Journal 2014 - WHS Publication #99
The Journal 2014 marks the two hundredth anniversary of the Reverend Samuel Marsden's 1814 Christmas Day sermon at Oihi with an article by Donald Phillipps first published in Touchstone. He probes and celebrates the way in which Marsden encouraged and supported the establishment of the Wesleyan Mission. We learn of friendship and sympathy, of assistance given and mutual respect received. The editor attended the dedication of the Heritage Centre on 21 December 2014 at Rangihoua. This should provide an excellent focus fQr honouring the work of the early missions and telling the story of the beginning of the nation's bicultural relationship. Pilgrims will find their way to' this site and be inspired by the story of the origins of Christian faith in this land.
Gary Clover completes his series of articles on early Maori evangelists and martyrs, He ha investigated the work of these often forgotten teachers so far as the rei1 allows. In many cases they went before European agents of the gospel. Their stories deserve to be better known.
1n ascinating article Helen Laurenson traces the fortunes of the Mt Eden
Free Methodist Church, an unusually independent group of Chistians in Mt
Eden. We learn of their spirit, their leaders and their associations with other
Christian communities. Such local histories are always set against the history
of their times.
We carry two obituaries this year. The first is of Elizabeth Wood-Ellem prepared by members of her family and reprinted from our sister journal in Victoria and Tasmania. She was a valued friend of the WHS and spoke at one of our conferences. The second is of Dame Dorothy Winstone and is written by Professor Raewyn Dalziel. Dame Dorothy, a lifelong Methodist, was committed to many causes that enhanced the place of women in society, among them was supporting women in higher education.
Finally we offer two book reviews. John Salmon considers Gary Clover's biography of William Woon, Wesleyan missionary printer, published by the Society. Elaine Bolitho reviews Dave Mullan and David Pratt's account of the history of Russell Methodist Church, which was recently closed.
- Terry Wall