Category Archives: Progressive Voices

Celebrating Matariki at All Saints

Matariki as a Seasonal Festival

Matariki
Matariki – the Pleides

Matariki is a traditional Maori mid-winter festival and marks the beginning of a new year for Maori.  it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.  This is a theme in many cultures – a mid winter festival celebrating hope in the midst of darkness, and a turning towards the growing light of a new year. Continue reading Celebrating Matariki at All Saints

Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts

jim-macaloonJim McAloon’s Presentation at the Napier Conference – for those of you who were not there, and for those who were 🙂

I want to explore in this talk some of the histories of faith-based political engagement in Aotearoa New Zealand. If my emphasis is on the political sphere and public questions, that is partly reflecting my particular interests and partly because I think it is important for people of progressive faith to know our past.

Why do I say that? Because I think that one unfortunate consequence of the increased strength of conservative forces in many of the Christian churches in the last 30 or so years has been a weakening of the faith-based element in movements for social change, and an almost default setting in the popular media that Christian commitment implies social conservatism (a default setting that many of the leaders of what used to be called mainline denominations encourage, wittingly or otherwise). Continue reading Faith and Politics – some historical thoughts

Art as Radical Change Agent

– Can Humans change our story?

 Jo Randerson spoke at our recent conference in Napier, here is a summary of her presentation.

It was wonderful to be at the conference with you this month.  A short point summary of my talk:

  • I grew up in a church environment where different views were encouraged and listened to
  • We (Barbarian Productions) try to make art which brings different views/people into contact with each other
  • Arts rather than being an extra decorative measure can be a critical tool to achieve social justice where large institutions fail
  • Collaboration is key with any others who share similar goals

Continue reading Art as Radical Change Agent

FutureChurch?   10 years on and the Church is still dying

Rosemary neave
Rosemary

Rosemary Neave was behind a venture called FutureChurch funded by the Methodist Church to network and explore new ways of being ‘church’ – particularly those emerging outside the institutional Church. Now living in Christchurch.  

She wrote this recent piece for Methodist Touchstone. Rosemary reflects…

http://www.christianpost.com/news/saving-a-dying-church-94962/
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All the statistics indicate the Church as we know it, is (still) on its way out. Grey haired Senior card holders largely fill the pews, and any work with young people does not seem to have resulted in any pathway of strong belonging as they get older. Continue reading FutureChurch?   10 years on and the Church is still dying