30 women, Māori, Pacific, Pākehā and from around the world, connect faith, culture and calling
Silvia Purdie in conversation with some of the contributors to a new book out soon
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‘Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care’ tells the stories of thirty women from a wide diversity of cultures who describe their involvement in environmental action. Silvia Purdie gathered these stories, poems and prayers , asking the question, ‘What is God up to in the world?
In this Virtual Theology Chat you will hear from some of the writers and perhaps be inspired yourself!
Editor Silvia Purdie is a Presbyterian minister, counsellor and sustainability consultant. She is part of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand https://www.arocha.org.nz/and writes resources for Eco Church NZ.https://www.ecochurch.org.nz/
Narrative eco missiology is Silvia’s choice of description! It seeks to celebrate the mission of God within the ground of our own lives and work. In this book the focus is on creation care. It highlights a wide diversity of cultures and practical expression. It also includes a wealth of prayer and poetry.
What is God up to in the world? This question prompted Rev. Silvia Purdie to embark on a journey of collating the stories of women around the country who are leading in environmental action. The result is a book, currently in publication, called ‘Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care’. In this Virtual Theology Chat, Silvia and some of the book contributors reflect on this process and their insights into faith and mission.
Silvia Purdie asked the 30 women participating to share their personal story, and to describe their sense of how God has called them: “I start from the assumption that God is alive and speaking and motivating us all the time, and the best way to find out how is to ask people!”
Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care tells the stories of 30 Christian women, living in Aotearoa New Zealand, from many cultures, who are leading in environmental action. Through their experience a powerful story emerges of God at work in a rich diversity of ways.
Awhi Mai Awhi Atu documents the emergence of a dynamic mission movement, and builds that movement with practical and creative ideas and resources.
- 30 women, Māori, Pacific, Pākehā and from around the world, connect faith, culture and calling
- Vibrant stories of hope and creativity in the face of local and global problems
- A breadth of ages from 12 to 80, from the far north to the deep south
- 80 ‘action points’ provide practical tools for churches
- A wealth of prayer and poetry connects heart and soul
- Discussion of theology in ecological mission
Now, more than ever before, God is calling the church to care for God’s creation. Awhi Mai Awhi Atu: Women in Creation Care encourages Christians to receive God’s love (‘awhi mai’) and to share God’s love (‘awhi atu’), in human community and with the natural environment.