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Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Christchurch 8053

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May 2007

Sexual health talking point for Pacific church leaders
By Paul Titus
Sexual health is always a prickly topic, especially so when people have very different views about sexuality. When the leaders of Methodist and Methodist-affiliated churches from around the South Pacific gathered in Auckland last month, they were well aware of their cultural and theological differences.

Fiji Methodists challenge legitimacy of military rule
In addition to HIV-AIDS, representatives who attended the Methodist Consultative Council of the Pacific (MCCP) discussed other concerns they have. Confronted with a military take over that has split their society, the Fijian delegates to MCCP discussed the ‘theology of coup’.

Churches seek political reconciliation in Tonga
Last November protestors frustrated at the lack of political reforms in Tonga took to the streets of the capital, Nuku’alofa. Rioters burned and looted shops and eight people were killed. The Free Wesleyan Church is part of a national forum of churches seeking reconciliation.

Grassroots, not government? Maxim Institute ponders social justice
By Julia Stuart
Opening the well-attended ‘Pursuing Social Justice in New Zealand’ forum in Auckland on March 30, Maxim Institute director Greg Fleming said we need to stop looking to government to provide what the community does better.

From crucifixion to resurrection in the Solomon Islands
By John Roberts
and Ecumenical Secretary
Holy Week in the Solomon Islands began with the traditional Palm Sunday observances. In the country’s western region United Church Bishop Rawlinson Zapo travelled to the island of Simbo to induct a new circuit superintendent minister.

Out of their comfort zones:
Mongrel Mob and Methodist families strengthen ties
By Paul Titus
Last year Wesley Community Action (WCA) agreed to work with the Notorious Chapter of the Mongrel Mob in its effort to move away from criminal activity and into the social mainstream. In March members of the Notorious Chapter and their families joined WCA staff and their families for a two day ‘whanau camp’ aimed at strengthening ties between the two groups.