The 2016 Conference at Silverstream/Wellington

  • Urgent Notice - Erratum

    There is an error with the accommodation prices for Stonewall Lodge in the Registration Form sent out with the recent Newsletter.

    To clarify: Stonewall Lodge has two options for accommodation.

    1. Top level (good flat access from a road at the rear). Rooms with double bed that can be split into 2 singles. Suitable for single/twin share/double bed. There is a lounge at one end with tea and coffee making facilities. There are good toilet/shower facilities for male and female.
    2. Bottom level (Studio). Rooms with double bed that can be split into 2 singles plus ensuite. They also have their own tea and coffee making facilities. Suitable for single/twin share/double bed. In addition there is a lounge at one end with tea and coffee making facilities and other good toilet/shower facilities for male and female on this level.

    Please read as follows for Stonewall Lodge accommodation pricing:-

    • Top level Single price $61 per night or $122 per 2 days. Twin share price $44 per night per person or $88 per 2 days. Double (couple) price $88 per night or $176 per 2 days.
    • Bottom level Single price $130 per night or $260 per 2 days. Twin share price $65 per night per person or $130 per 2 days. Double (couple) price $130 per night or $260 per 2 days.

    Our apologies for the confusion.
    Norm Ely, Treasurer
    Phone 027 440 9267
    eMail n.ely@xtra.co.nz

  • Conference 2016
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    | Programme Details
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    | Background reading
  • Papers from Conference 2015 and earlier.

The Life of Jesus in a Comma

The following is an excerpt from Robin Meyers' book Saving Jesus from The Church reviewed by James F. McGrath.
The 'comma' observation has been made by many theologians.

Chapter 10, on 'Religion as Relationship, not Righteousness', devotes a significant amount of attention to Buber's famous distinction between 'I-Thou' and 'I-It' relationships. Having earlier mentioned the 'airport theology' of Christians who celebrate only, or focus primarily on, Christmas and Easter -- [he calls it 'airport theology' because it is all about arrival and departure] -- Meyers here notes the details of Jesus' human life that are omitted from the creeds. Looking at the Apostles' Creed's affirmation that Jesus was ''born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate'', Meyers sums it up well: The world's greatest life is reduced to a comma (p.207). By the end of this chapter, Meyers is summing up a powerful vision of a different way of being Christian, focused not on doctrines but on discipleship. 'Christianity requires no sacrifice of the intellect; it can withstand any question we dare to ask and any answer we are brave enough, in the service of truth, to answer' (p.218 emphases added).

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