Thinking Anglicans

New Zealand General Synod

The meeting of the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has come to an end. We have already linked to reports of Monday’s debate on the Anglican Covenant, and some other business. Here for the record are reports of the remaining business.

Thursday
Major reform for St John’s College
Synod votes to take action on Te Aute
Talking and tackling poverty
Educational milestone for Pasefika

Wednesday
Social justice comes under scrutiny
“Give us your best” – the mission challenge
Winston Halapua becomes our third Archbishop
Commission to look into resource sharing

Tuesday
Environment in the spotlight
An end to “hair curling” questions?
Synod to lobby Govt on family care
Journey over for Waikato and Taranaki
Synod seeks cuts in liquor advertising

Monday
Concern over growth of Sunday options

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Anyone who bothers to log in to this excellent web-site – provided by the magazine ‘Taonga’ – giving news of the just-completed General Synod of our Anglican Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Pacifica, will note that the struggle to maintain ‘The Unity of the Spirit in the bonds of Love’ between our 3 Tikanga (customary traditions) has been sometimes tough, but in the end eminently worth-while. We have already faced the problems involved in the need to accommodate 3 different and distinctive ethnic cultures (Pakeha-European, Maori & Pacific Islands traditions) within one Province of our Anglican Communion – an ongoing… Read more »

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Thank you Fr Ron. That is how many of us feel in the UK, especiaqlly Scotland for the same reasons.
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I think that Bishop Winston is a great addition to your shared primacy in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Pacific. One day perhaps +Winston’s voice and wisdom will be heard at Primates Meeting. He will assuredly extend a hand of peace and true Christianity to the primates of the Global South, but he will vehemently oppose their unchristian homophobia towards GLBT folks. He is a Doctor of Sociology. A dangerous breed, that lot, especially as clergy who hold great responsibility!

He contributed an excellent chapter about GLBT folks in Oceania, skip to chapter three.
http://books.google.com/books?id=9-PaYpe0QsgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=other+voices+other+worlds&source=bl&ots=U9LSiCYOc1&sig=2jpsjM5YBE_mxKLYAj11V9I1tvg&hl=en&ei=sN_tS9_gC9bWlAfD5eWeDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Thank you, Dahveed, for putting us onto this web-site (quoted by David on Saturday 15May), which clearly informs us of more recent research into the problems of the absorption of Western colonising cultures which tried to bury Pacific Island understandings of the gift of sexuality – including homosexuality – which were extant before the arrival of the missionaries. Bishop (recently elected Archbishop) Winston Halapua who has been newly-elected head of the Diocese of Polynesia, and co-presiding Archbishop of the 3-Tikanga Anglican Church of NZ/Aotearoa and Pacifica, is a Doctor of Sociology who knows something of Polynesian Customs and has studied… Read more »