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March 2010


Missionaries’ role in Treaty of Waitangi highlighted
By Paul Titus
Methodist Church leaders and students from Trinity Theological College were among the group of more than 500 people who attended the 170th anniversary commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which took place at Mangungu Mission in the Hokianga on February 12th. The day-long event at marked the largest single Treaty signing anywhere in New Zealand. Sixty-nine rangatira signed the document at Mangungu on February 12th, 1840. Organisers say the commemoration was the culmination of several events held over five days, including a hikoi from the Bay of Islands. Read more ......

Pressure mounts on Fijian Methodists
By Paul Titus
Methodist and affiliated churches around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the situation facing the Methodist Church of Fiji. Fijian Methodists continue to seek dialogue with the interim government of Commodore Frank Banimarama but the authorities have increased pressure on the Church by restricting more of its activities and bringing more of its leaders before the courts. Read more ......

British Methodist Church to join Anglicans?
Despite some press reports to the contrary, the British Methodist Church is not set to join the Church of England and go out of existence. On February 11th British Methodist Conference president Rev David Gamble and vice-president Dr Richard Vautrey addressed the Church of England’s General Synod. During their talk they reconfirmed the Methodist Church's loyalty to the covenant it shares with the Church of England. Read more .......

Churches say don’t scrap youth offenders programme
Church leaders want the government to reconsider its decision to close a successful youth offenders’ programme because it is too expensive. Anglican bishop Rev David Moxon, Catholic bishop Rev Denis Browne and Methodist superintendent for Waikato-Waiariki Rev Susan Thompson are among those who have called for the Te Hurihanga youth justice facility in Hamilton to remain open. Read more ......

Trinity College revamps ministry training
A week-long trip to Northland where they were immersed in the origins of Methodism in New Zealand the Church’s bi-cultural journey is one of the first tastes students have had of the new style of teaching Trinity Theological College has embarked upon. Rather than traditional residential programmes in which students live in Auckland and attend courses at Trinity College and/or Auckland University, teaching will now be done through week-long block courses. Students enrolled at the College are placed in a parish near their home for training and they gather in Auckland once a month for block courses. Read more ......

In the footsteps of missionaries – Wesleyan spirit alive in Papua New Guinea highlands
Two daughters of Rev Cliff Keightley were on hand to mark the 50th anniversary of his arrival in the Nipa in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to set up a Methodist mission. Read more ........

Blenheim Foundry to forge community ties

Sunday February 21st was a special day for Wesley Parish in Blenheim with the dedication and blessing of ‘The Foundry’, its new hall and community centre. The Foundry is a name steeped in early Methodist history. Read more .......

Good Cents provides change to tackle debt
Completing Wesley Community Action’s Good Cents programme has had many benefits for ‘Kay’. The IRD has reassessed her $2,000 debt to them, she has managed to repay debts to two loan companies that were costing her $110 per week, and above all she has regained confidence in herself. Read more ......

Churches face up to Philippines poverty
By Cory Miller

Poverty is endemic throughout the Philippines. A source of hope amidst the worsening situation there is the National Council of Churches of the Philippines (NCCP). For more than six decades the NCCP has acted as a channel for united witness and common action. The group was created in 1963, called by the faith and vision of their various churches to become an ecumenical fellowship. Since then it has been a vehicle for the churches to advocate for justice, peace and for the dignity of human life.
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The 1910 World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh paved the way for the modern ecumenical movement.
It’s centenary will be marked in June.