The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

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PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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May 2005

Towering figure had undeniable impact
The death of Pope John Paul II was a watershed event. As with any world leader, opinions about John Paul II vary. As the world prepares for to welcome his successor, Touchstone asked religious leaders in New Zealand to assess his legacy.

NZ Methodists and Catholics hunt for common ground
As it approaches a quarter of a century, the dialogue between the New Zealand Methodist and Roman Catholic churches looks set to reach a milestone: a joint mutual declaration on baptism.

Rainbows, kava bowls, and foolish hope: Hui conjures future for Methodist Church
By Paul Titus
The March hui on ministry training and the mission of the Methodist Church was a cathartic event. Those who gathered at the Franciscan Friary in Auckland expressed the pain and sadness they feel at the state of the church. But they also had strong sense of optimism and applied lateral thinking to consider new ways forward.

Rich past, challenging future for Tai Tokerau rohe
By Paul Titus
Northland holds a special place in the history of Methodism in Aotearoa. The early Wesleyan missions were based there, first at Whangaroa Harbour, later at Hokianga. The Tai Tokerau rohe (district) of Te Taha Maori is heir to this tradition but like churches throughout the country it now faces the challenge of finding relevance in contemporary society.

Marae base for Dargaville Maori Methodists
Situated between Nga Puhi tribes to the north and Ngati Whatua tribes to the south, Dargaville is a dynamic place in Maoridom. It was also the place early Methodist missionary Rev James Buller established a mission in the 1840s. Dargaville’s Taha Maori congregation lives with these legacies.

Family and faith support Bessie Manu on court
By Katie Riordan
Elizabeth Manu may not quite be a household name yet but she is on her way. Usually known as Bessie, this is one young woman with a huge future in New Zealand’s sporting scene.

Christians must create life on the margins
The 2005 school of theology for the Central South Island synod featured a two day workshop led by Rev Dr Clive Pearson. A Kiwi, Clive is vice-principal at the United Theological College in Sydney. His interests are in Christology, contextual theology, ecotheology, public theology, and ethics.

They worked behind the scenes
By Marcia Baker
Often in the Archives we receive requests for information about people, who, in their time, were very involved in the life of the Methodist Church. IThey were people who faithfully used their talents quietly and unobtrusively in the service of others. There were others who were leaders but also served in a similar manner.