Events

The Waikouaiti Presbyterian Parish is holding an Arts and Crafts Day on Saturday 4th November, 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Tickets $10.00 each, devonshire Tea and map included

5 Sites to visit plus many displays in the Church Hall, Kildare Street and a Plant stall

Tickets available on the day or enquiries to:

Judy Irving 465 8484

Victoria Hart 465 7897

Please see the poster here.

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The Department of Theology and Religion and the Bioethics Centre here at Otago are jointly offering a Summer School paper on 

Bioethics and Christian Theology (CHTH217/317). 

Available both on Campus and via distance 

Summer School runs from 8 Jan - 16 Feb 2018. The paper is available both on Campus and via distance anywhere in New Zealand (or overseas). A pdf with further information is attached.

Topics covered include: Euthanasia, Sanctity of Life, Abortion, IVF and Genetics, Theological Conception of the Person, Autonomy, Suffering and Health, Beneficence and Duty of Care and Dementia    

Prerequisite: at 200-level; any two 100-level papers in any subject; at 300-level; any one 200-level paper in any subject. This prior study can have been undertaken at any accredited tertiary institution and need not have been done recently.

For further information contact Cara-Jane Smith; theology@otago.ac.nz or 03 479 8901

To enrol go to www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/  (Enrolments close 15 December 2017)

Fees: Standard Summer School fees apply. For more information, visit http://www.otago.ac.nz/summerschool/apply/fees/

For more information, please click here.

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Christian World Service invites supporters to its annual council on Friday, 6 October at Christchurch North Methodist Church from 6-8 pm. CWS will report on the year’s work and invite feedback. Jo Spratt a researcher on aid and foreign policy and Professor David Fielding from Otago University will discuss the New Zealand government aid programme.  Supporters are welcome to observe the AGM of the Board the following morning. RSVP to Pam for catering purposes.  

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The Conference titled “Growing Together” is to be held at Lincoln University (30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport).

The event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry.

Speakers at the conference include: Dr Rosemary Dewerse, she is Dunedin based and the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership Thornton Blair Research Fellow; Rev Jenny Dawson is an Anglican priest living just north of Wellington and a spiritual director, supervisor and consultant; and Jerry Marshall who is Chair of IRCA and CEO of Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre, the UK churches’ rural resource unit.

As well as the main conference there will be a young adult (16-25yrs) stream.

Fees up o 30 September 2017: NZ $1,300 including single room accommodation, meals, outings and transfer from Christchurch airport if required. Excluding accommodation (but with all meals including breakfast): NZ $775.

See programme and book here https://irca.online/conferences/2018-conference/

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Presbyterian Women is hosting a Women’s Assembly in Mosgiel from Friday, 3 to Sunday, 5 November 2017.

Around 120 attendees are expected to gather to share, reflect and network. There is an opportunity to contribute to the celebration of our membership diversity, honouring our taonga of Presbyterian Women, and our hope for the future by submitting your inspirational ideas for our weekend to pwanz2016@gmail.com Your voice is valued and your company welcome, if not in person support another to join us.

Special guest speakers include Meteria Turei (co-leader of the Green Party) who will share her views on social issues such as inequality, housing and justice, and author Joy Cowley, whose enthusiasm we will share in her spirituality workshop.

Also, the registration pack to the Event page for the Women's Assembly 3-5 November, we have extended the EarlyBird registration at $100 to 31 July 2017:

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The Avalon Conference for January 2018 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Contact Annemarie Morgan, c/o Clevedon Presbyterian Church, for further details.

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On 15-21 April 2018, lay and ordained rural church leaders gather together in Lincoln, Christchurch to be inspired, encouraged and equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of rural mission and ministry.

In addition to the main conference there is a young adult (16-25) stream.

This event aims to inspire, encourage and equip rural church leaders from across the globe as they explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural mission and ministry. With a learning community approach at its core, lay and ordained groups from countries and regions will consider together the ‘What is?’, ‘What could be?’ and ‘What will be?’ for their rural church context, inspired by stories and worship from different countries and traditions, and fed by key notes on reconciling communities and collaborative ministry. Delegates will leave with action steps for their area, a set of resources for mission and poverty reduction, new friends and a network offering ongoing support.

For full details including timetable, speakers, cost, and booking see www.irca.online

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The Council for World Mission is offering a month-long study programme in Palestine in September and October this year.

This is a fully funded programme that is open to students of theology who are members of our Church. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the complicated and challenging context of the Middle East under a guided study programme with theological students from around the world. The programme will be hosted at a theological College in Bethlehem, Palestine. Information about the programme, and an application form, can be downloaded here. Applications need to be endorsed by the Assembly Executive Secretary. Further information can be obtained from Global Mission Coordinator Phil King.

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Do people approach you to talk about their spiritual life?
Would you like to train as a Spiritual Director? 

Spiritual Growth Ministries offers a well-regarded and comprehensive two year, part-time programme, designed to inspire and form you as an effective Spiritual Director.

The programme includes: 

  • study of the theology and practices of Christian Spiritual Direction
  • deepening personal spiritual formation
  • regular workshops conducted by experienced practitioners
  • supervised one-to-one spiritual direction practice

For all enquiries contact the programme coordinator: fran.francis@sgm.org.nz

or visit our website: www.sgm.org.nz

(Applications for 2018 due by 20th September 2017. Late applications will be considered.) 

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