Last night the first of three consultations in the Diocese of Christchurch took place with a view to formulating design guidelines for our diocesan architects, Warren and Mahoney, as they work with us on rebuilds and new builds of churches and halls.
Around seventy people came during the course of the three hour event in which people were invited to stay for as short or as long a time as they wished.
Six tables of discussion were available for people to sit at. There one could talk with others (including, at each table, at least one representative of either the architectural firm or the project management firm also working with the diocese on these matters). And/or one could write, literally on the table itself which was covered in newsprint, or fill in responses to questionnaires. The six tables/questionnaires had these headings, "Biculturalism, 3 Tikanga, Multiculturalism," "Sustainability," "Visioning our Future," "Sacred Space," "Engaging the Community," and "Transcendance and Intimacy."
The event had a good feel to it. I am glad I went to it as I cannot make it to the next two events, 5pm- 8pm, Thursday 22nd September at St John's, Highfield, Timaru and 5 pm - 8 pm, Wednesday 28th September at St Christopher's, Avonhead, Christchurch.
Saw a story last night on Christchurch about how it is missing out on the Rugby World Cup action and tourist income, and showed the still deserted streets of the CBD and the new stadium lying unused. It prompted me to pray for you all again.
Thanks Andrew. Keep praying. Its not just that we are missing the rugby; we are still having shakes!
Thanks for this post, Peter, it sounds a good process & I pray there is a good product. I hope to get to one of these, and have started a series http://www.liturgy.co.nz/blog/tag/architecture about it. I heard from elsewhere also how good the evening went.
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