In addition to the annual Vaughan Park Residential Scholarship two further scholarships of three months each have been awarded for 2008.
The Vaughan Park Scholar for 2008 will be The Ven. Te Waaka Sonny Melbourne who is a tutor and Director of Māori Language and Māori Cultural and NZ Church History at Taapapa Rotorua. Sonny will apply his three months at the Centre to complete his doctoral studies, examining Māori spirituality, cultural resurgence and Māori contribution to the values of society and its importance to global awareness of interdependence in stewardship of Creation.
The first of the two additional scholarships has been granted to The Rev. Canon Dr. Jim McPherson recently returned to the Diocese of Brisbane after nine years in Sydney Diocese. Jim will be known as the Distinguished Academic Visitor. His study at Vaughan Park will be focussed toward writing a book exploring the conceptual relationships of the Lord's Prayer with the Psalms drawing liturgical and devotional implications for "thoughtful and prayerful Anglicans".
The Rev. Joy MacCormick, a spiritual director, from Waiapu has been granted a residency to undertake research in order to assist those who seek a deeper understanding of God, but struggle with the institutional church.
The ministry at Vaughan Park continues to develop. The Scholarship criteria have been broadened to allow for applications from both beyond the Anglican Church and overseas. The completion of the Chapel and research Centre has provided beautiful, well equipped spaces for prayer, contemplation and study.
"At the heart of a ministry of hospitality, Vaughan Park is a place of learning and theological encounter" says the director, John Fairbrother. "It is about conversation and study not systematic education. We want to explore connections between church and world, between individual and corporate ministries".