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24 June 2020
Family of God & Followers of Christ

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM
When #Black Lives Don't Matter

(The following is a part of an international Anglican campaign responding to the Black Lives Matter movement.)
Credit: Icon Sportswire 2020

Black lives are disproportionately affected by police brutality; COVID-19 sweeps through crowded vulnerable communities unable to  socially distance; toxic dump sites are placed next to poor communities of Black people; indigenous people are forced off their land.

The world is slow to respond to climate change, hanging on to an increasingly precarious and unjust economic system. It is predominantly  Black lives that are being impacted by drought, flooding, storms and sea level rise. The delayed global response to climate injustice gives the impression that #blacklivesdontmatter. Without urgent action Black lives will continue to be the most impacted, being dispossessed from their lands and becoming climate refugees.

We stand at a Kairos moment - in order to fight environmental injustice , we must also fight racial injustice.

In the words of Archbishop Tutu  “If you are neutral in times of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

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PARISH BANKING | from BNZ

Banking in our Branches changed during COVID times. This resulted in the way that customers now do their bankings.
 
Some of the Parishes use the Smart ATMs to do their banking & this seems a best fit, using Deposit Cards. However the reasonings & options available now are outline below.
 
The change for Banking Deposits to only using BNZ Smart ATM’s or P2P- Cash Collections with an external provider, is permanent.
  • Branch transactions have continued to decline year on year, and BNZ have had to adapt alongside this reduction.
  • With this continued move to a more digital world, BNZ has been on a transaction migration journey focusing on investing in digital and self-service technology to allow customers to complete their transactional banking at a time and place that suits them.
  • Digital and self-service channels also support ongoing anti-money laundering and financial crime reduction initiatives with enhanced monitoring, tracking and reporting mechanisms.
  • The need for a traditional “Teller” no longer exists, and customers require more assistance with their complex financial needs.
  • We need to support vulnerable customers, who cannot access digital and self-service alternatives.
  • Covid-19 has accelerated our digital and self-service strategy with a significant increase in online banking and a desire to reduce cash handling risks.
  • P2P provides safe and secure convenient relatively low cost collection through a dedicated Cash in Transit provider and credit to your account.
  • Smart ATM’s are available inside 85% of BNZ branches throughout NZ and our extensive fleet of external Smart ATM’s allow transactional banking 24/7. It is our intent to continue to invest in this space on a targeted selective basis to align with customer needs.
 
There may be some queries from the Parishes about the move that some seem to be unaware of. Our Staff in our Branches absolutely are there to support & help the Parishes as they do their banking, for some, in this new way.
 

STATE OF THE DIOCESE

At 7pm on Thursday, July the 2nd, Bishop Philip will lead another "State of the Diocese" presentation to which you are all invited. This one-hour meeting will sketch out the next 5 years; emphasise the significance of peace and reconciliation; showcase rural invigoration; underscore communication; and frame synod.

DIOCESAN CONFERENCE | Foundations

Covid-19 and the lockdown have disrupted more than our calendars. We are now presented with an opportunity to reset our focus and our way of being church together. In this spirit,  you are invited to gather as ministry unit leaders for four consecutive Tuesdays from July 21 to August 11 (7pm-8.30pm).

These four sessions replace this year’s Te Huinga (clergy gathering) and will involve a combination of teaching and local discussion focused on your context.

This series of online presentations is called “Foundations | Tūāpapa” and the four parts are as follows:

July 21 - Foundations: Vision and Strategy Overview

July 28 - Change: Culture and Leading Change

August 4 - Growth: Sowing, Growing, and Shaping Church

August 11 - Whanaungatanga: Reconciliation and Partnership

We would like you to gather as vestries/parish councils/key leaders each Tuesday to participate in this series. We will use Zoom to deliver the presentations and your discussions will be managed locally. To support this series we will be distributing conference books that capture the key messages and offer some questions to engage with. There is an open invitation for anyone in the Diocese to participate in this series so please advertise amongst your homegroups as well.

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SERVICE OF SORROWS

What is it that we can offer our communities in times of struggle and challenge? Many of us as Christians believe that God speaks to us in many different ways. But what happens when we're just a bit sad and weary? For some hearing from God seems a distant echo.

Many of us have varying experiences of lockdown. We've heard many stories of painting, home renovations and catching up on reading and enjoying the late autumn sun. However, for many we cannot share that same sense of peace or joy. For some of us the uncertainty of loved ones in possible risk as essential workers, the stress of loved ones we were unable to be with, the inability to travel or be with those who were sick or

those who died. Caught in the grief of loved ones we couldn't share with. Perhaps you lost your job or lost income and security, perhaps like many you've found it hard to resume normal.

This is our humble attempt to help sooth weary souls with beautiful music, simple words and prayers all within our beautiful space.

Join Fr Cruz (Missioner for Kirikiriroa) and me as we offer a space for you to come and sit and be ministered to.

If you know someone who could benefit from an experience like this please invite them, or perhaps it's you, nau mai haere mai.

If you'd like to find out more feel free to ring: Dean Wendy Scott | 078394683 

INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Learn about the origins of Christian Meditation and experience how it's practised.
Rev Rosie Dell (Te Kauwhata & Hospital Chaplain) leads a rolling six-week course and you are most welcome.
Learn more.

FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

FAMILY OF GOD

Each Monday to Friday you are invited to gather with people from across the Diocese for morning devotions. Each day is a little different with a team of people contributing each week. Prayers normally last about 15 minutes. We would love to see you there. Learn more
On Sunday evenings at 7pm you are invited to join Bishop Philip's household where he and Belinda host Night Prayer. This informal Prayer Book service commences with lighting a candle for the world - a moment replicated across every time zone. Learn more.

CANNABIS REFERENDUM 2020

The second of the two referenda to be considered at this year's General Election on September 19, concerns proposed cannabis legislation. All registered voters will be offered the following two statements:

  • Yes, I support the proposed Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill
  • No, I do not support the proposed Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill

The NZ Government has created a site that introduces the referendum, associated legislation, and additional information.

Please note:

  • This referendum is about legalizing cannabis rather than decriminalization;
  • This referendum IS NOT about medicinal cannabis. The Medicinal Cannabis Scheme came into effect on 1 May, 2020. You can read more about it here.
  • The proposed law would allow individuals to obtain up to 14 grams of dried cannabis per day (approximately 21 'joints' per person, per day)
Learn more here.

SEASONS OF THE SPIRIT

 
PGPL are now taking orders for the popular Seasons of the Spirit –  Worship (Fusion) and Sunday School (Encore) resources for Year B 2020-2021.
 
Early bird discounted prices apply for orders received and paid for by 31 July 2020.
 
Click this link for more information and to place your orders:
https://pgpl.co.nz/seasons-of-the-spirit-2020-2021-year-b/
 
Or email bookspgpl@gmail.com
 
Kind regards, Philip Garside – NZ distributor

A LIKELY LAD

Norman Lesser was the longest ever serving Bishop of Waiapu, 1947 -1971, the last 10 years also as Archbishop.
He was one of the colourful figures of the post World War 2 church. Before that he had risen out of humble Liverpuddlian beginnings, via Cambridge University, to ordained ministry in Liverpool and Barrow on Furness, followed by 7 full years as Provost of All Saints Cathedral Nairobi Kenya.
 His remarkable life and service were set in very different days. But the book recalls something of that part of the NZ story we are part of... Enjoy the read!
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE AND PURCHASE COPIES.

FAITH THINKING ON ZOOM - OTAGO

The University of Otago Theology Programme is offering free continuing education sessions via zoom. Each session will involve input followed by facilitated discussion. 
Learn more.

HAWKE'S BAY HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY

The Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC) comprises a broad composition of Churches. We are committed to promoting, maintaining and developing, relevant, flexible, and competent Chaplaincy services within the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare environment. The primary purpose of our ministry is to foster good health through excellence in pastoral care. Our Chaplains stand alongside other healthcare professionals in the hospital setting. We are committed to the principles of partnership expressed in the Treaty of Waitangi. Spiritual care and support are provided by Christian Chaplains in the most appropriate way for all recipients regardless of religious denomination, faith-orientation, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Recipients are at liberty to access the spiritual care of their choice. Our Chaplains’ role is to coordinate that process.

If you are interested in this very special ministry and believe that you have suitable qualifications and would like to come and live in the Hawkes Bay please apply.

Applications are being sought from experienced Chaplains and other suitably qualified ordained clergy for these Two Full-time positions. (40 hours per week.) Ecumenical Hospital Chaplaincy position at Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital.

ECUMENICAL CHAPLAIN AUCKLAND

Expressions of Interest – Maclaurin Ecumenical Chaplain
The Richard Maclaurin Goodfellow Foundation Trust Board (the Trust Board) is seeking to appoint a new Chaplain to lead the Ecumenical Chaplaincy team based at the Maclaurin Chapel within The University of Auckland CBD campus.
About Us
The MacLaurin Ecumenical Chaplaincy exists to enrich the life of Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau, the University of Auckland and its community. It serves the whole University community, working with others for the common good of society, integrity of creation and justice for all.
Our values are grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expressed in this unique setting:
  • Thoughtful faith (fostering Christian academic thought and leadership)
  • Integrated life (encouraging holistic spirituality and citizenship)
  • People-centred (acting justly, loving mercy, acknowledging faith and diverse in makeup)
  • Communal Richness (building inter-faith connection and fostering diversity)
  • Hospitable Space (providing a place to rest, learn, pray and worship)
 
The Position
The MacLaurin Ecumenical Chaplain leads the chaplaincy team in fulfilling its strategic mission “to build and enrich Christian faith and character amongst the students and staff of the University of Auckland as the foundation of sound citizenship” (Trust Deed).
The Maclaurin Ecumenical Chaplain primarily represents and fosters the spirituality and tradition of the Christian faith and will be a recognised minister of good standing within their denomination, whilst respecting the proper academic freedom and ethos of a secular university. Given the University’s ethnic diversity and religious plurality, the Chaplaincy also acknowledges and affirms other faith traditions, seeking to build connections with hospitable openness to difference.

Please send any expressions of interest or enquires to Joshua Chapman – j.chapman@auckland.ac.nz

Family of God | Followers of Christ

God of love and peace,
God of justice and fire,
when the order put in place disorders your grace with bullets and bullies,
hear those who shout, "I can't breathe."
In the midst of corporate control and the conspiracy of lies,
we plead, "I can't breathe."
As a virus raids a slum and insidiously tracks a migrant camp,
have mercy on those caught who cough and struggle, "I can't breathe."
As the cars return and the airlines receive huge government subsidies,
listen to the earth gasping, "I can't breathe."
The waters rise, God of sea and sky, but dominions do not rest from their wrecking power.
Heed the world as it cries, "I can't breathe."
When we continue to inhale and exhale
as if the suffocation did not matter,
as if our breathing were somehow separate from the struggles of others for air,
align our lives with our prayer.
Forgive us all that does not honour your love,
all that does not live gratefully from the gift of your grace,
all that restricts the communion that your Spirit extends far and wide.
Alongside all those who can't breathe,
we seek the fresh wind over the chaos of our lives,
setting us free,
setting all your people free to breathe,
through Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Sunday Prayers Service of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva (English), Terry MacArthur and team)
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