Writing

  • Church free liturgy

    Susan Smith 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»
  • What are you worth?

    Cherry Hamilton 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»
  • The Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus, fam Halcyonidae) is found in Australia and New Zealand and other areas of the southwest Pacific. more»
  • These poems are a reflection on memory of a five day retreat taken in the mid 1990's, while serving at that time in Wellington City as a Vicar along with various other diocesan roles. more»
  • Euthanasia and the vulnerable art of dying

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Wondering at the heavens

    Susan Smith 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»
  • Matariki makes heart & head sense

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Civil unions a subversive treasure

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Je ne regret rien:  Live without regrets

    Cherry Hamilton 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»
  • Medicine and spirituality can go beyond life-saving heroics

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Teenage self-harm may be spiritual awakening

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Mysticism: the art of assuming nothing

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Hungry for Bishop Justin

    Sande Ramage 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»
  • Anzac Day Amnesia

    Sande Ramage 28 April 2012

    We only remember some things on Anzac Day. Perhaps its shame and embarrassment that keeps us from remembering the brutal way conscientious objectors were treated. more»
  • Cardboard cathedral's impermanence has promise

    Sande Ramage 19 April 2012

    The symbol of God's presence had become a great emptiness. A bit like the ruin that Christchurch Cathedral is now. more»
  • Grave wisdom

    Sande Ramage 15 April 2012

    When myth becomes embedded in the concrete world of religious dogma and misrepresents itself as the only story, it can become linear, flat and one dimensional, losing its ability to get under our skin where it belongs. more»
  • Easterpreneur

    Sande Ramage 6 April 2012

    I wonder whether the crucifixion story, the journey to the grave, is about the convoluted journey to our interior, where our deepest, darkest fears are held. Perhaps it's trying to tell us that to become enlightened, to see life as it really is, we have to become vulnerable, crucified, exactly what we don't want to be. more»
  • Festivals transcend belief

    Sande Ramage 31 March 2012

    Once I was so locked into one way of seeing the Easter story that my ability to imagine, or even entertain another version was limited. But as the years have rolled by I've changed and my faith has altered beyond recognition. Intellectual knowledge has been important but what has mattered more has been allowing the festivals to show me worlds beyond my reasoning boundaries. more»
  • Easter contradictions with Ms Monroe

    Sande Ramage 23 March 2012

    Michelle Williams is tantalizing in My Week with Marilyn. She ensures Ms Monroe is present, a disarming combination of innocent child and sensual siren. It's not the sleek exterior that seduces; it's the contradictions that open us up. more»
  • Public prayer connects beyond belief

    Sande Ramage 18 March 2012

    I've been thinking about the most wonderful keyhole in the world as debates about public prayer have been on the agenda of city council meetings in Bideford, England and Whanganui, New Zealand. more»
  • Tweeting angel irritates cathedral

    Sande Ramage 8 March 2012

    Angels have come a long way. Early versions showed minimal fashion sense dressing in shapeless shifts that obscured any hint of gender. Only having a trumpet to gain attention and dreams to send messages hampered communication with mortals. No longer. more»
  • The ironic beauty of discomfort

    Sande Ramage 3 March 2012

    Sitting in the discomfort, a wise yoga teacher once wryly observed whilst I collapsed in a haphazard pile of limbs is where shift happens, where perspective broadens and a more compassionate way of seeing our world can emerge. more»
  • Whitney, Christchurch & Lent remind us of impermanence

    Sande Ramage 25 February 2012

    Christchurch and Whitney have both suffered as the earth moved beneath their feet. Their experiences are reminders of our impermanence, which is highlighted in the Christian festival of Lent. more»
  • Presence: a soulful mystery

    Sande Ramage 17 February 2012

     You'd think that the health system was in contention for an Oscar the way we keep worrying about its performance. Chasing health targets is meant to keep the system focused but the more»
  • Whanau Ora and the miracle of presence

    Sande Ramage 11 February 2012

    Despite all our technological marvels, sometimes the only miracle we have to offer each other is an open hearted, accepting and forgiving presence. more»
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