Workshops and Afternoon Activities

 

 

Below is the list of workshop titles and their presenters, as well as the afternoon activities and their guides.

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10am – 11.15am   

Workshop Session One

Alistair Donaldson

Earthing Our Eschatology: Dispensing with Dispensationalism

After a number of years leading a Bible School in Youth with A Mission, Alistair studied at and then joined the teaching staff at Laidlaw College, Christchurch Campus, where he lectured in Theology and Biblical Studies. One of his joys is helping students trace the themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, understanding the centrality of Christ in the Biblical narrative and seeing care of creation as key to an understanding of our humanity.

Carolyn Robertson

Lead us not into Temptation: Living in a Consumer Society

How can Christians respond within a consumer society, where the environment and workers in the two thirds world are exploited in order to bring us the goods we consume.

Rev Dr Carolyn Robertson completed a PhD that looked at a range of Christian responses to consumerism. She is an Anglican Priest, currently living with her husband and daughter in a very small (but not officially ‘tiny’) house as a social experiment to see if it affects her levels of joy and satisfaction in any way.

Lan Pham

Aotearoa’s Freshwater Conundrum: Restoration, car washes, politics and how to best make your efforts count

Lan was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council in 2016 when she campaigned on prioritising the health of our people and planet. Her background is in Freshwater Ecology (MSc) where it was NZ’s quirky native fish which first got her engaged in environmental issues. She founded and is Director of Working Waters Trust, a not for profit which works alongside communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of NZ’s most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile in the public eye. Lan is passionate about placing climate change at the centre of decision making and building resilience into our management of resources.

Murray Sheard

Can we feed the world without destroying the planet?

Internationally, more people have raised themselves out of poverty in the last 20 years than ever before. But the better we’ve got at development and wealth creation, the worse we’ve got at sustainability. What are our prospects for solving this paradox?

Murray Sheard is CEO of Christian Blind Mission International. He has worked in international development based in New Zealand and overseas, including working across 15 countries in anti-corruption. Murray is a Trustee for A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. He is married to Joy, with a baby on the way.

11.45am – 1pm

Workshop Session Two

Andrew Shepherd

Screens and Creation: Does digital technology help or hinder our connection with nature?

Dr Andrew Shepherd is the Co-Director of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand and the coordinator of their Educational and Engagement work. Andrew has twenty-five years experience teaching and facilitating learning in the areas of theology, ethics and environmental studies. He works in theological/environmental education with churches and community organisations and also has teaching and research roles with a number of tertiary education institutions. He writes widely around creation-care theology and other ethical issues and is the author of A Rocha’s Rich Living resources, currently being used by churches around Aotearoa New Zealand. He lives with his family in the Makarora valley, on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park and Te Wāhipounamu – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Leo Fietje

Farming for the Future

What are some of the key challenges facing NZ farmers today? How can biblical principles expressed in contemporary scientific/ agricultural thinking and practice help develop solutions to those challenges?

Leo works for Environment Canterbury helping to develop policies and practices that address the impacts of farming on the environment. He holds qualifications in agricultural science and sustainable nutrient use, as well as practical farming. He is a passionate gardener of many years.

Murray Sheard

Who Made Your Clothes?: Ethical fashion and the power of consumer action

How can we use our power as consumers to create better working conditions for the most vulnerable workers who make the products we buy? We’ll look at developing world working conditions and the fashion industry trends that drive them. We’ll examine the positive developments, fairly traded case studies and look at how each of us can play a part in speeding change.

Murray Sheard is CEO of Christian Blind Mission International. Prior to this he led the team that brought the Ethical Fashion Guide to New Zealand, having travelling in India interviewing many exploited workers in the garment industry. Murray is a Trustee for A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand. He is married to Joy, with a baby on the way.

Waveney Warth

Making the most of Waste: Responding to a global crisis with meaningful action

Waveney first came to national attention in 2008 when she and her husband challenged themselves to live for one year without creating any rubbish. Their honest, down to earth blog quickly developed a following leading to sustained media interest, most recently in the 2018 film, Living the Change. Waveney has spoken to over one hundred live audiences inspiring thousands of people to consider the impact of their everyday actions and the changes they can make. Waveney spent seven years advising with Auckland Council’s waste team before moving to her current role with Envision New Zealand Ltd, a social purpose business with a waste focus.

1.45pm – 3.45pm  

Afternoon Activities

Marion Fairbrass

 

Contemplative prayer, quiet and creative space, options indoors or in the garden, with Marion Fairbrass

Marion Fairbrass is a Christian teacher and Spiritual Director who is part of the Anglican Church. She is a professed member of the Third Order, Society of St Francis and a member of the group which facilitates involvement with issues of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) within the Order in the Province of the Pacific. With her local group of Franciscans she has been using the A Rocha Rich Living studies on Climate Change this year and is encouraged by the heightened commitment to personal change in lifestyle that so many people are showing.

Summit Road Society

Ohinetahi Reserve guided walk with the community planting team, Summit Road Society

Please wear walking shoes and bring a jacket. Park at the Sign of the Bellbird.

The Summit Road Society was formed in 1948, aims to further the vision of Harry Ell, by working to enhance, preserve and protect the nature, beauty and open character of the hills of Banks Peninsula for people to enjoy. The Ohinetahi Bush Reserve, owned and managed by the Summit Road Society might be considered the flagship of the Society. The views from the Reserve looking across the Lyttelton Harbour basin and the surrounding hills are scenically spectacular.

Alice Shanks

Guided river and botany walk, with Alice Shanks

Guided walk through the environmental history of Ernle Clark Reserve, a floodplain reserve on the banks of the Opawaho Heathcote river. Scrub and swamp are a reminder of the time the river was a source of mahinga kai. Walking beneath the trees planted by the Clark family, and through more recent plantings, is a much-cherished touch of nature in the city. Slowly, a new Putaringamotu Riccarton Bush is unfolding along the river.

Meet at the Ernle Terrace entrance. Those with more puff can return to Cashmere Presbyterian Church up through Purau reserve. Please wear walking shoes and bring a jacket.

Alice Shanks co-ordinates the Friends of Ernle Clark reserve, a group that have been regularly working in the reserve since 2006. She is also a member of the Opawaho Heathcote River Network and Canterbury Botanical Society.

4.15pm – 5.30pm

Workshop Session Three

Jolyon White

Local Action for Genuine Change

Practical and tested steps for effective local advocacy and action. It is surprising how often (in a bid to be exciting) we fail to talk about the initial basic steps that have to be taken for effective advocacy. This workshop will outline these steps with stories and practical tips. We will also discuss what is distinctly Christian about Christian advocacy.

Jolyon has run advocacy and campaign activism for over a decade. He has trialled and experimented with a variety of models and theories of change. He has seen both significant campaign wins and depressing losses. His reflections have given him a large toolbox and a clear way of simplifying a complex field.

Andrew Shepherd
& Bethany Belle
Eating for the Planet: How our diets shape the world

Human agriculture is the single most powerful force shaping the earth since the glaciation of the last Ice age.  Modern industrialised globalised human agriculture has become the largest driver of habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, and climate change. So how can we ensure our dietary decisions ensure rich living for others?  How can we eat in eat in ways that bring wellbeing to our own lives, those of our human and non-human neighbours, and the planet as a whole?

Dr Andrew Shepherd is the Co-Director of A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand and the coordinator of their Educational and Engagement work. Andrew has twenty-five years experience teaching and facilitating learning in the areas of theology, ethics and environmental studies. He works in theological/environmental education with churches and community organisations and also has teaching and research roles with a number of tertiary education institutions. He writes widely around creation-care theology and other ethical issues and is the author of A Rocha’s Rich Living resources, currently being used by churches around Aotearoa New Zealand. He lives with his family in the Makarora valley, on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park and Te Wāhipounamu – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bethany is passionate about conservation and stewardship of our earth. Her plant-based lifestyle has healed her body, widened compassion for things she had never acknowledged before and has deepened her relationship with our earth and the Creator of it all. Bethany loves to chat (especially about dogs) and am excited to share what she has learned in her journey of a sustainable lifestyle thus far.

Guy Gillespie & Peter Bielski

 

Haven on Earth – Lifting our view on homes and lifestyle

Our homes are likely to be the biggest financial investment we make during our lives. Given we spend a large amount of time in our homes, they should be safe and warm and contribute to our wellbeing. You can build a sustainable home that is good for your health, for your household budget, and for our environment.

The Directors of Ethos Homes, Guy Gillespie and Peter Bielski have forty years building experience between them. Guy has run his successful local building company Character Builders for the last nineteen years and will continue to do so. Peter worked for Guy for three years after he came to Christchurch in 2013, but had previously spent time in Germany where he was involved in building homes for the highly esteemed Weberhaus prefabrication company. Ethos Homes have been involved in a number of high performance projects in recent years, including two of only four Certified Passive houses in Christchurch.

 


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