Thursday, October 22, 2009

Help wanted

The recent tsunami that hit Samoa has left many without homes, yet within the mists of it all has shown just how caring and generous New Zealand is. While many have given, more can be done. Habitat for humanity are beginning the rebuilding of houses, But they need volunteers. If you are interested visit their website at:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Economic Faith

Economics and faith: what is the deal?

Max Weber, a German political economist and sociologist, is credited with the insight that our economy is influenced by religious ethics. He is most famous for claiming that the "spirit of capitalism" owes its existence to "the Protestant ethic". Fast forward a century and Tom Beaudon states somewhat critically that "anemic Christianity is the great enabler of abusive capitalism".

What is the connection between our faith and economics? What difference do our beliefs make to how we invest or spend our money? Does our faith determine what we expect of the economy? Should our faith impact on what we think is economically possible or right? How? What drives what?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pass it on

As a supporter of Green peace I recieved this email. For those of you interested in what gets imported in to our Country, read this and sign the petition if you agree. The rainforest is the lungs of the earth and home to many species.

Yesterday we once again took action against Fonterra's climate crimes - this time painting the message Fonterra Climate Crime on a ship carrying palm kernel animal feed in the Port of Taranaki. The feed is destined for Fonterra dairy herds. Its next stop is Tauranga and we will meet it there.Fonterra's use of palm kernel animal feed has been implicated in the destruction of Indonesia and Malaysia's rainforests for palm plantations. Rainforest clearance is one of the worst contributors to climate change and it destroys the last remaining habitat of the orangutan and Sumatran tiger so, as well as stopping palm kernel animal feed imports, New Zealand must also ensure that the timber we import isn't also contributing to rainforest destruction. Over the next month the Government is working on a strategy for how it will deal with illegal timber imports, especially outdoor furniture and decking made from a popular tropical timber called kwila. Imports of kwila are contributing to the destruction of the rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia and PNG.The Green Party is to table a bill in parliament to amend the Customs Act so as to stop the import of illegal timber. We want this bill to get through its first reading. For this to happen the National government needs to support it.You can help protect the rainforests by sending a message to the Minister of Forestry David Carter urging him to support the Greens bill as well as move quickly to stop the import of illegal timber imports. As a consumer country of products from the destruction of tropical rainforests such as timber or palm kernel, we need to act now to save the forests and the climate.

Nick Young

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quakes of Grief and Hope

The truth of the Tsunami in the Pacific, the truth of the Earthquake in Indonesia... we grieve with you and we hope for you...

Walter Brueggemann writes: "The gods of death have pushed hard on Friday. But faithful testimony requires a Sunday 'bulletin' that expresses our amazement against the Friday forces of our life. I am no romantic. I know this explosiveness of Easter, which exposes all prior 'truths' as false witnesses cannot be said in many churches. The wonder is that it is available to us. It is a truth we not only fear but also crave..."
(Walter Brueggemann, 2007, The Word Militant)

May we learn to see the truth of that Sunday, the hopeful truth of the resurrection, in our midst...