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How are you celebrating Matariki?

Here’s an example from St Andrew’s on The Terrace’s 2013 Matariki service:

Matariki: a time to tell our stories

What’s your story?

Do you know your own story, your birth story, your life story? Did someone tell it to you, or have you made it up from memory and experience? It’s worth keeping in mind that there are different Matariki stories, different meanings depending on the location of the tribe who tells them: in some, Matariki is a time for planting; in others, that’s not the case at all. There are many variations of the calendar and many ways the different tribes used stellar guides for their own specific environment.

So, Matariki isn’t just a time to learn the legends of the stars, fascinating as they are. Learning about family and whakapapa is also important. Around Matariki the harvests such as kumara were in, and this cold part of the year was a time for hui, for korero, to exchange stories, learn about ancestors who have passed from this world to the next, and hand down knowledge and practices to ensure the culture is preserved. Memories, good and bad, are powerful…

 

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Affirmation of Faith

By Bronwyn Angela White, Wellington, NZ

By faith, Sarah and Abraham left family, household and land for the promise of a new life in Canaan.

This faith may take us, too, through labyrinths of doubt, to greener fields.

By faith, Moses led his people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the desert.

This faith might sometimes lead down unpaved tracks to destinations we did not intend.

Faith is the opposite of belief: a shiny coin whose shadow-side is hope.

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I have to differ!

In his “New Testament and Mythology”, Bultmann claims that “modern man is convinced that the mythical view of the world is obsolete”, that “all our thinking today is shaped for good and ill by modern science”, “the miracles of the new testament have ceased to be miraculous”, and—astonishingly—that “the mythical view of the world must be accepted or rejected in its entirety”.

I have to differ!

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