The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

Postal address

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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July 2006

Dignified leader honoured
Methodist and Anglican clergy played a prominent role in celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the Maori Queen – Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangi Kaahu in May.

Evolution, not revolution on the set of Praise Be
By Julia Stuart
It is inevitable that television programmes change when the person in front of the camera changes. So faithful viewers of TVNZ’s long-running Sunday morning nod to God – Praise Be – may be feeling a little unsettled as Presbyterian minister Rev Chris Nichol takes over as host.

Hearing the word of God through deaf eyes
By Paul Titus
Although New Zealand Sign Language is now one of the country’s three official languages, Deaf people remain one of our most marginalised communities.

Restorative justice offers hope to victims and offenders
By Julia Stuart
Hear Chris Marshall speak, and you will begin to think God invented the idea of restorative justice. It is both seriously Biblical and profoundly Christian.

What is restorative justice?
Restorative justice is a form of criminal justice that attempts to repair the damage caused by crime, either materially or symbolically. That’s how the key 1995 government discussion paper that set the scene for recent developments summarizes it.

From hellion to healer – restorative justice coordinator knows prison from the inside
Jackie Katounas began offending at age 12 after her father committed suicide. By age 16 she was in maximum security prison, developed a heroin addiction and spent the next 20 years in and out of Australian prisons. Now Jackie’s life has turned around totally.

Christian journalists make a difference
Four young Christian men and women studying broadcasting at tertiary level received Scholarships last month from the Churches Broadcasting Commission (CBC).

Reflections on the stars in the season of Matariki
By Rev David Bell
It is winter, and the hard and bitter frosty nights open up views into the very heart of the universe. Scorpio rises to dominate the eastern sky, and the Southern Cross sings its silent song of triumph above a dimly comprehending planet. The Gospel is in the stars and the stars are running their courses.