Manaakitanga

The eternal way of living is big love and the eternal way of punishment (in need of rehabilitation) is that side of my nature that is entrenched in annoyance. What I allow to annoy me will  forever torment my sensibilities and firmly close the door to the spirit of Christ that knocks with the sound of Manaakitanga.

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Formation: Heavenly Creatures

Every single time the New Testament talks about the ‘future’ it is to challenge, inspire and enliven the way we are living in the present. This all has implications for our relationships, the work we do, for the art we create, the things we do that give order and shape to God’s creation in the present

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Whakapono: A Gospel of Inclusion

May you come to know that God is always speaking, God’s voice echoing in the cosmos; and revealed in the sacred stories of those who have gone before us. And may you see that the circulating flow of divine love in the Triune God, also lies at the heart of all things; for God is love.

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Whakapono: De/Re-Humanisation

The path to transformation starts with radical acceptance, an acceptance that leads to a profound re-humanisation of self and others. The story of the ‘gospel’ acknowledges that when we are unable to accept and forgive ourselves and one another, God names our acceptance, God names our forgiveness, and the Spirit of Christ enlivens us to experience transformation and renewal.

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Whakapono: Imago Dei

We were late-comers to the story and our imago dei has emerged from the soil of time, space and matter. Humans are not the pinnacle of creation but the result of the ground of matter evolving in a way that reflects the imaging of God. Humanity has its roots and beginnings in a very beautiful poem that suggest that all matter is ‘good’ and our imago dei is underpinned by that goodness.

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Whakapono: Spirit as source of life

The word for breath in Hebrew is ruach, which is feminine in its origin. The ancient Hebrews understood Spirit as the source – the breath of all life, giving life to all things, moving between and holding all things together and grounding all of life into one being, of which we are a part. 

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Whakapono: Jesus the Christ

The Jesus of the New Testament is a radical, disrupting and revolutionary presence. When they first used the phrase ‘Lord and Saviour’ to describe Jesus, they used it because that was the title reserved only for Caesar. It highlighted the provocative challenge to the empire that was embodied in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

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