Category: Wel-com

Faith and Light: Kimi Ora and Living waters

WelCom August 2017: Kimi Ora Faith and Light Ireen Crossan Faith and Light is an international network of recognised Christian communities for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families, carers and friends. There are six communities in New Zealand, each with their own community name: Arawhata Auckland; Kimi Ora New Plymouth; Shalom Wellington; Cornerstone Christchurch;

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Helping families in need

WelCom August 2017: Children whooped and mothers cried with joy when, in June, St Vincent de Paul volunteers delivered nearly 40 parcels of warm clothing for the families of 130 children in the Hastings suburbs of Camberley and Flaxmere. Mary Fama of the Hastings Parish Environmental and Social Justice Group came up with the idea of providing warm

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Winter Coats for the Homeless

WelCom August 2017: Wellington’s Knights of Malta have donated 50 warm winters coats to the Compassion Soup Kitchen for homeless people, rough sleepers, refugees and others in need in Wellington, to use for winter. The Knights purchased 50 coats at $50 each with money raised by Wellington parishioners. The long-padded coats with lots of pockets, velcro fasteners and

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Churches to host housing pre-election forum on 9 August 2017

WelCom August 2017: Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Justin Duckworth will co-host a pre-election public forum about housing, at the Anglican Cathedral on Molesworth St, Wellington, on Wednesday August 9, from 5.45pm. The forum will include hearing voices of people in the community affected by housing issues, Christian perspectives from the Anglican and Catholic Bishops, and responses from

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A pilgrimage to Fatima

WelCom August 2017: ‘We are not tourists, we are pilgrims.’ The mantra taught by our chaplain Fr Peter Stojanovic of Griffith NSW, to three busloads of Aussies – and just three Kiwis – in Lisbon in May this year, prepared us firstly for Fatima, where one hundred years ago three shepherd children beheld, above a holm oak in

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Fatima’s centenary celebrated in Wellington

WelCom August 2017: More than 100 people, including families and children, gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Tawa, in May to  honour Our Lady of Fatima for the 100th anniversary of her first apparition. ‘We wanted to honour our Blessed Mother and give glory to Her Son by marking the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of

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Benedictine Oblates

WelCom August 2017: Some meditators want to support and express their spiritual journey by becoming Benedictine Oblates of the World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM). Oblation is a traditional form of monastic life that appeals to many on a contemplative path today. Whether single or married, young or elderly, they take monastic promises adapted to their way of

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Where will we go?

WelCom August 2017: A film about climate change and the Pacific debuted at this year’s Palmerston North’s Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in May. Six Pasifika Massey students from Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, shared personal stories about the devastating impacts of climate change on their homelands and families. The Palmerston North Interfaith

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‘In Our Time’

WelCom August 2017: Nostra Aetate, ‘a Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions’ was proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965. Nostra Aetate reflects on the common origin and destiny of the human race, our relationship to non-Christian religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslims, Jews, and the brotherhood of all human beings as created

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On Max Harris and ‘The New Zealand Project’

WelCom August 2017: Max Harris is an Oxford-University-based, young New Zealand academic. He has been involved in various campaigning groups, including JustSpeak and Generation Zero, and contributes to a wide range of publications. He was in Wellington in April this year to launch his new book, The New Zealand Project. In The New Zealand Project, Max Harris

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