“…On a freezing cold Wellington afternoon, Justin Duckworth and his trademark bare feet are ascending to one of Anglican Church's most revered roles.
And inside Wellington's Saint Paul's Cathedral, 1600 faithful gather to see him ordained as a bishop.
Mr Duckworth is a man who has spent much of his life working to help the needy and those who live in the margins of society.
“I've got to be honest, I probably felt more comfortable there yesterday at Rimutaka Jail than I do here. I confess that now that you have made me a bishop, because it's too late for you to pull out,” he jokes…”
And you’ll get to see Andrew Jones, The Tall Skinny Kiwi, make a few comments.
You can watch the TV3 news clip here.
Justin, and Jenny his wife co-wrote a really interesting little book in the New Monastic Library series (resources for Radical Discipleship) published by Cascade Books with a foreword by Charles Ringma. The title is: Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom.
“…Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. This book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of their city to share life with those who are struggling, homeless, sick, poor, neglected, or otherwise marginalized. The community has grown over time to seven neighborhoods where on any given day you may find "Urban Visionites" growing vegetables amidst the concrete, teaching English to refugees, offering alternative education programs to out of school teenagers, fostering children, doing church with the homeless, offering friendship to the mentally ill, roasting fair trade coffee, running kids clubs, moms groups, tenant meetings or just sharing yet another cup of tea with their neighbors. In fact sharing is a good summary of the whole shape of this exciting movement. They share homes, food, money, vehicles, jobs, prayers, dreams, conversations, fun, tears, pain, hope, healing, transformation . . . they share the whole of life with each other and with their neighbors. They live the gospel, this good news of Jesus…”
Plus, an interesting article in NZ’s Anglican Taonga online ‘magazine’ – Back to the Community - Everyday. Great to see the campaign "Back to Church Sunday" dropped!