Sermons & Seminars

Today is the eve of Waitangi Day – the day New Zealand chooses to celebrate its nationhood.  Of course the day commemorates the signing of Te Tiriti O Waitangi between Governor Hobson, representing the Crown, and a number of Maori chiefs,...
Glynn Cardy
Prayer is individual and corporate, structured and unstructured, said and unsaid, thought and un-thought. A working definition [to paraphrase Maurice Shadbolt]: “There is only one reason to pray, and it is not to petition or to please.  It is, as it...
Glynn Cardy
This morning I want to introduce some of the thinking of one of the current foremost theologians in the Western world, Sarah Coakley.  Sarah has taught at Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, and is currently teaching at Cambridge.  To quote from our...
Glynn Cardy
My holiday began with a trip to Turangi to attend a wedding.  The venue was the old maternity hospital that had been handed back to the local iwi, who in turn have converted it into a wonderful centre of manaakitanga [hospitality].  A friend from...
Glynn Cardy 17th January 2017 John 2:1-11n weddings, abundance, metaphors and gestures
The twelve days of Christmas are over. The Christmas season ended on the 6 January. Traditionally all Christmas decorations and Christmas trees are by now removed. The 6 January, called Epiphany, is a significant Feast Day in the Church. For the...
Allan Davidson
I’ve been sick.  For days and days.  Random really. This sermon is a collection of random Yuletide thoughts. Yuletide being synonymous with the 12 days of Christmas, or Christmas-tide, which commences on Christmas Eve and concludes at Epiphany. But...
Glynn Cardy
As the year rushes towards the end there are numerous commentators talking about the best and worst of the year, the successes and the failures, of both individuals and governments.  While you might think this is a strange ritual to engage in – as...
Glynn Cardy
We know Christmas is coming because the pohutukawa are beginning to bloom, schools have finished or are finishing, and somewhat strange ‘seasonal’ decorations are adorning shopping precincts.  At our Remuera local shops the strange has appeared in...
Glynn Cardy
Today the Christian Church begins a new year.  And we begin it, like Mother Mary expectantly, fearfully with few certainties.  It begins with the colour purple – the colour of hope - when there are few signs of it.  Mary was poor, pregnant and...
Glynn Cardy on General Assembly
Victoria Safford has a poem called “The Gates of Hope”:   Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope— not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower. Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates...
Glynn Cardy on General Assembly
Memorialisation of the war dead was a significant way for New Zealand society to cope with the impact which war has had on our country and its people. From the huge Auckland War Memorial Museum, with its two Halls of Memories, to the lonely statue...
Allan Davidson on Remembrance Sunday
Violence comes in many forms.  It comes as unwanted physical contact - bruising and violating bodies, minds, identity, and self-confidence.  It comes as words, in looks, and in silence.  It comes disguised in practices and policies of exclusion and...
Glynn Cardy
The unique Lucan story of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector, is one of the more theatrical biblical tales.  On the one hand it is simply another illustration of the Jesus method of going to those on the margins and eating with them.  In this case...
Glynn Cardy
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in today’s Gospel reading is a compelling little tale of a man who believing he had everything in fact had nothing and another who, believing he had nothing in the eyes of God or neighbour, was open...
Keith Rowe
This sermon[i] is about what ultimately is beyond/beneath all talk, namely g-o-d, or god.  God with a capital ‘G’ is a proper noun, and god with a small ‘g’ is improper.  So this sermon is full of improper small ‘g’ ; something of a riddle really;...
Glynn Cardy
For many years my life was significantly influenced by a dog.  I didn’t go looking for a dog, he found me.  At the time I was a 23 year old community worker living in what was regarded as the worst state housing area in Auckland.  While my day job...
Glynn Cardy
Common Dreams 4 gathered last weekend in Brisbane – bringing together people from across the Australian states and New Zealand, and representatives from the Progressive Networks in England and the USA.
David McNabb & Pam Elgar
The Olympics – An Inside Story - Pam Elgar Many of you will know that I have been involved in Hockey and that David and I have recently got back from the Rio Olympics. David and I taking this service has come about because feedback to Angela and...
David McNabb & Pam Elgar
Faith and belief have long been used as synonyms in many people’s thinking.  The phrase ‘the Christian faith’ for some seems to be synonymous with belief in doctrines and creedal statements.  This leads to the idea that to be a Christian is to...
Glynn Cardy
1981. From deep in the canyoned aisles of the supermarket comes what sounds like a small-scale bus crash followed by an air raid.  If you follow the running employee armed with mop and broom you would come upon a young father, his 3 year old son, an...
Glynn Cardy

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