Robyn's Ramblings

Farewell to Inspiring Church Friends

Grace and peace to you all in the name of Christ.  Kia tau ki a koutou katoa te aroha noa, me te rangimārie, i runga i te ingoa o te Karaiti. 
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Activism in the Long View

A few weeks ago Mike Smith, a local to Whangaroa but more often heard about around Auckland, was at the Taiwhenua Hui of the Whangaroa hapū putting their stories to the Waitangi Tribunal held at the Kaeo Rugby Club.  

(Taiwhenua Hui are meetings involving whanau, and supporters, working together to gather history and present it in a way that addresses concerns to make a better future for whanau and hapū.)  

Mike Smith is probably known to you as a protester, including the infamous chopping down of the tree on One Tree Hill.  

All Things Bright and Beautiful

When I set up the computer at Kaeo on Sundays, the congregation are sitting waiting and it's difficult when there are things I'm not planning for them to see.  It happened recently for the sound file for Simple Gifts, the Shaker Song.  It was a video by Jewel, which ran during the service with a blank screen.  Setting it up meant showing the picture on the video file – the singer wearing a rather low cut garment.  As I tried to be speedy in case the sight was not pleasing to the gathered community of faith, Michael piped up: “All things bright and beautiful”.

I'm OK because we are all OK

"I'm OK because you're not OK."

That's what I reckon I've been hearing from certain big voices in the news.    Or in the less blunt form: "We're OK because they are not OK."

It's being expressed in group terms, us versus them.   This collection of "I" individuals over against that lot out there, other than us, beyond the pale.  They are different kinds of people.  They belong somewhere else, not in our place.  They behave badly, against the principles of our who we are.  They are a threat to our security and our identity. 

Being in St John

Why are you here?

I can tell you it's a question I ask when it comes to awards, being recipient thereof.   No fuss please.   Just let me get on with doing the mahi.

And yet we're here.   Those being recognised, good on you.    Those in support, good on you for being here and for your support.  

We're here also to take a moment too to reaffirm what we're on about together, together as St John.

For the real question is: what motivated you, what motivated us, to get involved in the first place?  And what motivates you to keep being involved?