Articles

1 June 2017

  • 25 August 2012

    I was curious when Stephanie Dowrick, writer, commentator and inter-faith minister was going to conduct an inter-faith baptism at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. more»
    Shifting spiritual tides
  • 16 August 2012

    I think that blood donors are intuitively Eucharistic people, not in a church building, but in their everyday lives by pouring out their blood for others. more»
    Common garden blood
  • 14 August 2012

    A bishop I knew used to get frustrated by unused churches being resurrected as cafes. I wondered whether he thought soup and toast in chalice and paten didn't have quite the same transformative power as wine and wafers. more»
    Grand designs beyond belief
  • 10 August 2012

    “Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.” more»
    Knowledge without wisdom
  • 29 July 2012

    We must seek to understand how people make meaning even if this challenges the dominance of the medical model, which seems to have taken the place of a powerful, all knowing God that many say they don't believe in any more. more»
    Whanganui DHB alternative therapies trial courageous
  • 20 July 2012

    Sir Paul Reeves and Sir Mason Durie. Two Knights with a great deal in common beyond their shared heritage. What was it? more»
    Knights in common
  • 18 July 2012

    Let's not fight with science about how the world was made: issues of physics, mass, Higgs boson particles, space and energy, belong in the realm of science. Religion is a complementary truth, one that marvels in the physical universe but seeks to discern the eternal wisdom and trust that is essential to the well-being of the human race, and the preservation of all creation for the good of ourselves and those who come after us. more»
    God and the Higgs Boson particle
  • 15 July 2012

    Maybe God is like our inner secrets. As fragile and breakable as a glass that we fumble with before the weight of it forces our fingers open and it smashes on the ground beneath. more»
    Secrets, God and broken glass
  • 6 July 2012

    For a community activist to step into a sovereign bishop role, when he already has strong ideas of his own about the form and direction of change, could take some fancy footwork. more»
    Bishop Justin will need fancy footwork
  • 4 July 2012

    On Matakohe Island, we break bread together after making the island a better place for young kiwi, native lizards and other native birds. There's something liturgical about the whole morning for me. more»
    Church free liturgy
  • 4 July 2012

    It is humbling and strange, disconcerting yet reassuring, to think that I am worth as much as Mother Theresa, yet no more than Robert Mugabe. more»
    What are you worth?
  • 30 June 2012

    Talking about death makes many people feel vulnerable. Talk about euthanasia and the vulnerability in some circles is overwhelming. This suggests to me that there is something important to talk about. more»
    Euthanasia and the vulnerable art of dying
  • 27 June 2012

    Some years ago I read an article–I cannot remember where–that implied a contemporary Christian engagement with environmental concerns and the subsequent development of eco-theologies was little more than what the author called 'neo-paganism', something to be avoided....But surely the heavens reveal the wonder of God. more»
    Wondering at the heavens
  • 23 June 2012

    Religion has to have a visceral grip, get us in the guts at the place where we can say yes, aha, I get that even if I don't have words for it. At the same time it has to have an intellectual credibility that makes sense to us in our time and place. more»
    Matariki makes heart & head sense
  • 16 June 2012

    As the support for same-sex marriage grows stronger I'm realising what a great treasure civil unions are. Part of their value has been the ability to subvert thinking about how and with whom we can be intimately bound to one another. more»
    Civil unions a subversive treasure
  • 8 June 2012

    Lindsay Lohan recently had the words 'Live without regrets' tattooed onto her wrist. She is not alone in this sentiment. It seems that every time I read an interview of a celebrity with an, er, colourful history, they invariably say that despite their weekly trips to rehab, regular forays into prison and string of messy relationships, they have no regrets whatsoever. more»
    Je ne regret rien:  Live without regrets
  • 27 May 2012

    Medicine and religion have strong cultures of life-saving heroics. Both must come to terms with what they are not to offer a shared approach to healing. more»
    Medicine and spirituality can go beyond life-saving heroics
  • 20 May 2012

    Nearly 50% of Wellington teenagers purposefully harm themselves before they turn 18. While frightening, it may indicate an important spiritual journey is underway. more»
    Teenage self-harm may be spiritual awakening
  • 12 May 2012

    Mysticism dwells deep within the spiritual impulse of humanity, religiously appearing in the work of artists. Trouble is it's only apparent if you assume nothing. more»
    Mysticism: the art of assuming nothing
  • 6 May 2012

    Maybe the election of the new bishop of Wellington says much more about the grey heads 'hungry for Justin' than it does about the Rev'd Duckworth. For no individual, whatever their dream or commitment to a better world has been able to significantly change an institution, and it's not for want of trying. more»
    Hungry for Bishop Justin
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