Archbishop challenges delegates
General Conference in Napier is challenged by Archbishop Brown Turei to practise God’s radical hospitality and manaakitanga.
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Waiapu Anglicans welcomed Māori and Pākehā delegates to Napier in a powhiri for today’s General Conference.
The focus of the two-tikanga conversation was new directions for resource-sharing in ministry across Aotearoa New Zealand.
The General Conference opened with a challenge from Archbishop Brown Turei for both Māori and Pākehā to practise God’s radical hospitality and manaakitanga with one another.
“God’s hospitality knows no limits and plays no favourites,” he said. “God’s hospitality is fearless and tireless.
“There have been times in our past when manaakitanga and hospitality has been abused. We have not always lived up to the example set by our forebears, let alone the example of Christ.
“That’s what makes God’s manaakitanga so compelling. Even though we are unworthy, God keeps extending the invitation.”
Archbishop Philip Richardson followed with a call to recognise that being Anglican in Aotearoa New Zealand makes sense in the light of who we are in Christ here and now.
Three things, he said, bind us together: Gospel, Treaty and Constitution – Te Rongopai, Te Tiriti, Te Pouhere.
“They bind us in a way that means we cannot let each other go.
“They bind us in a way that means that we must seek each other’s good.
“They bind us in a way that means that when one part of this body is suffering or unable to live out their potential, then we are all weakened and diminished.”
After General Conference winds up this evening, Taonga will bring you snippets from the day’s conversations.
(Report from ‘Anglican Taonga’)
Today, Sunday 8 May, 2016 when the Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus, our Church in Aotearoa/New Zeal;and and the Pacific Islands meets in General Synod. No doubt the challenge of the Maori Tikanga Archbishop, Brown Turei, (one of three Tikanga Archbishops in Synod) will exercise the hearts and minds of all gathered to represent the clergy and people of the Anglican dioceses here in the South Pacific.
The call to radical hospitality needs to be heeded – especially in a Church which incorporates voices from all three cultures and traditions of our Church. May the Holy Spirit hover over and bless this General Synod with all the grace it will need. Amen.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand