Culturally Diverse Christian Communities: Impact and Implications

Culturally Diverse Christian Communities: Impact and Implications

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Laidlaw College and Missions Interlink (NZ) invite you to attend a conversation around Culturally Diverse Christian Communities: Impact and Implications on Friday 5 July, 10 am – 3 pm, at our Henderson campus.

Presentations in the morning will be followed by a panel discussion after a light lunch.

The keynote topics will be:

World Christianity as Multicultural Community 
Dr Sebastian Kim

So the World Will Know: Cultural Diversity & Mission
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Panel Speakers:

Dr Sebastian Kim

Dr Jay Matenga

Rev Dr Hyeeun Kim

Dr Terry Pouono

Yukiko Wakui-Khaw

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Speaker bios

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Dr Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim is a world leader in the research of public theology, world Christianity, theology and peace building, and Asian expressions of faith. He is Professor of Theology and Public Life and Assistant Provost for the Korean Studies Center at Fuller Theological Seminary. Before joining the Fuller faculty in 2017, Dr Kim held the chair in Theology and Public Life at York St John University in the UK for 12 years. He has taught world Christianity at the University of Cambridge and at the Union Biblical Seminary in India.

Dr Kim is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and former Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology. He has authored four books: A History of Korean Christianity (CUP, 2015), Theology in the Public Sphere (SCM, 2011), In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (OUP, 2005), and Christianity as a World Religion (2008 & 2016). Books he has edited include A Companion to Public Theology (Brill, 2017), Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2014); and Christian Theology in Asia (CUP, 2008).

He is married to Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity in Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. They are the proud parents of two grown children.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”39724″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]

Dr Jay Matenga

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Jay Matenga is the Director of Missions Interlink (NZ), the association of missions passionate organisations and individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand, and an Associate Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, the global association of missions alliances, networks, movements and organisations.

Over 25 years involvement in the global missions scene, Jay has been exposed to a wide variety of expressions of faith in Christ and that has led him more recently back to his indigenous roots. Jay enjoys Maori heritage from his father’s line, connecting him with Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Kai Tahu, and Ngati Porou iwi.

Jay’s awareness of his genetic hybridity developed alongside his missions experience, collaborating with Industrial (Western/Individualist) and Indigenous (Majority World/Collectivist) Christians. In these interactions he often found himself bridging understanding between the two groups. This led to his doctoral research, seeking a way to harmonize these two great value-domains in culturally diverse groups of Christ-followers—whether in missions, ministries or churches. He believes the way forward can be found in a mutual commitment to what he calls, “intercultural growth”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Public Lecture with Canon Andrew White

Public Lecture with Canon Andrew White


Public Lecture with Canon Andrew White

Canon Andrew White will be speaking on the topic The Christian response to terrorism and how we respond theologically at Laidlaw College’s Henderson Campus on Tuesday 6 November, 7.30 pm.

Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his internationally recognised relief and reconciliation work in Iraq and the Middle East. Since ordination, Andrew has had an extensive role in the work of reconciliation, bringing together Muslims and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians, Shia and Sunni – all of which have carried huge risks.

Until November 2014, Canon Andrew White pastored one of the largest churches in Iraq – St George’s Church in Baghdad – a position which afforded him the moniker ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’. Sadly, recent events in Iraq have made it very difficult for him to travel there.

Andrew White’s story is of a man who is unswervingly dedicated to the cause of reconciliation, despite his own personal struggles and sorrows (he suffers from MS and ME and is currently undergoing innovative stem cell treatment).

Andrew’s current ministry is Jerusalem MERIT (Middle East Reconciliation International), dedicated to supporting the Iraqi refugee community in Jordan and to finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in the Middle East, promoting peace and reconciliation.[/vc_column_text]


Whakawhiti korero:

Whakawhiti korero:

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The incarnation suggests that God in Christ is committed to human flourishing. This compels us also to be devoted to the wellbeing of people. 

Laidlaw College is proud to announce the two-day conference: Whakawhiti Korero: Conversations between theology and social vocation, with keynote speakers Professor Mark Brett (Whitley College, Melbourne), and Dr Siautu Alefaio (Massey University, Aotearoa – New Zealand).

Here at Laidlaw College we believe that a strong theological vision sustains the exercise of social vocation (including fields such as social work, counselling, teaching and nursing) and in turn is enhanced by the concerns of social vocation. Faith and theology can hold a significant place in the lives of those whose vocation is strongly connected with people, families and communities. The Schools of Theology and Social Practice within Laidlaw College are therefore deeply interested in the integration of theology and social vocation, and believe that the practices of theology and of social vocation need each other.

The purpose of this symposium is to create a conversation between these two realms of thought and practice, the better to appreciate how they might shape and inform each other.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

DAY 1:

(Registration: 8:20 am – 9 am)
9 am until 5:30 pm
Keynote speaker: Professor Mark Brett[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”29815″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Professor Mark Brett teaches Hebrew Bible and ethics at Whitley College in Melbourne, within the University of Divinity. He grew up in Papua New Guinea, which led to a lifelong interest in the cultural contexts of education and theology.

His research has focused on ethnicity and postcolonial studies, and among many other works, he is the author of Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire (2008), Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World (2016), editor of Ethnicity and the Bible (1996), and co-editor of Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Theologies: Storyweaving in the Asia-Pacific (2014).

During 2005–2008, he also worked with Traditional Aboriginal Owners to develop new frameworks for the negotiation of native title claims within the state of Victoria.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]MONDAY EVENING (01 October) 
(Registration: 6pm until 6:30pm)
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DAY 2:

(Registration: 8:30am until 9:15am)
9:15am until 5pm
Keynote speaker: Dr Siautu Alefaio[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”29813″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Dr Siautu Alefaio is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Massey University and International Fellow of the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI2) – Watson Institute, Brown University. She is the first woman of Samoan and Pacific descent to become an Educational psychologist.

Trained in Educational psychology Siautu is an experienced psychologist practitioner who has worked across various applied psychology contexts in education, health, social services, community, family violence-prevention, forensic rehabilitation and disaster humanitarian response across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

She is Founding-Director of New IndigenoUs-innovation of Pacific Humanitarians (NIUPacH), a virtual research collective based in Oceania focused on improving the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, risk resilience and management, humanitarian response, and post-emergency reconstruction. Understanding that traditional psychology does not inevitably reflect indigenous cultures has been well documented.

Siautu’s work pioneers a new way forward in psychology that encompasses experiences, values and beliefs of Oceania for reforming psychology. Her research expertise draws on extensive applied psychology experiences to develop a NIU (New Indigenous Understandings) psychological research platform for re-informing psychological theory and practice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Please join us for what we hope will be challenging and inspiring conversations.


Warm regards,

Tim Meadowcroft, School of Theology and Lisa Spriggens, School of Social Practice[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”Register NOW” shape=”round” color=”success” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Prophetic Reset across the Pacific

Prophetic Reset across the Pacific

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”29420″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Cindy Donaldson Is a passionate preacher of the word and moves powerfully in the prophetic. Her leadership in women’s ministry has impacted many lives Cindy was born & raised in Tonga. She lives on the Gold Coast of Australia & has 4 sons plus 12 Grandchildren, her life message will inspire you.

She has just returned from the Women on the Frontlines (WOFL) Conference in Fiji and will be heading to WOFL Tonga and American Samoa. Visiting New Zealand, I have invited Cindy to share about the ‘prophetic reset’ of what God is doing in and throughout the Pacific region and New Zealand.

If you have a heart for the prophetic, women leadership, Pacific Nations and New Zealand, we look forward to seeing you.

Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau
FACENORTH[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1533323142077{background-color: rgba(30,115,190,0.2) !important;*background-color: rgb(30,115,190) !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_cta h2=”For catering purposes registration is required” h4=”Donation/Koha appreciated” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Register NOW” btn_shape=”round” btn_color=”danger” add_icon=”left” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-envelope” i_on_border=”true” btn_link=”|||” css=”.vc_custom_1533323252548{background-color: rgba(221,51,51,0.21) !important;*background-color: rgb(221,51,51) !important;}”][/vc_cta][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]11.00am[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Arrive, fellowship
Light lunch provided[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]12.00pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Introductions[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]12.15pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Prayer & Worship Band[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]1.00pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Testimony Speakers[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]1.30pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Cindy Donaldson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]2.30pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Ministry time & prayer[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_column_text]3.30pm[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Afternoon tea fellowship[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Gospel and Treaty Conversations Hui

Gospel and Treaty Conversations Hui

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Nau Mai, Harere mai

Gospel and Treaty Conversations

working together, mahi tahi

Friday evening, 9 October and morning-afternoon, 10 October 2015

Laidlaw College – Wananga Te Amorangi
80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland

All welcome

click here to download a brochure

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This seminar is an opportunity for people of faith to consider the links between the Gospel and the Treaty, and the conversations of respect and mutual enrichment this invites us to. Christians were closely involved in the signing of the Treaty and have, therefore, a special role of guardianship for the Treaty relationship. This gathering follows last year’s hui on the Gospel and the Treaty, which recognised the bicentenary of the Gospel coming to Aotearoa New Zealand and the fact that 2015 is the 175 year anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Guest speakers include: Manuka Henare, Hana Seddon, Matua Hakiaha, David Moko, Stuart Lange, Wendy Fowler, Rod Thompson, Moeawa Callaghan

This is an Advance Notice of this important seminar. Everyone who comes will have a contribution to make. Please put the date in your diaries! Detailed notices and registration forms will be circulated in July.

Manaakitia mai te Kaupapa


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