Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ John 8:12
Following the path of Jesus is a commitment to live in ways which mirror our experience of God’s hope-filled, life-giving light found in Christ. As Jesus’ followers we are called to shine God’s light on the shadowy and dark places in our communities and to work for change.
The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has made commitments over the last decade to shine a light on issues such as family violence.
For example, the General Assembly in 2016, through the work of the late Very Rev Andrew Norton, adopted the Justice in Action: We Say Yes statement, which includes these words: ‘we say yes to safe and loving families. We say no to family violence.
Therefore we support white ribbon and neighbours days and conversation in our communities that break the silence on family violence.’
We hope that you will join with us in supporting this year’s White Ribbon campaign and help to shine the light of Christ on family violence.
Written by Rev Sharon Ross Ensor – Presbytery Liason Manager