Tuesday, May 23, 2006

O what a night!!!

I have been a Hurricanes (regional professional rugby team) supporter from the beginning. So often they have promised so much. And this year they are delivering. Not pretty rugby. Still that vaunted backline has not ripped opposition apart. And yet, winning rugby. Just over a week ago they beat the NSW team in Sydney to win a home semi final, they first in our history. Then on Friday night they won again!! Our first final. Most people have not expected that. Some had dared to hope. And now. i do not dare to hope. I have confidence. This is a winning hurricanes side. And even if they loose,which I am sure they will not, they have done us the supporter proud. My only sadness was I was not there on Friday night. If they had ended up with the home final, I would have done my best to get down and be there for that.

O what a night it was on Friday

O what a night it will be on Saturday.

Go the Canes!!!!!

International Anglican Youth Network

We had a conference call at 1pm New york time. I thougth that meant 6am here, but no, it was 5am. So I wsn';t even awake! Not a good way to start a conference call.
But things are moving on our gathering of youth officers and young adults next year. September 2-9 or there abouts. All we need is US$90,000. any ideas?

Our website should be up done too, adn the newsletter out, which will be great

Friday, May 19, 2006

Youth Yeah Collects

Youth Yeah continues!!

Collects written by young people from across Aotearoa-New Zealand and Polynesia are still available at http://www.toru.org.nz/page.asp?PID=6

These are an excellent resource for use on sundays, and to pray in all sorts of settings, inclidng youth groups settings.

Comments on them are very welcome

Emerging church

Emerging church stuff is slowly getting on the agenda of the Anglican Church here. slowly. people are talking about it. Some people are even doing study leave on it. People are wanting to do some new things. We just don't seem to know what to do. We need people from outside our square who have a toe or foot in our tradition who can be given permission and resources to do some new things and try new ways of mission and being church. The resources are the problem. so much energy and moeny is spent keeping what we have going. When we have an opporutnity to be freative we get sidetraccked into issues of amkign sure we all get our fair share. We don't think whole church, or even whole tikanga. We retreat into our own littel box!! it is so frustrating!!

Mostly I think we need good anglican youth workers to be liberated into soemthing new. One day soon it will happen.

anywho, here is a seminar that might jog us along a bit, or might not.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tikanga Rua

In January we (the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) held our three tikanga youth event in Gisborne. it was another huge learning curve for many of the Pakeha young people. It was a great event hosted and run by Tikanga Maori. I am grateful for the effort put in by te tangata whenua.

The meeting or hui did not end well. Tikanga Maori offered to co-host teh enxt tye with us, tikanga Pakeha. For a number of reasons, despite my wanting to do it, we were unable to accept this offer. Why am I writing this now?

Because this raised for me how important and yet so often unnoticed is the tikanga rua relationship between Maori and Pakeha. Somehow we have not paid this the attention we have needeed.

This is a big issue for our church, for those in youth ministry, and for our country.

Since TYE, this issue has kept on surfacing in nearly every other issue and meetign I have been at in our church. yet half the time it goes unnoticed. Soemhow we need withing tikagna pakeha to keep this high and the agenda. But it also needs to be raised in such a way that maori are not overhwlmed by our (Pakhea) agenda and vision. It needs to be about listening, and building trust. I have some hope that the three headed primacy will help model that for the wider church.

I am aware of it's implications in our country as well. While Politiicans decry race based health policies and eduaction policies, more research was published last week about the devastating restuls of a one health system for all appraoch, which leads to applaing health demograhics for Maori. I wonder when we in New Zealand will care enough to tell the Politiicans to stop using race for their own beneift and to deal with those demographics in wasy the research calls for.

This is not what I was going to blog about, but there you go.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Gremio and 4 Eva!!!

Gremio are football champions of South Brazil!!!

And tomorrow night, the hurricanes play for glory. Go the Canes!

General Synod

I have just spent the last week in Christchurch at our General Synod. This is like the parliament of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. You can find out more from a youth perspective on the above link,

The two big things for me was the role young people have played here, and the election of three primates (chief bishops).

The bishops decision is interesting. Some might see it as splitting our church further apart, and it might. But the hope is that the three will work closely together, and so remove the tension around who is the primate (from which Tikanga they come from) and allow us to get over some of those tensions and work closely together. And it is a recognition that it is very hard for a person from one Tikanga to offer appropriate leadership in the cultural settings of the other tikanga. So Archbishop Brown Turei (te Pihopa o Aotearoa) was able to speak to the reunion of the Maori Battalion in a way that no Pakeha could. And yet Archbishop Brown might struggle in some Pakeha settings. Neither Archbishop Brown or Archbishop David Moxon (Tikanga Pakeha) can offer anywhere near the leadership in the Polynesian context that Archbishop Jabez Bryce can offer. So I think it is a good decision. But I hope they do work well together and model something unique for us all.

The other highlight has been the role of young people here. We had 8 young people (under 30) as delegates, 4 from Tikanga Pakeha, 3 from Tikanga Pakeha, and 1 from Tikanga Pasifika. We also had 10 young people here as Stewards. They were granted speaking rights and did occasionally speak. They have lead worship each morning, and have lead the bible studies, which has included offering a 2 minute reflection each, each morning. WE have been really well received as a result. One consequence was that young people were asked to sit with the new primates at the installation service, to lead then to various places where they were prayed for etc..., and to be the first to speak to them and welcome them as our Primates. And they did so well!!!

And more important, several want to come back next time as delegates. Now we just need to work on parishes and dioceses to elect them. But we are making in roads.

And so our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I
could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can
make all things well, and I shall make all things well, and I will make all
things well; and you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well.
And in these words God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and in peace.

[1] Julian of Norwich, Showings the Long Text, 259, cited in Durka, Praying with Julian of Norwich. 229.

Friday, May 05, 2006

New Toru Website

Check out the new Toru website. Toru is the Anglican Centre for Youth Ministry Studies based at our Theological College here in auckland New Zealand.

Julain of Norwich - Great English Theologian

I have been doing a course on the pastoral function of christian doctrine this year, which has been fantastic. I have just finished an assignment on Julian of Norwich and how her theology applies to spiritual direction. Fascinating stuff.
strangely enough, I am now a great fan of Augustine of Hippo, and Athanasius is wonderful.

anyhow, here is a wee quote from Julian to encourage us as we head of to our General Synod.

“And in this she showed me something small, no bigger than a hazelnut, lying on the palm of my hand, as it seemed to me, and it was as round as a ball, I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought, “What can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing. And I was answered in my understanding: It lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus everything has being through the love of God.”In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it; the second is that God loves it; the third is that God preserves it. But what did I see in it? It is that God is the Creator and the protector and the lover. For until I am substantially united to him, I can never have perfect rest or true happiness, until that is, I am so attached to him that there can be no created thing between my God and me."