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            The Methodist Church of New Zealand ~ Te Haahi Weteriana O Aotearoa

 “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”.

                                                   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]

                        July 2019
                          Web Site Address: www.methodist.org.nz

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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?

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         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

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 15 July 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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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'                                  10. Encourage mum, dad, grandparents to roll about on
2. Provide breakfast for school children                           the carpet with their toddlers (cost free this one)
3. Fund/sponsor parenting classes                              11. Take the children of the Parishes to the zoo
4. Run a school holiday programme                              12. Eat healthy and physical activity
5. Provide toys, books or games for church                     13. Boot camp
   Kindergartens and Churches                                  14. Homework centre
6. Replace Girls/Boys Brigade uniforms                         15. Cooking demonstration
7. Sponsor mentors for teenagers in trouble                    16. Provide resources to meet Sunday schools needs in
8. Provide gift baskets for new born babies                        regarding activities and teaching
9. Support families through life threatening illnesses         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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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

                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-minute-

          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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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 self-
 funding 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.

                                          This Photo by Unknown Author is
                                          licensed under CC BY-SA

 New Zealand Lay Preachers Association – a date to put in your diary!

                      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.
                                    When- Saturday 14th September, 2019.
                                             9.30am -12.30pm
                                     Where- St 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.

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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
       •   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 6,350 2 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.

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

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

    Expert Panel Final Report, Investing in New Zealand’s Children & their Families, December 2015, at page 7
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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            •        rescuing objects                   •        digging
limited to:                                •        rummaging                          •        cutting and drilling
                                           •        maintenance and repair             •        sanding
•       fire damage inspections            •        demolition                         •        waterblasting
•       insulation inspections             •        building and additions

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.
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

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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

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             Public Issues Network News
                                            July 2019
    •   Equality Network                                           •   Mining harm in Solomon Islands
    •   Inquiry into Mosque attacks                                •   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.

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 economy-
wide 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

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Methodist Mission & Ecumenical
                                  Newsletter July 2019
                Annual Appeal 2020                   countries; missionaries accompanied migrating
    for Ablution Facility for Girls’ Dormitory at    people and migrants became missionaries in the
          Tabaka Rural Training Institute            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
                                                     move-a- call-to-be-the-church-in-a-new-way/

                                                                  THURSDAYS IN BLACK
  We at Mission and Ecumenical Board look            The Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Haahi
  forward to your support.                           Weteriana o Aotearoa Weteriana o Aotearoa in its
  When this is complete, the Mission and             biennial Conference 2018 committed to
  Ecumenical Board will launch the fund raising      “Thursdays in Black” campaign observe the
  for the Boys’ dormitory facility in early 2020.    worldwide struggle against rape and violence. The
                                                     simple action required is wearing black on
World Methodist Council calls for new                Thursdays to be a voice against rape and violence.
ministry with migrants - 20 June 2019                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
                                                     I invite all of the Methodists have committed to be
Photo: Paul Jeffrey                                  followers of Jesus Christ to observe Thursdays in
The World Methodist Council called for a new         Black. It will not only be a silent voice; it will also
ministry with migrants during a Consultation on      be an action on our part to call others to join the
Migrant and Diaspora Churches held 3-6 June in       movement worldwide. Prince D.
London, an event which gathered a diverse group of
                                                     No space for rape and violence: Thursdays in
about 40 leaders. The World Methodist Council
                                                     Black at Kirchentag – 20 June 2019
stated: “Since its beginning, the Methodist          Stories, music, and many other expressions of
movement has responded to the physical and
                                                     solidarity marked a lively observation of
spiritual needs of people who left their home -      Thursdays in Black at the German Protestant
                                                     church festival. From religious leaders to
                                                     passers-by, many offered words of support and

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encouragement for the campaign for a world free           issue and supporting the fellowship of 350 churches
from rape and violence.                                   in creating just communities of women and men and
                                                          ending attitudes and practices that permit rape and
“…I am trying to encourage others to join,” said
                                                          violence. It is a sin and there is no space for it.”
Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the World Methodist
Council, a strong supporter of Thursdays in Black.        She also stressed the importance of mutual
                                                          encouragement of the member churches to start and
“Thursdays in Black and the fight against violence
                                                          keep talking about the issue. “I want my
and rape is something everyone, men and women, in
                                                          granddaughter to live without fear,” she said.
and outside of church can join. We are all affected by
it,” said Rev. Dr Jean Hawxhurst from the Council of      Time to tweet for a world without rape and
Bishops.                                                  violence #ThursdaysinBlack, WCC press release
                                                          18 June, 2019
Still others were just being introduced to Thursdays
in Black. “Sexual violence has many facets and I          18th ‘Building Bridges’ for Muslim and
think it starts with disrespect,” reflected Ines von      Christian scholars is a process
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         A Christian and a Muslim scholar have told a
against women in the Bible. Everyone should be            seminar at the World Council of Churches (WCC)
concerned about this topic,” said Peter King from the     about their work in an annual “Building
Anglican Church.                                          Bridges” seminar with “freedom” as the theme, as
                                                          participants described what they do as a process,
Everyone can join                                         not an event. The start of the 11-15 June “Building
During the event, the World Council of Churches           Bridges” at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva
(WCC) organized a sharing on how sexual violence is       featured lectures by professors Rosalee Velloso
a part of everyday culture - in songs, media and          Ewell from the United Kingdom’s Redcliffe College
conversations.                                            and Tuba Işik from German’s University of
                                                          Paderborn. Isik was unable to attend, and her
Participant Hana Pandian offered her insights on
                                                          address was read by Dr Muna Tatari from the same
what Thursdays in Black means in India. “We need
to raise our voices and create more awareness,” she
urged the audience. “Everyone independent from            Azza Karam, a senior adviser on social and cultural
their gender can support this campaign.”                  development from the United Nations Population
                                                          Fund in New York, who is also a professor at
Sonja Skupch, general secretary from the Evangelical
                                                          Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit, responded. The WCC
Church in Argentina reflected that sexual violence is
                                                          is hosting the 18th “Building Bridges” seminar for
a dire issue in Argentina. “We can do better and we
                                                          Muslim and Christian scholars. The seminar, under
wish for something better,” she said.
                                                          the theme “Freedom: Muslim and Christian
Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, deputy general secretary of        Perspectives,” is sponsored and organized by
the WCC, recalled her childhood in Malawi                 Georgetown University, the oldest Roman Catholic
explaining how she grew up in constant fear of rape.      and Jesuit affiliated institution of higher education in
When she was working as a professor in Malawi, she        the United States.
conducted research with fellow female lecturers and
                                                          It is the 18th Building Bridges seminar, which has
unveiled the issue of rape happening on campus and
                                                          met annually since 2002.
in churches.
                                                          WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and
Following that she had to leave her country but
                                                          Rev. Dr Daniel Madigan, S.J., welcomed the seminar
found another blessing in her work with the WCC. “It
                                                          participants. Tveit said that the Building Bridges
gives me an international platform to address the
                                                          seminar, “is surely one of the most sustained
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initiatives of this kind in Muslim-Christian dialogue,   Regional ecumenical leaders convene at Bossey
bringing together over the years many of the world’s     to share concerns, strengthen bonds
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.”             The WCC general secretary (center) welcomed leaders of eight
                                                         regional ecumenical organizations at the Bossey Ecumenical
He said there were many challenges and                   Institute. Photo: Marcelo Schneider/World Council of Churches
opportunities “in this great global encounter”, and so
we also need a corresponding range of ways of            Leaders of eight regional ecumenical organizations
developing dialogue and building cooperative             are meeting with the World Council of Churches
relationships between Muslims and Christians.            (WCC) at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute on 2-4
Madigan presented a gift set of books to Tveit from      July. In addition to sharing news and concerns from
the    Building     Bridges     seminar    for     the   each region, the group will identify common
WCC library before the lectures began.                   concerns such as peace in the Middle East, climate
                                                         justice, racism, and the Pilgrimage of Justice and
Ewell said, “We need to read the voices and text         Peace, among others. Participants will also
through the languages of others.” She said, “Who         determine and plan opportunities for cooperation
gets to decide what freedom is?” and “What is your       and joint action. In addition to sharing news and
vision of freedom?” Tatari said that from the 9th        concerns from each region, the group will identify
century the freedom of Islamic women took                common concerns such as peace in the Middle East,
an “increasingly marginalized position”. She             climate justice, racism, and the Pilgrimage of Justice
said, “There is no common shared definition of           and Peace, among others. Participants will also
Islamic” feminist freedom or of “gender jihad.”          determine and plan opportunities for cooperation
Karam observed that “all isms have different             and joint action.
definitions” and that women striving for freedom         WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said:
has existed through the ages. “Women’s freedom did       “We have been listening to the updates from the
not emerge in the colonial period, but what the          different regions and we have seen more clearly
colonial period did was to bequest a politicization of   what unites us. We have become mutually
it.”                                                     accountable to one another and to our common
On its website, Georgetown University says, “The         calling and mission.” A working group will present
programme on Faith, Values, and Public Life at the       the Guiding Principles for Relationships and
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs    Cooperation between the WCC and the Regional
sponsors this program, which brings together a           Ecumenical Organizations, and the group will have
range of internationally recognized Christian and        an opportunity to discuss that text as well. More at:
Muslim scholars to Georgetown. Participants explore      https://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-
a number of the most significant themes in the           centre/news/regional-ecumenical-leaders-convene-at-
interface between Islam and Christianity.”               bossey-to-share-concerns-strengthen-
christian-scholars-is-a-process                                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

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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.

Please send your donation by cheque in favour                     Please remember to send this cover slip for a
of Mission and Ecumenical Fund to:                                     receipt when you make a deposit.
Rev Prince Devanandan(Director)
                                                               Amount:            $ ____________________
Mission and Ecumenical Board
Private Bag 11 903                                             Name -------------------------------------------------
Auckland 1542                                                  Address ------------------------------------------------
Alternately, do a bank transfer directly to:
stating reference as “Tabaka Fund 2020”

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        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:
Please share this information through your church and group.

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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

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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.

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