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Dr Andrew Shepherd is the Co-Director of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. He has twenty-five years’ experience teaching and facilitating learning in the areas of theology, ethics and environmental studies. He works in theological/environmental education with churches and community organizations and also has teaching and research roles with a number of tertiary education institutions. Andrew lives with his family in the Makarora valley, on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park and Te Wāhipounamu – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

30th October 2015 | Dave Bookless | 2 comments

Three weeks last summer…

Last summer, events conspired to give me three totally different experiences: Week 1 at a Christian festival, part of Week 2 with my family at Disneyland Paris, and Week 3 at the Taizé Community in France. The question I found myself asking was, ‘What is the spirituality of this gathering? What are its “gods” – its underlying, unwritten values and assumptions about what really matters?’

Categories: Reflections
15th January 2014 | Will & Pip Campbell-Clause | 4 comments

Mission Impossible?

I long for a transformed, honest food system in which there will be an end to economics characterized by ‘skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales’… Yet the supermarket mantra of ‘get big or get out’ certainly seems to be winning the war right now, and our mission here appears to be ‘impossible’. But is it?

Categories: Questions
31st December 2013 | Dave Bookless | 3 comments

Out with the old, in with the new?

Today’s consumer culture takes a love of new starts to extremes. Fed up with your clothing, computer, phone or furniture? Chuck them out and buy something new. The New Testament is full of ‘new heaven’, ‘new earth’, ‘new Jerusalem’, ‘new creation’. As I grew up I assumed ‘new’ meant exactly what it means in the culture I’m surrounded by.

Categories: Reflections