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									  Dunedin Methodist Parish
Finding good in everyone Finding God in everyone




  Presbyters:            Rev. Stuart & Rev. Cornelia Grant           453 6762
  Parish Stewards:       Mr Neil Thompson                            489 5078
                         Dr Richard Cannon                           464 0564
                         Mrs Fay Richardson                          489 5485
  Tongan Steward:        Mr Palanite Taungapeau                      456 3144
  Parish Office:         Stuart: parish@dmm.org.nz                   466 4600
                         Cornelia: scch.grant@xtra.co.nz
                         Sarah: sarahc@dmm.org.nz

  We are at home on website http://www.dunedinmethodist.org.nz


                    PARISH BULLETIN
                       1 s t NOVEMBER 2009


          WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2009
    9.30am         Mornington                Y@M
    9.30 am        Mosgiel                   D Phillipps
   11.00 am        Glenaven                  Own Service
                                             Speaker – Kate Jarvis
   11.00 am        Wesley                    D Phillipps
    1.00pm         St Kilda                  S Finau
    6.00pm         Broad Bay                 No Service



              WESLEY WOMENS FELLOWSHIP
              The meeting of the Wesley Women’s Fellowship will be
              held in the Church Lounge, at 2.00pm on Thursday 5 th
              November 2009. The speaker will be Mrs Ruth Watson
              talking about her experiences as a Minister’s wife in
              Australia. Trading table. All welcome
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BREAK THROUGH SERIES – EXPLORING FAITH & LIFE
This evening, 7.00pm at St Paul’s Cathedral. Rev. Selwyn Yeoman. Is
anyone in charge here? Humanity in the care and crisis of Creation.


                           A Night at the Oscars
                  A night of fun and glamour for all ages.
                    Friday 13 November at Mornington.
                            6-7 pm: pot luck tea.
            7-9 pm: movie-themed activities and competitions.
                        ("The envelope, please...")
                Join us for our very own Academy Awards.
                          Wear something formal.
       Entries for the Best Short Film category should be provided
             on DVD and must be less than two minutes long



             STEADY AS YOU GO CLASSES
             Because of music exams in the Mornington Church there will
             be no classes for the next two weeks and we start again on
             Wednesday November 11th at 1pm. Anyone interested in
             taking part in a low impact exercise course for more mature
             people which meets every Wednesday from 1 - 2pm please
             ring Margaret or Brian Connor and we would be pleased to
             welcome you to our group.

MOSGIEL MWF
Tuesday 3rd November, 1.30pm in the Church. Come along and here
Wendy & Neil Thompson speak about their recent trip. All Church
members welcome.

MORNINGTON WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
The afternoon and evening groups’ combined end-of-year party will be
held in the church lounge on Monday 9 November at 7.45pm.
Multi-talented John Watson will entertain in his inimitable style with
dramatic readings. Please bring a small contribution for the party supper.
All welcome.
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DIVISION OF HUMANITIES – NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE &
CONFLICT STUDIES, OTAGO UNIVERSITY - Martyrs for Peace
Reverend Father John Dear S.J.. Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organiser,
Lecturer, Retreat leader, and author/editor of 20 books on peace and
nonviolence, including Living Peace. Nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace
Prize.
In this lecture Reverend Father John Dear will introduce some of the
individual leaders who have made a courageous lifetime vocational
commitment to promoting peace and justice. These people often paid for
their ideals with their lives and demonstrated positive non-violent
alternatives to violence.
Moot Court, 10th floor, Richardson Building Monday 2 November, 12 noon
to 1.30pm. ALL WELCOME.


                MWF TRAVEL FUND AFTERNOON
                    Saturday 14th November, 2.00pm
                         at Mornington Church
                        Theme: Ring In Creation
                           Cost: $5.00 each
               Each car load to bring dessert or party plate
                 Bring a small bell of any kind if possible
                        (leave Big Ben at home!)
                           Everyone Welcome


CHURCH CONFERENCE
The annual Methodist Conference meets in Christchurch from Friday 6 to
Wednesday 11 November.
The Dunedin Parish will be represented by Neil Thompson and Fay
Richardson, two of our Parish Stewards, together with our presbyters,
Cornelia and Stuart Grant.
Laura Black will be representing the Dunedin Methodist Mission. Please
remember them, and the Conference, in your prayers. David Poultney,
formerly of Glenaven, now in his first appointment at Hamilton, is to be
ordained on Sunday, 8 November. We rejoice with him on this important
milestone in his life.
The Rev. Alan Upson will be inducted as President on Saturday 7 th
November, and Ms Lana Lazarus as Vice President.
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PARISH COUNCIL meets on Wednesday, 18 November, 7.30pm at
Mosgiel.


ANGLICAN FOOD BANK
The foodbank has asked for cans of fruit 425gm &
under, also Pasta Packs 500gm or less. There is a
desperate shortage of these items, so donors may choose
to change their usual purchase in favour of these products
for which the foodbank would be particularly grateful. They
thank you for all your gifts of course.



              MORNINGTON TOY & GAMES LIBRARY’S ANNUAL
              TRUFFLES FUNDRAISER.
              Yes, it is that time of year again. Christmas is fast
              approaching, so stock your cupboards now for all those
              “plates” you need to take to functions, small thank-you gifts
for friends, and delicious treats for the holidays. For $5.00 a dozen, there’s
no need to be “caught out”- these chocolate truffles freeze beautifully, and
are just as good to eat frozen as they are fresh. Call Rebecca Neaves,
488-4372, if you’d like to place an order.
Orders need to be in by Nov. 7 – truffles will be delivered at church on
Nov. 22. Thanks.




WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY:
At Mornington – The Y@M Group, led by Ginny Kitchingman, will present
a service themed on the life and ministry of John Wesley.

At Glenaven - Kate Jarvis will speak on her experiences in Israel. She
writes:
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"In June this year, I presented a research paper at a conference in
Bethlehem, Palestine. Eager to explore aspects of Israel that included
connecting with biblical names I had heard since I was a child, I extended
spending time in this part of the world to five weeks. Included in
this solitary exploration was an ascent of Mt Sinai, accomplishing Day One
of the 'Jesus Trail' from Nazareth to Cana and mingling with distinctly
different religious people in various situations. I intend enriching my stories
with the sense I made of experiences I sought out and situations I faced".




A Day in the Life

                                   This was my last day in the UK, after
                                   three weeks in West Byfleet, where I’d
                                   travelled at short notice to be
                                   companion-in-arms (legs, actually) to
                                   my 46-year-old niece. After two foot-
                                   operations M was unable to do the
ordinary things required of a working mother of three children and
stepmother of one. The children moving between parental homes
reminded me of the time I shared custody of twins in the 1980s, running
my household with the aid of M and her brother, then students at Victoria
University, where I was also employed.

 6.45am Woken by the gardeners’ truck rolling up in the semi-dark. There’s
cup-tinkling as M makes coffee. This is remarkable, because (a) she’s
standing at the bench like a normal person, and (b) she’s found the only
remaining teaspoon.

7.45am Last sit-together breakfast feels a bit sad. I eat blackberries,
marvelling at M’s ability to get fruit into her children’s mouths, in the
presence of “cereals” containing 40% sugar and bright lolly-dyes.
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8.15am Drive the children to Woking schools, the elder two to high school
(St John the Baptist), where most kids look as if they’re disowning their
parents even as they’re getting out of the car…These ones don’t. F kisses
me twice, even though he’s a boy. I drop the youngest at St Dunstan’s; she
flashes a smile, minus a tooth as yet unpaid-for.

8.45am Carry on down to G’s house to photograph the lovely rust-coloured
hydrangea at her door. My knock isn’t answered. (I wanted to apologize for
causing a fracas the previous evening, parking in the wrong drive.)
Negotiate one last time the holes along White Rose Lane, marked by
barriers and traffic cones. Half Woking’s been dug up for repair of gas-
mains. There’s less road rage/irritation than at home, however, with far
more cars.

9.00am Last visit to Woking Hospice, where M’s husband died last year,
and where I photograph the autumn leaves. In the midst of life, we are in
death (Purcell, sung in Cathedral Choir). The reverse may also be true.

9.15am Take the back road home through Pyrford, photographing two
twelfth-century churches. The first, St Nicholas, bears signs of life: a light
over the door and someone to highlight Elizabethan pews, a Jacobean
pulpit, wall-drawings made by sword-points. (The time of Shakespeare
was, like most, a time of wars.) The second, a Grade 1 Ancient Monument,
is in ruins: an Augustinian Priory bombed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution of
the (Catholic) Monasteries. Just this week the Pope declares Anglican
clergy welcome to become Catholics – if (the background reason) they
won’t accept women bishops. Most want a united church, but not on these
ingratiating terms.

9.45am Drive M (wearing boots!) to station for her day of meetings, and
take some down-time – wrapping presents -- before myself catching slow
train to Waterloo.

12 noon Coffee overlooking the concourse, with map-reading, before
taking the Underground to Charing Cross – named for a medieval cross. (I
can’t help noticing; the medieval period was my favourite in my B.Theol.)
Catch a 91 bus via Aldwych, spotting the Duchess Theatre where I’m
going at 3. Through Kingsway where John’s daughter A used to walk down
(early) on Sundays to her organ job at St Martin-in-the-Fields…Stop in
Woburn Place, near the spot where a bus was blown up in the July 05
bombings. A friend’s niece was killed there.
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1.30pm Lunch with a friend from the Energy Institute of University College,
London (carbon-reduction in buildings: www.carb.org.uk): he reveals he’s
one of the 52% of NZers who prays every night. You could have knocked
me over with an emissions trading scheme. He’s recently met M at a
colleague’s birthday, liking that they’d both come from Alexandra, and
been to Dunstan High. (Yes, there goes the medieval St Dunstan again.)

5.00pm After relishing, in Beckett’s Endgame, Mark Rylance as Hamm (a
part my husband has played), I wander westward through Covent Garden,
visiting a beautiful Wren Church lit by chandeliers and some street theatre
(quite mad).

7.30pm M and I are enthralled by Lenny Henry as Othello: comic turned
tragedian, and successfully; the energy and the poetry remind me why I
chose Shakespeare for my PhD, and why I remember the Shakespeare
teaching of one Colin Gibson…

11.00pm We read the papers in the train, too tired to talk. I’m on my way
home the next day.

                                            - Helen Watson White
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         IS THERE SUCH A THING AS SPIRITUAL BOREDOM?

First, let's offer a reasonable definition of the term "Spiritual." Br.Wayne
Teasdale suggests that "Spirituality, in its most basic sense, originates
from an inner movement of the heart, with the assistance of the mind, and
affecting the total consciousness of the individual." I like this.

Other possibilities might include:
"The human experiential side of religion."
"The human quest for fulfilment."
"What is it to be a person?"
"The call or drive to individuation."

It has been suggested that just everything can potentially have "a
spirituality": Work. Sport. Music forms. Music making. Art forms. Family
life. Gangs! Ecology. Social causes and issues. Sexual life. Married life.
Single life.

It follows, I think, that to the extent that one more of these is palling or
failing for us as individuals, then we are almost certainly also experiencing
"spiritual boredom." Religion, as such, may or may not be involved.

Clearly, my use of the term "spiritual" is on a much wider canvas than can
be covered by the word "religion." This need for a wider canvas is widely
recognised today - including in the academic world.
In this connection, though, I was shocked to read in a New Zealand
Anglican publication that one priest went through his whole seminary
education without once hearing the word "spiritual" in a lecture!

I submit that one possible cause of spiritual boredom, where the person is
involved with some movement, group, tradition (maybe a religion), is
getting all "thingy"...obsessive, scrupulous.

In this regard, one of the main things that attracts me to Mornington
Methodist church is the absence (so far as I can see) of obsessiveness
and scrupulosity.

Aelred Edmunds

								
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