Culture Explore Series

The Culture Explore Series – He Titiro Whakatātare1 i te Tikanga2

The Culture Explore Series has its roots in the South West Baptist Church mission statements: aspiring to be a redemptive community, helping to be lifelong followers of Jesus. It raises two questions: what does community look like? What does being a follower of Jesus look like in different communities? The setting for these questions is a commitment by the church leadership to actively engage in a journey of understanding the place of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand both in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi and being authentic in our mission work both locally and globally. We believe that an essential part of being welcoming to all cultures and truly cross-cultural starts with better understanding our own story here in Aotearoa.

So, culture explore is an opportunity for anyone in the wider community to come along and listen/engage with believers for whom the discovery/acknowledgement of a cultural element to their lives has been significant in their life and faith journey. The question we ask: can we get a real sense of what will make someone in our community (who does not share our cultural background) feel comfortable in our whare? Do we need to actually understand their world view or what identity means for them? These series are steps along that journey.

Explore Series 4 (June 2015)
He waka eke noa. A waka with space for everyone!

Our journey to becoming fully and authentically cross-cultural remains grounded in understanding and embracing our relationship with tangata whenua.

  • Alan Jamieson: why we are on this journey
  • David Moko: a Maori world view… Why should it be different from what’s normal? We are made in the image of God which Maori understand implicitly.
    what happens when we allow people permission to search for and recognise the fingerprints of God in their lives. The power of story.
  • Alison McKenzie: the very first journey back to her marae, knowing absolutely nothing and somewhat reticent – yet finding the spirit of God well and truly flourishing there.
  • Derek Wenmoth: the experience of journeying with a cohort of students in the Hokianga, in their studies then literally in a waka for 4 days the power of hui for conflict resolution.
  • Richard Manning: in a post settlement environment does the Treaty of Waitangi have any relevance at all? What might partnership, participation & active protection mean for us?

Explore Series 3 (May 2014)
200 years of the gospel. What’s happened?

  • How might we nurture cultural diversity and remain one in Christ?
  • What would this look like for SWBC?
  • How might it affect what we see, hear and do at SWBC?
  • How can engaging in a culturally attuned way bring a fuller picture of the kingdom?

200 years of the missionary gospel

Explore Series 2 (July 2012)
Tīramarama -Shine a light

Some of the questions we will explore:

  • How might we nurture cultural diversity and remain one in Christ?
  • What would this look like for South West Baptist?
  • How might it affect what we see, hear and do at South West Baptist?
  • How can engaging in a culturally attuned way bring a fuller picture of the kingdom?
  • Find out what a ‘kowhaiwhai’ is, how it could express the South West Baptist story and invite all to be participants.
  • Come and listen, have a say, pose a question or express a reservation. All are welcome to come and join us.

Session 1

  • Te haerenga nei (this journey)
  • He whakaaro (some thoughts…)
  • Te kōwhaiwhai (what is it? what does it represent?)

Session 2

  • A whānau perspective
  • Murray Robertson
  • Marj Robertson
  • Jo Robertson

Session 3
He moemoea tāku: I have a dream

  • Hui: reflections on the two preceding sessions and an opportunity for all to share their dreams

Explore Series 1 (November 2011)
Identity and Culture – To what extent is our identity part and parcel of our cultural background?

  • Alison McKenzie, Mark Harrington
  • Juan Witherington, John Harrington
  • Duane Major, George Ehau

 

1titiro: gaze, inspect, look at. whakatātare: close scrutiny, intense observation, studying intently

2tikanga: correct procedure, custom, habit, lore, method, manner, rule, way, code, meaning, plan, practice, convention, protocol – the customary system of values and practices that have developed over time and are deeply embedded in the social context