Category Archives: community

December Babies (SBJ, Jesus and Me)

This time a year ago I was celebrating my birthday by cuddling my baby – with my arms instead of my uterus – having just met him on the outside for the first time. SBJ was born thirty-four years-minus-four-hours after me, and conveniently arrived at 11.10pm, just squeaking in to get his own birthday. Not […]

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Want the Bad News?

There’s too much bad news in the world. And there’s more than there used to be. Go to your usual media source of news and count: how many bad news stories in the top ten? There’s a lot to choose from. There are currently a dozen or so major wars in the world. Whenever you read […]

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Community and Competitive Parenting

In A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor gives the news each week from the township of Lake Wobegon, where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.’ It’s not just Lake Wobegon. Some friends of ours observed the amusing number of parents around them who considered […]

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Making Room #3: On the Road Home

Home, home, home. On returning to New Zealand, the hospitality we received from friends and former-acquaintances-now-friends made us quite reflective. Hospitality as a spiritual practice is something that has been on my mind for a few years, and at the forefront of my church leadership. This is the last of a three-part series on some […]

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Six reasons to go to SPACE

Comets, obviously. Wormholes, red dwarves, Saturn’s rings, the Oort Cloud. Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’ve resorted to a cheap trick to suck you in: this is another kind of SPACE. SPACE is a playgroup programme for first-time parents and their babies run nationwide by the Playcentre movement. Some of the team at the Specialist Maternal Mental […]

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