Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes

Article originally written for the Salvation Army’s War Cry Issue 6606 Christmas 2014. On 12 April 1799, the Society for Missions to Africa and the East (later renamed the Church Missionary Society) was founded at a meeting of the Eclectic Society, supported by members of the Clapham Sect, including Henry Thornton, Thomas Babington and William… Read More Ruatara’s Mission: 200 years since the first Christian service in Aotearoa through Māori eyes

Being Māori & feeling the threat of LA: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 6

We left Flagstaff, AZ, yesterday for the long drive across Arizona and California to Los Angeles. Seven hours driving, two rest stops, and one more dramatic stop for a broken awning and we hit the traffic on the I-15 and I-10 towards San Bernadino. I had thought I had driven in busy traffic before, but I… Read More Being Māori & feeling the threat of LA: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 6

Trying to hang in there with Church

Our Anglican church that we attend has a small attendance of about 40-60 people (depending on the day), consisting of a handful of families, mostly elderly Pākehā, and perhaps seven Māori. Each Sunday we meet (to be fair, our own attendance is spasmodic but we feel connected) in one of two regular services (a ‘traditional’ early morning or ‘family’ mid-morning service) from the… Read More Trying to hang in there with Church