Who are we and what are we here for? The Ven. Mere Wallace The Venerable Mere Wallace explores Te Oranga Ake. How do we understand ministry and mission? Hui Amorangi in Te Wai Pounamu is going through a process of articulating who we are and what we are here for. We describe this as Te Oranga Ake. This is how we understand our ministry and mission. How do we have a thriving and flourishing ministry? What are the actions that we need to take in order for that to happen? In this article I outline aspects of Te Oranga Ake and how this covers both human community and care for creation. Core Principles Our theology begins from Aroha, which is love, which is best … [Read more...]
Bolivia Smith: Lalagaina o la’u malaga (Weaving my Journey)
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2: 10 Bolivia Smith is an impressive young Samoan woman. She has a chiefly title, she was the Youth Coordinator in the Diocese of Polynesia at the age of 15, and in her professional life as an IT specialist she has a staff of 15 . Bolivia lives in Samoa and will share her malaga or journey, in this Virtual Theology Chat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyaDMLhS37w Name: Galumalemana Bolivia Smith Parents: Rev. Dr Le Vaotogo Frank & Tulimata’i Smith Employment: Team Leader CIT – Systems, Network, SCADA, GIS & Call Centre (I … [Read more...]
Know any women ordained as priests since 2012?
Lisa Guthrie, a Master's student at Laidlaw College, is wishing to contact women who have been ordained priest for less than ten years. My name is Lisa Guthrie, and I am a Masters student in Theology at Laidlaw College. This research project is work towards my thesis. I am undertaking this academic study alongside my training at St John's College where I am in my fourth year. The research aims to show how, for women, sharing our stories helps develop our sense of calling, because story-telling acts as a reflective process. It will give a women's perspective of calling to the role of priest and locate the role of a priest in the context of Anglican women in … [Read more...]
A Torch and A Thermos (an allegory): Spiritual speleologist Anam Cara goes in search of a more woman-inclusive God
Kia ora! Talofa! Malo e lelei! Hi! My name is Anam Cara and I absolutely love exploring. I’m a spiritual speleologist who delights in navigating spiritual landscapes, squeezing into caverns and grottoes where refreshing ideas are lurking. Would you like to join me on my next adventure? Until recently I’ve been camping out with a group of like-minded people near the Forest of Certainty, a softly undulating paddock populated with rows of pinus radiata and native seedlings. It’s also known as the Forest of Order. Bordering this is our campsite, protected from the wind by dense foliage. I came across an early map, drawn decades ago by a cartographer called Fowler, … [Read more...]
AWSC goes to Samoa
After three years of Zoom meetings, we will meet face to face! A group of AWSC Council and Links is excited to be flying to Samoa on 17 February, to meet up with Anglican women at All Saints in Apia. The theme of the POP UP hui is ‘Women, Faith and Society’, and will feature story telling, theological reflection , and lots of time to build friendships across our three tikanga church. The three day program includes a visit to the Anglican School, and an old people's home, attending church on Sunday. sharing meals, and much conversation. groups members are donating theological books, and gifts of the AWSC publications, Talanoa, telling our Stories, and Vashti's Banquet. … [Read more...]
Women’s Writing Retreat, Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, Auckland 25-29 October 2022
Confidence, honesty, soul food, scholarship, publishing, laughter, connection, three tikanga, spirituality, challenge, inspiration, academic support Twelve women from Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia gathered for some days of intentional writing. Some were polishing a piece of writing, some were writing proposals, some were developing poetry, some were seeking some guidance and collegial input. Retreat costs were funded by the St John’s College Women’s Leadership Group, while travel costs were funded by the Anglican Women’s Studies Centre. Read some comments by participants. from left: Akanesi Folau, Moana Hall-Smith, Tekweni Nyamukachi, Jill Fleet, Ceridwn … [Read more...]
Climate Change in the Pacific: how one woman is making a difference.
Island hopping is part of my life. I have been specializing in Climate Change and Health supported by WHO for more than 5 years now.’ Kelera has worked as an Environmental Health Officer for the Fijian government for about 25 years. She is one of the two AWSC Council members from tikanga Polyneisa: she is deeply involved in climate change action, in the Anglican Church and in her family life in Fiji. https://youtu.be/ibeE10B8vQk Kelera Oli was born into a Christian family and baptized in the Anglican Church in Naviavia, Savusavu in 1966 and confirmed for Holy Communion in 1979 at St John’s Church, Wailoku, Suva. Kelera is experienced in all the groups within the church … [Read more...]
Virtual Theology Chat with Sepiuta Hala’api’api
introduced by The Revd Bettina Maxwell, Convenor Anglican Women's Studies Centre. https://youtu.be/dKU3JCM6tB0 A rare young woman My name is Sepiuta Hala’api’api – born to Tongan missionary parents, born and raised in Fiji. I currently serve as an ordained minister – one of the few young women in ordained ministry in the Diocese of Polynesia. now Diocesan Secretary I also currently serve as the Diocesan Secretary and Registrar for The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia. once was Youth Director, Fisheries officer.... I previously served as the Diocesan Youth Director for my Diocese. Prior to taking up fulltime ministry, I also served in Government as a Fisheries … [Read more...]
Leading Lady Seeks Stipend: how humour, honesty and a robust prayer life have been key to one priest’s leadership journey.
Join Rev Annette Cater, freshly appointed Vicar of Lower Hutt Anglican Parish as she shares openly and honestly about her 20 year journey of paid ministry in the Anglican Church. No question off limits - in fact the bolder the better! A third generation Anglican, Annette was born and raised in Upper Hutt. She drinks her coffee black, paints and does upholstery for fun, preaches without notes and loves liturgical worship. She also loves mentoring and creating opportunities for others to grow into their God-given potential. https://youtu.be/pIIk-ir8D9s Hear Annette Cater on a Virtual Theology Chat Thursday 18 August 2022, https://youtu.be/pIIk-ir8D9s The Sunday Star Times … [Read more...]
Virtual Theology Chats -what’s coming up?
with Anglican Women’s Studies Centre 7pm – 8pm Third Thursday of the month , by Zoom https://anglicanchurch-nz.zoom.us/j/94599431152?pwd=U0Q4NG9DM1FhVU5OOTVmQjh1bERvUT09 Thursday 18 August 2022 7pm Annette Cater We just try to be better The Revd Annette Cater, BA BTh At 41, Annette has just been appointed Vicar of St James, Lower Hutt. She is pleased that her daughter can now see women in leadership in the church, but believes there is still work to be done in society and in the church Thursday 22 Sept 2022 7pm Kelera Oli works in Suva and throughout Fiji I specialize in climate change and health impacts of climate change and health. 'I am the … [Read more...]
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