Hororata Parish St John's Anglican Church

Under the Nor'west Arch

Event Calendar 2017

June 27th at the Coalgate Tavern 6-9pm

You are invited to a special evening of Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church

The Anglican Diocesan Synod in 2016 resolved to hold these conversations and Bishop Victoria invites all members of the Diocese to participate in one of them.  The desired outcome of the evenings is that we listen and seek to understand one another, respect that we may differ and recognise that where we stand can be difficult for other members of the Church. There is no intention to change yours or another person’s mind.

A group of facilitators have prepared to guide the events. The evening is structured. The Bishop’s intention is that people will listen and speak honestly and at depth in the Spirit of God.  We will open in prayer and hear from Bishop Victoria by video. We will meet to talk in groups of 4. Everyone will be invited to listen to others in the group; then invited in turn to speak uninterrupted, and then talk together.  Participants will consider their own experience/understanding of people in same-gender relationships, their Christian faith/ beliefs and their understanding of being Church.

The Anglican Church in other Dioceses in New Zealand has used this model of conversation. It is adapted from the Public Conversation model that has been helpful when people find themselves in polarised positions on difficult community issues.