Sunday, May 6, 2018

Aaaand, General Synod is underway

Yes, here we are in New Plymouth, staying across two hotels, one of which is also the venue for our meetings and our main meals.

Friday the NZ Dioceses met during the day (for "Inter Diocesan Conference") then General Synod/Te Hinota Whanui began properly with a 5 pm powhiri at Owae marae at Waitara, with meal and eucharist to follow.

Yesterday we were back into Inter Diocesan Conference mode for most of the day but met formally to deal with a motion or three in the evening.

Today we travelled by bus to Turangawaewae for a service at which Archbishop Don Tamihere preached, as part of 160th anniversary celebrations for the Kingitanga movement.

Tomorrow, effectively, is the day when we get into deep business waters. There won't be much time to blog and it remains better that I do not raise expectations I will do so.

We remain of the plan that Motion 29 discussion and decision-making will spread over three days.

Keep in touch with the news via Taonga, which already has stories and pictures up.

Also Twitter may be useful. We are trying to use the hashtags #Hinota18 and #GSTHW18 for Tweets. My Twitter handle is @petercarrell .

Your prayers for us would be appreciated - and many are praying and have told us so. Thank you!

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