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Leadership | Where to from here?

Leadership | Where to from here?

There was a strong call in the submissions for changes to current leadership models. Things that need to be addressed in relation to leadership: representation of diversity in leadership roles co-responsible, shared leadership models clericalism more lay leadership...

Belonging | Where to from here?

Belonging | Where to from here?

There are many diverse experiences of belonging. Many other participants were struck by this - “Our Marae is where we as Maori can go to express every part of our being”, reflecting upon whether they could say the same for themselves in the Church. Often more than...

Inclusion & Welcome | Where to from here?

Inclusion & Welcome | Where to from here?

Submissions pointed to those they feel are being excluded from that journey, including the young; the elderly; women; Maori; migrants; the deaf; the poor; those divorced or separated; those who identify as LGBTQIA+; those who value more conservative or traditional...

A Church of Aotearoa  |  Where to from here?

A Church of Aotearoa | Where to from here?

A desire for fundamental change towards a true church of Aotearoa New Zealand was expressed in the submissions recieved. The hope being that there was ways of reflecting the country's biculturalism and partnership with Māori through the use of te reo, tikanga, and...

The Call for Change | Where to from here?

The Call for Change | Where to from here?

That ‘things need to change’ was one of the strongest messages received. This desire for change indicated that there is great hope and need for renewal within the Church. “We believe this is an opportunity to renew the Church.”  A number of responses included ideas...

Growing in Synodality

Growing in Synodality

Kia tau te rangimārie ki a koutou,   Over the last few months thousands of people throughout the world have responded to the invitation of Pope Francis to be involved in building a more Synodal church. Through the Synod process, people expressed gratitude for being...

A Meeting Point | Unpacking Synodality

A Meeting Point | Unpacking Synodality

In 2020, after 22 consecutive years as the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport dropped to number two, as Covid-19 changed the way we travel. I arrived at this airport eight years earlier for the first time. I had been told,...

Synod Online Sessions

Synod Online Sessions

The Diocese of Palmerston North is currently offering three Online Synod Sessions that are open to anyone within the diocese to register for and participate. Scroll down to explore some questions you may have and links to register!Although the preference is for groups...

Te Reo o Hewa | Synod 2021-24

Te Reo o Hewa | Synod 2021-24

Some 30 theologians, pastoral workers and bishops gathered from 22 September to 2 October at Frascati near Rome to draft the working document for the continental phase of the Synod. The document is referred to as the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS). It brings...

Synod in Schools

Synod in Schools

During this significant time in the Church’s history, Pope Francis invited ALL of us to reflect on our faith journey and share our vision for the future of the Catholic Church. Thank you for your participation! People across the Diocese of Palmerston North were...

The Fundamental Question | Synod 2021-23

The Fundamental Question | Synod 2021-23

THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION The Synod poses the following fundamental question: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in...

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