at the church and upstairs hall
These informal morning gatherings include devotions, morning tea and guest speakers which cover a large range of interesting and informative topics.
Guest Speaker – Clive Pearson
Topic ---‘Ballyhooing in public’
Late last year Clive presented an address to the Global Network of Public Theology in Curitiba, Brazil. Its theme was faith, climate change and cities, with particular reference to Sydney. That journey to Brazil began more than thirty years before in a congregational weekend camp in Hanmer Springs, 2 hours north-west of Christchurch. With Dean Drayton and William Emilsen Clive initiated a degree in public theology – that is, how do we draw upon the resources of the Christian faith to address contemporary concerns for the sake of the common good. In response to that call he has visited and worried about the future prospects of low-lying islands like Tuvalu, wondered how local churches might prepare for increases in heat and wondered about how the churches might have responded to public events like the Cronulla race riots. The title comes from a newspaper column by Peter FitzSimons who argued that Christian should not ‘ballyhoo’ their faith in public, but, rather ‘go tell it on the mountain with the volume turned down’.
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