A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because … Continue reading A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I've been reflecting recently on how the language of "mission" (so often used in the Christian community in the context of helping the "less fortunate") feeds into the colonial narrative of White Savourism. It seems to me that it feeds this idea that "we" - church, community, … Continue reading A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I got a lot of liberal and progressive friends (and I love ye'all) 👊 but, when i hear voices from the white progressive space who name Christianity as no more than a tool of white supremacy and white Imperialism, I hear white supremacy and the erasure of … Continue reading A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Genesis 17 "... I will give the entire land to you.... where you now live as a foreigner.... it will be (your descendants) special possession..." It's hard not to read about land in Aotearoa and not reflect on how our ancestors have fought and contested over the whenua. My ancestors read these texts and … Continue reading Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

A few months ago I was speaking with a friend who - though is not someone who identifies as a Christian herself - loved the liberating message within Jesus' teachings. She spoke about her early memories of being in church as a child and hearing about this Jesus who spoke about giving to the poor, … Continue reading Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

Reflection 33: Xmas and Those who We’ve Abandoned

Reading: The Book of Acts 19-28 I'm sitting here, drinking my coffee, and gearing up for what will likely be an intense couple of days. It's been a hard week already, xmas is a hard time for our young people. Those with no whanau around them, who've been abandoned by our communities, condemned by our … Continue reading Reflection 33: Xmas and Those who We’ve Abandoned

Reflection #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 16-18 The story of the First Followers is the story of an oppressed and marginalized group on the edge of society. Beaten, imprisoned, excluded, they seek to carve out space and meaning for their new community. They join with the Divine in Her work of Liberation, they are released from … Continue reading Reflection #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 10-15 I grew up with a faith that was filled with boundaries, we often discussed, and agonized over who was in and who was out. People who swore, got drunk, went to night clubs, were on shaky ground. Muslims, atheists, liberal Christians (#AnyOneWhoWasntAsConservativeAsMe) and of course, Gay people, were out … Continue reading Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

Reading: The Book of Acts 8-9 What sort of Love would prompt you to sacrifice your life? The Early Followers of the Way were willing to die for an idea, the idea, that the Divine dream was becoming reality in this world, that She had sent Her Son to enter into the messiness of our … Continue reading Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

Reflection #28: Come, Let Us Dream the Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 4 "They felt that what was there's was not their own... they shared everything they had... their was no needy people amoung them..." I'm exhausted, and that's the truth. I struggle, with the church, with what it could be, with what it is. We talk a good game, about justice, … Continue reading Reflection #28: Come, Let Us Dream the Dream / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here So, when we reflect upon our last couple of blogs, what does this mean when put into the context of our current korero (if you haven't already, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P8: If This is as Far as You Go… / A. J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Progressive Patient Revelation As I’ve engaged in this korero, I often sense fear coming from my conservative Christian whanau. Not a fear based on hate, or homophobia, … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P7: Is There Room for Silence? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #24: The Tombs Empty, But the Mangers Full / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Luke 24 You know some days I sit down and try and write these, and stop halfway through and start again because I realize I'm not really being honest. Today was one of those days. The honest truth is that I struggled with today's reading. Jesus is alive, hallelujah, praise the Lord. But, you … Continue reading Reflection #24: The Tombs Empty, But the Mangers Full / A.J. Hendry