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Breaking Silence 2021

The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has made commitments over the last decade to shine a light on issues such as family violence. We support the White Ribbon Campaign and conversations in our communities that break the silence on family violence. We hope that you will join with us in supporting this year’s WhiteContinue reading “Breaking Silence 2021”

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Confession of Hope

Year B Pentecost 25 – 14 November 2021 Next week is the Reign of Christ Sunday. It is the culmination of the entire year’s readings. It is the focal point of our faith. It is our Hope! Today’s reading in Hebrews is the final preparation for the Lord’s Second Advent. It speaks about Jesus’ finished workContinue reading “Confession of Hope”

Bread Making as a Spiritual Practice

Interactive Advent and Christmas Devotional This year’s devotional invites you to be part of building a tighter-knit community right where you are. Share the devotional with friends and family. Read and reflect together as a small group meeting over Zoom or in person. You are also encouraged to bake bread and share the loaves asContinue reading “Bread Making as a Spiritual Practice”

What is Intergenerational?

The address by Theresa Cho above was given at PCANZ GA 2021. She is from St John’s Presbyterian Church San Francisco and was the keynote speaker for the online GA. Her address caused quite a lot of comment and discussion in the Church. I asked Theresa to talk about intergenerational connection. She is well respectedContinue reading “What is Intergenerational?”

Hopeless Faith

Year B Pentecost 25 – 1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8 Often, we live through situations that feel hopeless: that infamous “lose-lose” scenario where it feels like whatever choice we make will be detrimental to our future. Hannah was in a comparable situation. Trapped in a polygamous marriage, taunted by her sisterContinue reading “Hopeless Faith”

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