GOD TALK

Views from the Pews: Something to think about

 

Among the joys of belonging to a thoughtful worshipping community are the weekly opportunities to learn more about our faith – mainly from the clergy, of course, but also from each other. Lots of people sitting in the pews week after week ponder the offerings put before us in the readings and the liturgy, and often have thoughts about them worth sharing. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, in law, medicine, science, music, arts, sociology, history – and, of course, many of them also read widely in theology. Given the opportunity, some are willing to share their ideas with the congregation.

 

To encourage that, we have begun offering a series of five-minute theological think-pieces, as regular contributions to the weekly pew sheets. The series started with a group of discussion ideas on the theology of creation from a scientist. Later items came from parishioners sharing other view points from their different experiences of life and faith as lawyers, linguists, administrators, soldiers and mothers.

 

In this endeavour we are following in the footsteps of the tangata whenua of the Waikato, who for centuries assembled on this hill to learn about and share the wisdom of their ancestors. Since then, people of other cultures have travelled to Aotearoa willing to share memories of the learning opportunities of other sacred places, ranging from the community assemblies of island peoples to the medieval cathedrals of Europe. The more we understand of each other’s experiences of faith in the real world, the more we can work together as members of the household of God.

  Kim King

Church Pew

Views from the Pews

Bible

Study

Booklets

AUGUST 2020

20. 8.30 Asking the right questions about Genesis One

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SEPTEMBER 2020

20. 9.6  What was God doing at the beginning of time

20. 9.13 Does science undermine the Biblical theology of creation 

20. 9.20 The Wisdom of Solomon

20. 9.27 How things are and which things matter

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OCTOBER 2020

20.10.4. St Francis and the wolf of Gubbio

20.10.11 Charles Darwin

20.10.18 Christians and Patriotism

20.10.25 How do we respond to the environmental crisis

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NOVEMBER 2020

20.11.1. Statues

20.11.15. A translator's_view on finding the right words

20.11.22 A translator's_view on changes in meaning

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DECEMBER 2020

20.12.13 A translator's view on naming God in Māori

20.12.27 A translator's_view on the Māori Magnificat

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JANUARY 2021

21.1.3 Origins of the Eucharist

21.1.10 Shape of the Liturgy Part 1

21.1.17 Shape of the Liturgy Part 2

21.1.24 Shape of the Liturgy Part 3

21.1.31 Liturgical Practices

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FEBRUARY 2021

21.2.7 Is the Eucharist a sacrifice

21.2.14 Preaching from the book of nature

21.2.21 The Blessings of Gratitude

21.2.28  How Christ's teaching exceeds nature

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MARCH 2021

21.3.7 Sea Chaplains

21.3.14 Biblical mothers

21.3.21 First and second things

21.3.28 Treasure in clay pots

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APRIL 2021

21.4.4 Living like a fish

21.4.11 The virus stole my Easter

21.4.18  A Tribute to Prince Philip

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MAY 2021

21.5.2 Witness of the women 3

21.5.9 Seeing and believing
21.5.16. Ascension

21.5.23 Why we name our festivals
21.5.30 Trinity 

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JUNE 2021

21.6.20 The 39 Articles Pt 1

21.6.27 The 39 Articles Pt 2