Writing

  • The Rev. Dr. Paul McKeown 18 October 2017

    Sundays at granny's -
    full of healing
    hospitality.
    The comforting sprawl
    of table, couch and chatter
    asked little of us...
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    Waves
  • The Rev. Dr. Paul McKeown 18 October 2017

    ...why did this speak to you?
    This stone, or shell, or piece of glass -
    its shimmer, shape or hue? more»
    The Flotsam in the Bay
  • Margaret Lyall 18 October 2017

    Stress and distress, crisis on crisis,
    mind, body and spirit cannot take much more... more»
    Thoughts of a harassed mother as Christmas approaches
  • Margaret Lyall 18 October 2017

    I saw it on the Salisbury Centre stall.
    It was the shape that drew me - simple and symmetrical.
    Carefully I picked it up and turned it round
    to savour its perfection. more»
    Thoughts on a Clay Pot: written for an agnostic friend
  • The Rev. Gayanne Frater 18 October 2017

    Darkened sky,
    torrential rain,
    roiling thunder
    exploding overhead,
    road corner flooding within minutes... more»
    Midday Interruption
  • Tess Ashton 18 October 2017

    God said,
    'I have
    Everything sorted'
    felt the download
    like an upload... more»
    Goodbye Edmonton with God and Eric Clapton
  • Tess Ashton 18 October 2017

    you draw pink and orange spring flowers
    kneeling on the concrete slab
    I experiment with charcoal
    sit on the cold glass table more»
  • 18 October 2017

    on the
    trail of window sills
    queen anne's lace
    stencils
    sun and shadow more»
    The little anglican church
  • The Rev. Joy MacCormick 18 October 2017

    It is difficult, and often frightening, to let go of what has been received as truth... more»
    Quantum Theology
  • Stuart Holmes Coleman 18 October 2017

    In all his years of wonderingacross oceans to far away islandssearching for a place to call homethe man never imagined findingsuch calm in a woman’s eyes.They glimmered like bright starsguiding more»
  • Stuart Holmes Coleman 18 October 2017

    There is a kind of wind that blows
    during certain days of the year
    and it's almost as if it knows
    how to stir up our deepest fears. more»
  • Stuart Holmes Coleman 18 October 2017

    If only I were an artist
    I would paint portraits of you
    lying on your side in bed... more»
  • Peter Clague 18 October 2017

    let me sweep your church
    I'd leave the door ajar
    to split the glimpses of grace... more»
  • Ana Lisa de Jong 18 October 2017

    Sunday morning
    Dawns anew
    in the blue of my heart... more»
    Sunday Morning
  • Ana Lisa de Jong 18 October 2017

    This will pass like the sun rising.
    This will pass like a breath of wind
    across the face of a leaf... more»
    This Will Pass
  • Margaret Lyall 15 October 2017

    Minds cannot comprehend;
    Truth is veiled in paradox.
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  • The Rev. Canon Mark Pryce 26 September 2017

    Those before me knew
    how to stroke the steep sodden hills of Wales
    just enough to yield a little milk each day
    and sufficient mutton for stewing. more»
  • Gayanne Frater 26 September 2017

    You simply notice one sweet day that you are at peace ... more»
    Unexpected Gift
  • Susan Smith 26 September 2017

    We are part of a tradition that stretches back through the centuries...outwards to all the world's peoples and which touches us within... more»
  • The Rev. Erice Fairbrother 26 September 2017

    Thus far, none of our women Bishop's were born, or brought up in New Zealand, Aotearoa, or Polynesia. It raises questions for us as women in theological education and mentoring. For instance, why are our own women consistently overlooked? more»
  • Susan Smith 26 September 2017

    I have just read a headline in the New Zealand Herald (6 June 2014) in which All Black coach Steve Hansen describes Jerome Kaino as "a caged animal" who will be doing all that he can to prove that he is at home among the big beasts of the international game. more»
  • The Rev. Sande Ramage 26 September 2017

    When I have been expected all my adult life to take responsibility for myself, it seems like the ultimate betrayal of a society, a glaring lack of compassion to be unable to make a choice about how my life ends. more»
    Voluntary Euthanasia: an unfamiliar pilgrimage
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 26 September 2017

    This is Camelot, the Isle of Avalon, a place of disappeared kingdoms, myth, intentional well-being, religious and New Age pilgrimage. more»
    From Glastonbury to Iona
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Smith 26 September 2017

    The heavy cries of the swooping seagulls fell silent and a chill crept into the air as the Moon came between us and the Sun. The deep shadow, which formed first in the North Atlantic, swept up into the Arctic and at the North Pole became no more. As the recent solar eclipse reached totality and the irridescent crown of the corona surrounded the sun, words from Pádraig Ó Tuama's poem, In-between the sun and moon came to mind... more»
    Spero: I Hope
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 26 September 2017

    Travelling is in the DNA of most New Zealanders. Over a million of them live overseas and thousands holiday around the world each year. Families love nothing better than packing up the tent, caravan or camper van and hitting the road to enjoy some R and R. If you've got an iconic V Dub, all the better. more»
    Northern Lights in April
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 26 September 2017

    Hilary finds an antidote to unpredictable weather... more»
    Northern Lights in May
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 26 September 2017

    A visitor from New Zealand comes to call and eggs are cooked on a makeshift stove... more»
    Northern Lights in June
  • The Rev. Canon Dr. James M. McPherson 26 September 2017

    John's Gospel is famously unique for its seemingly 'loose' treatment of history.... more»
    Any Where and The Beloved Disciple
  • The Rev. John Fairbrother 26 September 2017

    Contemplative experience is profoundly personal. The practice is about entering an inner vulnerability that may, mysteriously, reveal a sense of transcendent wholeness. more»
    Wonder
  • The Rev. John Fairbrother 26 September 2017

    New Zealand has a history of criminal trials and subsequent resolutions exposing miscarriages of justice. more»
    Ground for Justice
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    An Epiphany sun shone for an hour or so today. And my eye was drawn to wandering dolphins and orcas in the Firth and a weather-beaten fisherman hauling lobster creels onto his rusty fishing boat. There aren't many lobsters about at the moment. The gourmands, dining in London restaurants, will have to do with monkfish. more»
    Two Halves of the Moon
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    The sun is setting on Assynt, in the North West corner of Scotland. Orange light warms a cold April... more»
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    Pale sand
    jewelled with green chalcedony.
    Shells of pink
    patterned with footsteps of time.
    Irish Lady's Tresses,
    Orchids and Yellow Rattle
    carpet the greening machair. more»
    IONA
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    These are interim times. So much seems withheld. Where can we put our trust? How can we endure and at the same time, transfigure our perceptions to discern and re-discover the beauty, the joy and the goodness at the heart of creation and born of God? more»
    Equinox Tales
  • Dr. Julie Thorpe 25 September 2017

    As the storm receded and left a beach full of broken shells, I started to learn to live between the tides, carried by the ocean's breath.

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  • The Rev. Gayanne Frater 25 September 2017

    Focussed was I,
    on the pain of fiery rage
    I lost sight of fire's beauty... more»
    The fire of Divine Love
  • The Rev. Gayanne Frater 25 September 2017

    'Tis easy,
    is it not,
    to allow those who walk
    halls of power
    to assume
    'larger than life'
    presence,
    as if your sphere
    of influence,
    is too small
    to be of any note. more»
    Letter to the world-weary heart
  • The Rev. Iain Gow 25 September 2017

    My understanding of Jesus' life in contrast is 'be open to the wounds of humanity', and even more than that 'be open to being wounded by humanity's agony for in that you will become more fully human'. more»
    The I and Thou of Caring
  • The Rev. Iain Gow 25 September 2017

    Now I am not a believer that the Sabbath principle means it has to be Sunday, but I do believe it is an important principle to leading a sustainable life. more»
    Living the Sustainable Life!
  • The Rev. Iain Gow 25 September 2017

    Both times I have travelled the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, I have become aware of the importance of gratefulness, the need to consciously be thankful for all the good, all the blessings I receive that comes each day my way. more»
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    It is a story of fragile hope then and now, for we live in unpredictable times. It was ever thus... more»
    February Tales
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    The embers of a late Autumn. Morning mists, fruitfulness, golden light, wind in my hair... more»
    The Skylark Ascending
  • The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith 25 September 2017

    At night it was light and from the bed in my grandparent's house, I could look through the open curtains to the ocean and watch the midnight sun. more»
    Dark and Light: A Solstice Story
  • Fr. Martin Davies 25 September 2017

    We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.[i]     Winston Churchill...what we build will, over the years, shape how we understand more»
    Living In A History
  • The Rev. Erice C Fairbrother 25 September 2017

       In this evening after eating outYou serve us nightcaps as we talkNoting our lazy hermeneutics, how we crossLong sentences like little rivers winding betweenPrecipices and over rocky more»
  • The Revd. Dr. Hilary Smith 25 September 2017

    Summer tales
    of Magi.
    Full moon's whiteness
    on an unknown path. more»
    Unfolding
  • Rachel Mann 25 September 2017

    Here a mouth opens,
    thirsty to receive.
    The girl stares down at it,
    as if at a puzzle, shocked if this is the answer,
    stares in terror and wonder at what she has done. more»
    A poem for Christmas, innit?
  • Ana Lisa de Jong 3 September 2017

    This will pass like the sun rising.
    This will pass like a breath of wind
    across the face of a leaf. more»
    This Will Pass
  • The Rev. John Fairbrother 30 August 2017

    No surrender, holding the line of retreat and advance,
    countless blades wave in sullied draft declaring
    nature's vulnerable defiance... more»
  • The Rev. John Fairbrother 30 August 2017

    Falling: Round small, golden light
    Nudged from place, purpose done;
    riding air in descent like flight... more»
    Autumn leaf
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