Roundup: Repelling youth, popular culture, Syria, Wellington
These churchgoers did not want young people in their churches. They were quietly trying to rid themselves of young people and simply did not know how to finish the job.
“Our task as artists is to participate in God’s redemptive work by simultaneously doing what art does best — tell stories, evoke emotional response, provoke new ways of seeing familiar things … And at the same time, doing what all forms of (Christian) communication should do — tell truth, provoke healing and growth, reflect God’s nature and plans.”
The members of the World Council of Churches Executive Committee have sent a pastoral message to the churches in Syria extending solidarity as they face enormous challenges due to the ongoing violence in the country.
Kerrie Needham has just arrived in town to take up the post of Uniting Church minister in Wellington and though she won’t be ordained until next week, she already has ideas up her sleeve for the year to come such as an activities day for seniors.