"Prepare the Way", where John points the way to Jesus in Luke, was the theme for this year's Theological Hui.
This theme builds on the celebration in 2014 of 200 years since the Gospel's arrival in Aotearoa-NZ and the key text, also from Luke (2:10), "I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people."
At our hui this year, we took up the challenge of looking ahead, to do theology around preparing the way and reminding ourselves what it means to be people of 'the way'.
Keynote 1: Rev Don Tamihere & Rosa Filoi
Keynote 2: Rev Ngira Simmonds & Rev Ellen Bernstein
Keynote 3: Kirstin Cant & Very Rev Claude Fong Toy
The final keynote of the Theological Hui for 2015, on Acts 2, was all about leading the way and translating theology in to action. A range of activities for participants helped to make this connection before the hui closed with Eucharist.
On the middle day of the Theological Hui 2015 participants were privileged to make a pilgrimage to the resting place of the young martyr, Tarore of Waharoa, where they heard more about her life and death and a karakia was held in rememberance.
Rev Ellen and Rev Ngira take a look at Luke 24 and the encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus and ask, 'have we missed the point?'
How might we measure the quality of our relationship with God and others? The First Keynote address at the Theological Hui, 2015, examined Jeremiah 17:7-8, and the pros and cons of high and low trust relationships and how they affect the way before us.
"Prepare the Way", the Theological Hui for 2015 kicks off today gathering participants from across Aotearoa-NZ and Polynesia for three days of fellowship, worship, listening to God, and 'hovering over the face of the deep' as we examine what it means to 'prepare the way' and what it means to be people of 'the way'.