Category: Wel-com

Sloganing for justice

We vehicle drivers know that headlights are to light up the dark. More importantly, Christians know that Jesus came to cast light into the dark. Further, many know that the true meaning of life is to cast light into darkness.
Likewise, drivers know t

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The communism question

The question across the crowded table in the pub last month caught me by surprise. Mike, the friend of a workmate, leaned across and suddenly asked
me: ‘Are you, or have you ever been, a communist?’
I had met Mike previously, and he was aware

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Action needed on human rights in West Papua

West Papuan church leader, Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman, highlighted the need for urgent action on human rights in West Papua (formally known as Irian Jaya).
At a recent talk on his speaking tour of New Zealand, Reverend Yoman, the President of the

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Catholic Social Teaching and the international scene

New Zealand’s quest for free trade agreements with the USA, China and Pacific Island nations and the detrimental effects this could have on workers, vulnerable groups and small economies would contravene Catholic social teaching.
The voices of those

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Finding the reign of God in a Peruvian rubbish tip

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?’ These words from 1 John 3:17 are strong and certainly very challenging to those of us living comfortably in New Zealand.
One of

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Finding hope in the bad news

Anaethetist Peter Lloyd, a panel member at the Hawke’s Bay social justice seminar, outlined the many environmental challenges facing our world to around 30 people gathered at St Mary’s parish Taradale on Sunday 20 August.
‘We are not just eating the

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Personal solutions to environmental challenges

Is the environment better protected by personal lifestyle change or structural change? Perspectives on this question were presented by panelists at the Manawatu social justice seminar in Palmerston North on Saturday 19 August.
Lawrence O’Halloran of

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Jesus a radical environmentalist

Griffen Hope of the Taranaki Environment Centre told participants at the Stratford seminar on Sunday 27 August, that he likes to think Christ was one of the first radical environmentalists.
‘He chose to live a life of simplicity.’
Griffen works

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Learning from local wisdom drawing closer to nature

Gerard Albert of the Whanganui River Trust Board spoke to participants at the Whanganui seminar, held at the Josephite retreat centre on Saturday 26 August, about his iwi’s upcoming hearing at the Waitangi Tribunal.
The tribunal was convening a speci

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Prison unit ‘miracles’ challenge churches

The Alpha Unit at the Manawatu Prison with its ability to bring about radical change in prisoners, presents society with a challenge.
The unit is a place where ‘miracles plainly happen over and over again’, according to a former superintendent of th

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