Spring Series at St Ninian’s, Riccarton

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90413778A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning
with the Rev Ian Crumpton.


An exploration of Jeremy Lent’s book,
The Patterning Instinct
(Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2017)


Friday evenings – 19 and 26 October

BYO takeaway tea 5-6pm for those who wish.
Session 6-7pm in the Lounge behind the Church


This has been running all through October
but each session stands alone
so anyone is welcome to join us for the last two evenings.

19 Oct – The Conquest of Nature  (The Christian worldview: the incubator for scientific cognition; how the Western Capitalist model came to envelop the globe).

26 Oct: The Web of Meaning?  (Learnings from collapsed civilisations; some of humanity’s possible future trajectories)


Prof Kevin Clements’ lecture and workshop PowerPoint presentations

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Prof Kevin ClementsEarlier this month, Prof Kevin Clements (Chair and Foundation Director, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago) presented a public lecture hosted by Durham Street Methodist Church, entitled “The Politics of Compassion: In an Age of Ruthless Power.”  The next morning he facilitated a peacemaking experiential workshop.

Both of these events were accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, and you can obtain your own copy here (for the public lecture) and here (for the experiential workshop).



Stationing Process – Meeting with Rev Philomena Kinera

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IMG0081As part of the stationing process, a face to face meeting with Rev Philomena Kinera has been arranged for tomorrow, Sunday August 19th, from lunchtime onwards.  Rev Kathryn Walters and Dick Clayton will be there to facilitate the meeting process as Philo is introduced to us and we to her.

Philo has to drive in from Rangiora after her morning service, so lunch will start at 12.30pm, with the meeting to start at 1.15pm. This means there will be plenty of time for the choir AGM before lunch, perhaps also for an activity involving music or a video or …

The meeting is expected to conclude by 2.30pm.

Finally, some notes from Kathryn regarding the process the face to face will follow:

1:15pm – A gathering of the congregation with Philo in order to confirm the match.  This is NOT an interview but rather a sharing of expectations, to share with Philo some of the ways the parish has been working together in terms of its decision making, and its vision of ministry and mission.  It is also an opportunity for Philo to share with the parish something of her passion, her skills and talents that will enrich the parish life.

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2:15pm – Dick and Kathryn will split up with one going with Philo and the other remaining with the congregation to determine whether the match is affirmed.

Dick and Kathryn will then meet together to hear whether the match is affirmed or not and each group will be advised of the outcome.

The Politics of Compassion

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The Politics of Compassion in an Age of Ruthless Power, is the title of an address to be given by Professor Kevin Clements in Christchurch on Friday 10 August.

The address will focus on how to build humanistic emancipatory politics based on the centrality of people and communities as opposed to the current dominant economic and political systems.

Image result for prof kevin clementsProfessor Clements is the Chair and Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University.  The meeting, organised by the Durham Street Methodist Church, will begin at 6.30pm in the Knox Hall, 28 Bealey Ave.  Admission is free.

Professor Clements will lead a workshop on Saturday 11 August.  The workshop will introduce people to non- violent tools for conflict transformation and what is needed to do a structural analysis and how to design non-violent transformative movements.   The workshops will also be held in the Knox Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

He will also preach at a combined Durham Street Methodist Church and Knox Presbyterian Church Service on Sunday 12 August at 10am.

The events are to mark Peace Sunday.  Within the Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican Churches a Sunday near 6 August is designated Peace Sunday. To commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, in 1945.  It is a time of reflection and prayer and for the churches to renew their mandate for peace.

For further information contact:  Ms Pauline McKay, Parish Steward, Phone 021 2891225 pauline.mckay@cws.org.nz

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