cost-effective, transparent economywide transition that takes account of the opportunities and risks of climate change, Just Transitions, limiting carbon offsets and international credits to meet budgets for limiting warming to 1.5 degrees and the goal of net zero carbon by 2050, intergenerational equity, safeguard ecosystem health and biodiversity, and global interdependence. Full submission To Watch – a feast of documentaries on Maori TV on Demand ‘Leiti’s in Waiting.’ Tonga www.maoritelevision.com/shows/feature-documentaries/S01E001/leitis-waiting Samoa and the influenza in 1918.

https://teaomaori.news/samoa-influenza-100-years-on Remembering the Rainbow Warrior. https://teaomaori.news/34-years-later-remembering-rainbow-warrior They Went to Stop the Bomb –nuclear testing www.maoritelevision.com/docos/they-went-stop-bomb How to Change the World – pioneers of protest https://www.maoritelevision.com/docos/how-change-world

July 2019 13 e-messenger Methodist Mission & Ecumenical Newsletter July 2019 World Methodist Council calls for new ministry with migrants - 20 June 2019 Photo: Paul Jeffrey The World Methodist Council called for a new ministry with migrants during a Consultation on Migrant and Diaspora Churches held 3-6 June in London, an event which gathered a diverse group of about 40 leaders. The World Methodist Council stated: “Since its beginning, the Methodist movement has responded to the physical and spiritual needs of people who left their home - countries; missionaries accompanied migrating people and migrants became missionaries in the places where they arrived.” During the consultation, stories were shared of mission activities, of struggles to overcome the trauma many migrants face, of gracious ways to support refugees, of pain because of a lack of mutual understanding, and of cooperation and growth in building diverse communities.

World Methodist Council vice president Gillian Kingston stated: “We appreciated anew the significant connections with climate change, religious persecution and political unrest which force families and communities to uproot and travel to strange countries to make new lives.” Participants affirmed the document “God Is on the Move: A Call to Be the Church in a New Way.” The full document can be found on http://worldmethodistcouncil.org/god-is-on-themove-acall-to-be-the-church-in-a-new-way/ THURSDAYS IN BLACK The Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa Weteriana o Aotearoa in its biennial Conference 2018 committed to “Thursdays in Black” campaign observe the worldwide struggle against rape and violence.

The simple action required is wearing black on Thursdays to be a voice against rape and violence. I wonder how much attention is paid to it eight months after the Conference.

Dear fellow Methodists, we cannot rest until the world turns out to be a place free of rape and violence. Our campaign must continue as we come across rape and violence almost every day reported in the media. The media may pick up only one or two or three incidents, but there may be hundreds each day that does not get any attention. I invite all of the Methodists have committed to be followers of Jesus Christ to observe Thursdays in Black. It will not only be a silent voice; it will also be an action on our part to call others to join the movement worldwide. Prince D.

No space for rape and violence: Thursdays in Black at Kirchentag – 20 June 2019 Stories, music, and many other expressions of solidarity marked a lively observation of Thursdays in Black at the German Protestant church festival.

From religious leaders to passers-by, many offered words of support and Annual Appeal 2020 for Ablution Facility for Girls’ Dormitory at Tabaka Rural Training Institute We at Mission and Ecumenical Board look forward to your support. When this is complete, the Mission and Ecumenical Board will launch the fund raising for the Boys’ dormitory facility in early 2020.

July 2019 14 e-messenger encouragement for the campaign for a world free from rape and violence. “...I am trying to encourage others to join,” said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the World Methodist Council, a strong supporter of Thursdays in Black. “Thursdays in Black and the fight against violence and rape is something everyone, men and women, in and outside of church can join. We are all affected by it,” said Rev. Dr Jean Hawxhurst from the Council of Bishops. Still others were just being introduced to Thursdays in Black. “Sexual violence has many facets and I think it starts with disrespect,” reflected Ines von Keller, who was just learning about Thursdays in Black.

Just the other day I overheard four male teenagers commenting on a young girl walking by. I kept silence, but I think I should have spoken up. We all need to start talking about it and demand respect in these situations. I would like to try and include it as a topic in the parish newsletter I am working on.” Those attending also talked about the messages sent - intentionally or not - in liturgies, hymns and prayers, and whether those messages are inclusive. “To tackle the problem of violence and rape, the church should stop excluding women. Our church has a week of prayer against gender-based violence.

It is time to face up with stories about violence against women in the Bible. Everyone should be concerned about this topic,” said Peter King from the Anglican Church.

Everyone can join During the event, the World Council of Churches (WCC) organized a sharing on how sexual violence is a part of everyday culture - in songs, media and conversations. Participant Hana Pandian offered her insights on what Thursdays in Black means in India. “We need to raise our voices and create more awareness,” she urged the audience. “Everyone independent from their gender can support this campaign.” Sonja Skupch, general secretary from the Evangelical Church in Argentina reflected that sexual violence is a dire issue in Argentina. “We can do better and we wish for something better,” she said.

Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, deputy general secretary of the WCC, recalled her childhood in Malawi explaining how she grew up in constant fear of rape. When she was working as a professor in Malawi, she conducted research with fellow female lecturers and unveiled the issue of rape happening on campus and in churches.

Following that she had to leave her country but found another blessing in her work with the WCC. “It gives me an international platform to address the issue and supporting the fellowship of 350 churches in creating just communities of women and men and ending attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. It is a sin and there is no space for it.” She also stressed the importance of mutual encouragement of the member churches to start and keep talking about the issue. “I want my granddaughter to live without fear,” she said. Time to tweet for a world without rape and violence #ThursdaysinBlack, WCC press release 18 June, 2019 18th ‘Building Bridges’ for Muslim and Christian scholars is a process A Christian and a Muslim scholar have told a seminar at the World Council of Churches (WCC) about their work in an annual “Building Bridges” seminar with “freedom” as the theme, as participants described what they do as a process, not an event.

The start of the 11-15 June “Building Bridges” at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva featured lectures by professors Rosalee Velloso Ewell from the United Kingdom’s Redcliffe College and Tuba Işik from German’s University of Paderborn. Isik was unable to attend, and her address was read by Dr Muna Tatari from the same university.

Azza Karam, a senior adviser on social and cultural development from the United Nations Population Fund in New York, who is also a professor at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit, responded. The WCC is hosting the 18th “Building Bridges” seminar for Muslim and Christian scholars. The seminar, under the theme “Freedom: Muslim and Christian Perspectives,” is sponsored and organized by Georgetown University, the oldest Roman Catholic and Jesuit affiliated institution of higher education in the United States.

It is the 18th Building Bridges seminar, which has met annually since 2002. WCC general secretary Rev.

Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Rev. Dr Daniel Madigan, S.J., welcomed the seminar participants. Tveit said that the Building Bridges seminar, “is surely one of the most sustained

July 2019 15 e-messenger initiatives of this kind in Muslim-Christian dialogue, bringing together over the years many of the world’s leading Muslim and Christian scholars.” Madigan described the seminar as a process. “There is an organic growth in the talks that take place with this seminar,” said the Georgetown priest who chairs the event, noting participants would look at questions such as: “Freedom from what, freedom for what and is freedom a zero-sum game?” Tveit said, “As we know from our long experience of interreligious work here at WCC, the interface between Christianity and Islam, or maybe better to say, between Christians and Muslims, is a complex and multi-faceted reality taking a great range of forms in many different parts of the world.” He said there were many challenges and opportunities “in this great global encounter”, and so we also need a corresponding range of ways of developing dialogue and building cooperative relationships between Muslims and Christians.

Madigan presented a gift set of books to Tveit from the Building Bridges seminar for the WCC library before the lectures began. Ewell said, “We need to read the voices and text through the languages of others.” She said, “Who gets to decide what freedom is?” and “What is your vision of freedom?” Tatari said that from the 9th century the freedom of Islamic women took an “increasingly marginalized position”. She said, “There is no common shared definition of Islamic” feminist freedom or of “gender jihad.” Karam observed that “all isms have different definitions” and that women striving for freedom has existed through the ages.

Women’s freedom did not emerge in the colonial period, but what the colonial period did was to bequest a politicization of it.” On its website, Georgetown University says, “The programme on Faith, Values, and Public Life at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs sponsors this program, which brings together a range of internationally recognized Christian and Muslim scholars to Georgetown. Participants explore a number of the most significant themes in the interface between Islam and Christianity.” https://www.oikoumene.org/en/presscentre/news/building-bridges-for-muslim-andchristian-scholars-is-a-process Regional ecumenical leaders convene at Bossey to share concerns, strengthen bonds The WCC general secretary (center) welcomed leaders of eight regional ecumenical organizations at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

Photo: Marcelo Schneider/World Council of Churches Leaders of eight regional ecumenical organizations are meeting with the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute on 2-4 July. In addition to sharing news and concerns from each region, the group will identify common concerns such as peace in the Middle East, climate justice, racism, and the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, among others. Participants will also determine and plan opportunities for cooperation and joint action. In addition to sharing news and concerns from each region, the group will identify common concerns such as peace in the Middle East, climate justice, racism, and the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, among others.

Participants will also determine and plan opportunities for cooperation and joint action.

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said: “We have been listening to the updates from the different regions and we have seen more clearly what unites us. We have become mutually accountable to one another and to our common calling and mission.” A working group will present the Guiding Principles for Relationships and Cooperation between the WCC and the Regional Ecumenical Organizations, and the group will have an opportunity to discuss that text as well. More at: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/presscentre/news/regional-ecumenical-leaders-convene-atbossey-to-share-concerns-strengthenbonds?fbclid=IwAR2DhQGasjH2Wbf0tZCcVQBFDieVDg0e 0Ak3MSpkN_JPrpuqFAdE06YqV0E MISSION AND ECUMENICAL BOARD Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa Director: Rev.

Prince Devanandan 409 Great South Road Private Bag 11 903 Ellerslie Auckland 1542 Phone: 09-571 9142 Fax: 09-525 9346 E-mail: mm-e@methodist.org.nz

July 2019 16 e-messenger Methodist Mission and Ecumenical Annual Appeal 2020 Ablution and Shower Facility for Tabaka Rural Training Centre Tabaka Rural Training Centre was started by a group of volunteers from the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 1992. It was established to train youth in a skill which would enable them to earn a living. Over the past 27 years this centre has grown to technical institute with over 25o students, boys and girls receiving technical training in eight different areas. The work of the institute has expanded, but not the facilities for the youth who live in the dormitories.

There is no proper toilet and shower facility for the students. During the annual visit of the Mission and Ecumenical director and the team in consultation with the principal decided to act immediately to build a toilet and shower facility for the Girls’ Dormitory as the first stage and to build a similar facility for boys the following year.

Methodist Mission and Ecumenical Board appeals to all to become partners in mission by supporting the ANNUAL APPEAL 2020 to raise $ 35,000 in 2019 Mission and Ecumenical Fund is registered with the Charities Commission. Registration Number CC51048. Receipts will be issued for tax rebate on the donation. - - ANNUAL APPEAL 2020 – TABAKA ABLUTION FACILITY FUND Please send your donation by cheque in favour of Mission and Ecumenical Fund to: Rev Prince Devanandan(Director) Mission and Ecumenical Board Private Bag 11 903 Ellerslie Auckland 1542 Alternately, do a bank transfer directly to: 02-0800-0766004-03 stating reference as “Tabaka Fund 2020” Please remember to send this cover slip for a receipt when you make a deposit.

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July 2019 17 e-messenger ECUMENICAL News & Views Christian World Service Operation Refugee The CWS challenge to raise funds for Syrian refugees continues until September. By eating refugee rations or walking the same distance a refugee did to escape harm, you can help fund education for young refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Show your concern by signing up to Operation Refugee 2019 as an individual or organise a team to encourage more support. Young people are attending holiday programmes or spending time in local centres run by the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with volunteer help.

Knowing the refugees are not ready to return to Syria, they are preparing for the new school year in September. Sign up by August 10 to join others doing the second challenge from 10-16 August. The more money we raise, the more support they can give for students with few options.

Our new Relationships Coordinator Eric Park is keen to talk to parishes who might be able to hold an event to help. Organising a Walk for Syria or Dinner for Refugees are two possibilities. If you want to find out more or invite someone to speak, please contact Eric Park at eric.park@cws.org.nz or on 022 377 6606 for a chat. Thank you to those who have already supported Operation Refugee. You can donate directly to the Operation Refugee Appeal. Refugee Sunday Thanks to parishes that marked Refugee Sunday on 23 June or another day. Please let Gillian know how you took part or if you have ideas about what we could do to raise awareness of this special day in the calendar.

Ahead of World Refugee Day, the United Nations reported 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced, the highest number ever. Of the 25.9 million people who are refugees, nearly one fifth are Palestinian. Fundraising with Trade Aid CWS and Trade Aid are working together on a new fundraising initiative that will benefit CWS partners and Trade Aid producers.

Trade Aid has some beautiful crafts and food items including tea and coffee available. There is free shipping for orders over $100. CWS receives 20% of every online order when people use the special promotional code: ChristianWorldServiceFundraiser19. Please share this information through your church and group.

July 2019 18 e-messenger Zero Carbon Bill Many of our partners have been deeply affected by the climate crisis and are doing their best to help people adapt to often harsh conditions. CWS campaigned for the Zero Carbon Bill, open until 16 July for submissions.

We are making a submission and encourage your church to make one too. Keep in Touch Following CWS on Facebook is a good way to keep in touch with the world and the work we do together to make justice happen. If you are a twitter fan, follow us to keep in touch with others working for justice and creating peace in the world. Or sign up for emails by sending your name and email to Sarah at: cws@cws.org.nz.

Peace Sunday Resources On August 4, parishes are invited to mark Peace Sunday. The lectionary indicates it is the Sunday closest to Hiroshima Day, 6 August. CWS is preparing worship resources “Be on your Guard against all sorts of Greed”. They will have an economic focus in keeping with the readings as well as information on the work for compensation after nuclear testing in Maohi Nui (Tahiti). Rev Jordan Redding is contributing to the material which will be available here by July 22. Trinity St Paul’s Union Parish of Cambridge – 40 Year Anniversary Trinity St Paul’s Union Parish of Cambridge is celebrating 40 years since the church was opened The church complex was dedicated on the 24th November 1979 and on Sunday the 10th of November 2019 we are having a celebration service and luncheon to commemorate our 40th year.

If you are a past member of Trinity St Paul’s Union Church Cambridge or have any other link to our congregation, we invite you to join us at 10am Sunday the 10th of November. To express your interest please email minister@cambridgeunion.nz or phone the church office: 07 8276523. School of Ecumenism 2019 - Dunedin

July 2019 19 e-messenger Wellbeing and Spirituality Forum with Professor Holly Nelson-Becker The Selwyn Institute, in association with The University of Auckland and Mercy Hospice are looking forward to hosting academic, author and visiting Seelye Fellow Professor Holly Nelson-Becker in New Zealand on the 15 and 16 of August.

Professor Nelson-Becker is a recognised expert in social gerontology and a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work who has investigated the pathways to resilience and well-being in older adults. She has explored spirituality, end-of-life, and the diverse cultural expressions related to social care. Her research areas focus on virtues, ageing, spiritual and religious coping in older adults, and inter-professional practice in palliative care. Below is some information on the forum for your consideration, you can also find out more on our website. Please do forward this to your networks, should you consider it relevant.