The Methodist Alliance Forum 2019
Radical Methodism – Radical Change
The second Forum was held for the Methodist Alliance on in November 2019, at Wesley Rata Village and was well attended with the majority of people staying on site in the old Strand residential care building.
Day 1 - Friday 8th November 2019
We started with a powhiri, followed by a mihimihi – where we introduced ourselves and shared where we are from, and shared the place we call 'home.' People were from the far North and the deep South, the East and the West.
We had presentations from the five communities of practice giving a quick overview of their work and reflecting on the following what they are most proud of to date? What they hope to achieve in next 2 – 3 years? And what key question or issue they are struggling with? Click on the links to find see their presentations:
- Building Stronger Communities - community led development
- Children & Families/Tamariki & Whanau
- Amorangi Tangata - furthering the bi-cultural journey
- Fundraising & Communications
There is an open invitation for members to join any of the communities of practice. Please contact the National Coordinator, Carol Barron, who will make sure you are brought up to date and linked in.
Rev Dr Arapera Ngaha, Geoff Tucker and Peter Glensor refreshed our knowledge on our Weteriana bicultural story with a quiz. This was a really enjoyable interactive session with great discussion. It is a great resource which you may like to use with your parish. Click here for a copy.
Siaola, Vahefonua Tongan Methodist Mission, were unable to attend but Kathleen sent a video which you can watch here.
Sinoti Samoa provide significant work in family violence prevention and suicide prevention. Their presentation can be found here.
We were entertained with the story of Wesley Rata Village. Find out more here.
Day 2 - Saturday 9th November 2019
We were blessed to have our Presidential Team attend the Forum. Vice President Nicola led us in prayer and President Setaita shared a theological refleciton about what is radical about Methodism.
We heard inspiring stories:
- Housing First in Christchurch & Blenheim from Jill Hawkey, Christchurch Methodist Mission
- Mama Celia's Table from Lizzie Makalio, Wesley Community Action
- Shore to Thrive & other community projects at Northcote Takapuna Parish from Rev Peter Norman & Jennifer Moor
- The Porirua Promise from Makerita Makapelu and Kena Duignan,Wesley Community Action
- Peer to peer models and the value of lived experience from Zoe Truell, Lifewise.
Three people shared their view about "What is a Radical Methodist approach in Aotearoa today?" and what working in a Methodist way looks like.
We heard from:
Rev Motekiai Fakatou, the Prebyster at Wellington Central Parish & Wesley Community Action Board member
Garth Nowland-Foreman – board member of Christchurch Methodist Mission
Tara Tautari – General Secretary Designate
Strategizing for Radical Action