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The Anglican Schools Office exists to support, resource, provide training opportunities and build fellowship between the Chaplains and Religious Education teachers working in its associated schools in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and encourage interaction between the schools and the church.
A Word from Amanda
Lent – a time of reflection and new growth; a fitting season as I reflect on more than four years with the Anglican Schools’ Office that will come to an end at the conclusion of our conference in May.
Of this time, I have much to be grateful for. Working with the many people involved in our network, I have come to appreciate the dedication of those focussed on serving our young people of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, particularly in the face of many challenges. It has been enriching to get a sense of the small moments shared, events celebrated and struggles faced through the photographs on your Facebook pages, the stories on your websites and my privileged first-hand experiences of the chaplain’s days.
I’ve enjoyed the resources I’ve come across too, in particular, the stillness of prayers from the Iona community, the grounding reflections by Joy Cowley and the energy of the Bible Project’s animations.
But most of all it has been a life changing experience to work alongside Anne who loves people earnestly, makes time and space for all, expresses joy so freely and is somehow able to laugh when disaster strikes. That to me is the freedom in Christ I hope all our young people will experience for themselves if they haven’t already through your care and love.
Egzabeir yestellen (a blessing in Amharic)
RESPONSE TO CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand is in mourning. Our Muslim whanau are hurting in ways it is impossible for us to understand fully. Across our Anglican Schools network, young people are seeking ways to express their shock, sorrow, anger and compassion. Many have already held services and prayers. Many will join together in a vigil next Friday, at the time the shooting began, to pray, remember, learn and act. The photo is of boys from Dilworth cutting out 1000 paper dolls, joined at hands and feet. Students will write prayers and messages on each one, and the united chain – together with similar chains from other Anglican schools across the Province – will be given to their local mosques. It is only a symbol, but the meaning is real.