Author Archives: Philip Garside

Wear your ethics

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 78

Stop supporting the ‘fast fashion’ industry, with its massive pollution, waste and unethical employment practices.

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From the chapter In God’s Will by Skye Finlay
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Eat healthy – for you and the planet

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 59

How might you use the talents of the people in your church to promote healthy eating?

Maybe…

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From the chapter A Tribe of Enthusiasts by Marie Preston
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Connect with young people

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 60

Take every opportunity to build relationships with young people. Send them messages to remind them that you care. Go walking or cycling together, nurture their love of nature. Encourage an interest in creation through science, art and conservation. Share with them what motivates you. But mostly, just love them!

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From the chapter Tiakina te Taiao, Tiakina te Iwi by Mina Pomare-Peita
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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A valuable record of the steps on your spiritual journey

My Sermon Response Journal – 3

As you fill the pages of your journal – there is room for 60 sermons – you will create a valuable record of the steps on your spiritual journey.

And you will come to appreciate anew the skills and insights that your preachers gift to you week-by-week.

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Trap predators

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 52

Work towards the goal of being predator free.
Less mammal pests means more bird life and healthy forest, which absorbs more carbon dioxide and makes a very significant contribution to achieving our greenhouse gas reductions.

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From the chapter It Matters to Me by Kristel van Houte
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Buy local

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 42

Support local farmers and businesses through a commitment to ‘buy local’.

  • Promote and shop at local farmers’ markets.
  • Identify items that your church needs on a regular basis, and find local ethically-sourced suppliers.
  • Host an eco market at your church.

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From the chapter He Kākano Ahau: I am a seed by Jacynthia Murphy:
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Identify how the message challenges you

My Sermon Response Journal – 4

On each two-page spread you can write down the scripture readings, key points the preacher makes, and your immediate reaction to them.

You are also prompted to identify how the message challenges you, actions you will take and the key idea you will take away from the sermon.

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Pray into every plan

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 35

Prayer is a natural normal part of our creation care as we rely on God’s guidance, surrender our hopes and plans, uphold each other, and return praise and thanks for God.

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From the chapter See Where God Takes Us by Honey Thrupp
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Do a community garden

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu – Action Point 33

Be part of a community garden to grow skills in growing food, build relationships, and help connect people with the land.

Many communities already have community gardens that your church could assist with. If your church has land, or if there is some unused land nearby, explore developing this as a community garden.

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From the chapter See Where God Takes Us by Honey Thrupp
in Awhi Mai Awhi Atu, edited by Silvia Purdie. 

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Engage with your preacher’s messages

My Sermon Response Journal – 2

  • Would you like to engage more with your preacher’s messages?
  • Are you looking for a simple and effective way to record your responses as you listen to the sermon / reflection / homily / address, or soon afterwards?
  • Do you want an aid to help you reflect and act on their message during the following week?

My Sermon Response Journal is the perfect tool.

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