WIT Newsletter on Mental Health
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology is now available below.
WIT Newsletter July 2016 pdf
WIT Newsletter on Climate Change
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology is now available below, and is on our Diocesan theme of Climate Change.
WIT Newsletter April 2016 pdf
WIT Newsletter on Biculturalism
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology is now available below, and is on our Diocesan theme of Biculturalism. In it, WIT presents a number of perspectives – historical, biblical, and experiential – that will be of use to the Diocesan whanau.
WIT Newsletter September 2015 pdf
WIT Newsletter on Child Poverty
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology, which focuses on our diocesan theme of Child Poverty, is now available. The articles in this issue will resource parishes in their understanding of child poverty in this country, and what we – as Anglicans in the diocese of Wellington – can do to help.
WIT Newsletter July 2015 pdf
WIT Newsletter on Biculturalism
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT) is now available. This issue is on the them of Biculturalism.
WIT Newsletter December 2014 pdf
Child Poverty Newsletter
The latest newsletter from the Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT) is now available. This issue is on the theme of Child Poverty, and supports our Diocesan focus on this important matter. It's release now, mid-way between the Child Poverty Forum at the Cathedral and the General Election, is intended to keep this topic foremost in people's minds; as Parishes and other Mission Units work together to find ways to make a difference.
WIT Newsletter on Discipleship
'Disciples' are those who learn from and follow Jesus. This year our diocese, in choosing Discipleship as one of our three themes, is inviting us to think more about how we do this – about how we, as individuals and as members of a community, allow Jesus to teach us and to show us how to follow him. By journeying together into this theme we can learn from each other, see what's working well elsewhere, help each other to follow Jesus better.
WIT Newsletter June 2014 pdf (1.6MB)
WIT Newsletter on Marsden Bicentenary
The first Wellington Institute of Theology newsletter for 2014 is now available, and deals with the Marsden Bicentenary – the 200th anniversary of the proclamation of the Christian gospel in New Zealand on Christmas Day 1814. The newsletter looks back to that event, and forward to its impact on this country and how we can engage with the 'good news of great joy'. WIT's newsletter programme for 2014 will include issues on Discipleship, Biculturalism and Child Poverty.
WIT newsletter March 2014 pdf (1MB)
WIT Newsletter on Crime and Punishment
I can remember when my daughters would point excitedly at the television whenever there was a story about Mt Eden and call out 'that's Mummy's prison!' I was fortunate to spend about three months there on placement for my Clinical Pastoral Education course while at St John's, working in both the men's and the women's divisions. That experience of caring for inmates is one I share with several of my clergy colleagues, and it's one that has shaped part of my ministry. I still think back to some of the conversations I had.... read more...
WIT newsletter October 2013 pdf file (1.7MB)WIT Newsletter on The Living Wage
From the Director and Canon Theologian
As some of us will remember, at Synod last year we expressed our concerns about the rising inequality between rich and poor in this country. A recent book, Inequality: a New Zealand Crisis (2013, edited by Max Rashbrooke with contributions from a range of people) gives some concrete data about the growing divide within our society.
One of the contributors, Karlo Mila, has this to say: 'Inequality means watching people close to you – extended family, community networks, neighbours and friends – who are persistently struggling, in challenging circumstances, to try to maintain their dignity, to keep their households afloat, to do their best for their children and to make good decisions by weighing up the constrained range of choices on offer to them.' (p94)
Does this feel familiar? Want to do something about it?
Our diocese is currently inviting parishes to engage with this issue by adopting the Living Wage Campaign. It's an aspirational – and yet practical – .... read more...
WIT newsletter July 2013 pdf file (1.5MB)
WIT Newsletter on Sexuality - 2
Follow the link below for a copy of the Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT) newsletter which examines a range of perspectives on human sexuality. This follows WIT's newsletter on marriage from September 2012, and is offered to support the Diocese's reflections on a number of sexuality-related issues.
WIT newsletter March 2013 pdf file (1MB)
WIT Newsletter on Sexuality - 1
Follow the link below for a copy of the latest Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT) newsletter which examines a range of perspectives on human sexuality. This is the first of WIT's newsletters on marriage, and is offered to support the Diocese's reflections on a number of sexuality-related issues.
WIT newsletter September 2012 pdf file (300kb)
More Theologians Who Have Changed Our Lives.
This issue (a companion to our May 2012 newsletter) features a number of female writers.
WIT newsletter Jul 12 pdf (730 kb)
Theologians who have changed our lives.
Get to know anyone and you'll find a story. Get to know anyone with an interest in God and you'll
frequently find part of their story involves a book. In this WIT Newsletter, we asked people to write
about some of the theologians who touched their lives. What emerged was a rich diversity of writers
spanning the centuries, from Augustine of Hippo through to CS Lewis, James K Baxter and Jack
Spong. A fascinating collection – if you could get them all together in one room,...
God and Sport
Sport is such an important area of many people's lives, but we don't often think about it and God in the same
breath – or to put it another way: we don't tend to think theologically about sport. I believe we can and
should learn to think theologically about everything. WIT here presents some brief reflections to give us
something to ponder while we watch (or maybe don't watch) the Rugby World Cup.
Some sporting activities are for individuals, others are for teams. Bishop Tom (our player/coach?) reflects on
the community aspects of rugby, on and off the field. Winton Davies wonders where God fits in to sport and
reminds us of the athletic metaphors used by St Paul....
Newsletter - September 2011 (789 kB)
Community is central to the Church. "We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another", as Paul reminded the Christians in Rome. It is simply not possible to be a Christian on one's own: even those who are, by calling or by circumstance, living a solitary life are still members of a community, a community which includes those who live in other places and other times. When we meet for Eucharist on Sundays the service begins with 'The Gathering of the Community' as the people.....
Newsletter - July 2011 PDF (98kB)
Real Life Theology (theology for the 21st Century)
There's a false belief out there that theology is some strange esoteric subject far removed from the practicalities of daily life....most people live through most of their days without reflecting theologically very much at all. Do they think God is not interested in our daily existence? Or are they content to move from one emotion to another, preferring to 'feel' about rather than think about God?
Newsletter - August 2010 PDF (98kB)
Wholeness and Healing
It only takes a brief glance at a newspaper to remind us that sickness, disease and fragmentation are all around us: what can our faith offer in the face of all this?
Newsletter - March 2010 PDF (247kB)
God and Money
So what does God think about money? What should our attitude as Christians be to wealth, money, credit and debt? What's really important here, as our country and our world face a recession?
Newsletter - September 2009 PDF (1951KB)
Science, Theology and Creation
How things happen as they do represents a fascinating series of puzzles, the solution of which has occupied the minds of many over several millennia. But while not even physics can tell me why things happened, theology might come closer to reaching an answer to some of my why questions.
Newsletter - May 2009 PDF (539kB)