The following is essentially the sermon I gave at St George’s Anglican Church, Tauranga Moana, 5 November 2017 We have just had the observance of the Allhallowtide triduum from 31st of October to the 2nd of November. Those three days are individually known as All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Our… Read More All Saints, All Souls or All Parihaka? Connecting Allhallowtide to Aotearoa
Campbell Live’s activist journalism has thrown a spotlight on the West Coast Christian community of Gloriavale. Anchored by the courage of Julia to tell a tragic and painful story and followed by the telling testimony of other ex-members, the claims are disturbing and myriad. The claims to date have included: bullying (particularly of young women);… Read More Would we take a softly, softly approach if Gloriavale was a Māori community?
Last night, as part of the Wellington Doicese’s Anglican Schools Youth Pigrimage, we stayed in Te Niho o Te Ati Awa on Parihaka Pa. We were hosted by my whanaunga, the redoubtable kuia Maata, who has lived on the pa for thirty years and is from the Borell and Moanaroa whānau of Tauranga Moana. Warmly… Read More Remember, remember the 5th of November: Parihaka’s silent vigil for Machiavellian NZ
As I grumble about Halloween and Guy Fawkes, there is a regular flow of comments from friends on my Facebook posts whose theme is to entreat me to enjoy the events and let children have their fun. There were similar comments on a friend’s page when she criticised Columbus Day. I wouldn’t characterise most of… Read More Whose country is this? Halloween, Guy Fawkes & Parihaka