A Dunedin Methodist
The guiding principle for this formulation is that it seeks to express the actual truth of our whole community as far as this may be possible, youngest to oldest, those born to it and those newly arrived, the more traditional and the more experimental among us. We aim to count people in, rather than to raise barriers - and yet to acknowledge a core reality which unites us all.
Dunedin Methodist Parish . . .What we create for one another and give to one another is a community.
Our community focuses on God as the source of life, meaning, and purpose.
Our community tries to express God's intention in what it does, and how it shapes its life.
Our roots . . .We have a high regard for the history out of which we have come.
That history has shaped our way of thinking and speaking.
It has taught us the 'God' language.
It has bequeathed to us a significant record of human experience.
It has pointed us to Jesus of Nazareth, who shines for us with the light of God.
Diversity . . .We respect the diversity of religious traditions.
We feel affinity with everyone who cares about our world and its people.
While we value the traditions and traditional ways we have inherited,
we are open to those in our own community who question the old,
for the sake of new understanding and strengthened commitment.
We are learning . . .We do not stand still.
Some of the words which are becoming important to us are:
Inclusiveness; Tolerance; Caring;
Spirituality; Growth; Commitment; Creation;
We offer what we have received . . .hope
a learning place
ways of serving others
the light of Christ
The Mornington Explorers Group which meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 4.30pm, is becoming more important to our Parish as a think-tank. The Group is seeking relevance in worship and mission. The brief statement we are listing today deserves some prominence because it is the fruit of almost 3 years intense discussion by the Explorers Group.
In mid 2003 Mornington Methodists were asked who would be interested in forming a group for sharing thoughts and feelings about faith and religion. Out of that came an Explorers group, a liberating experience:
Our faith finds expression in the prayer:
We have taken note of the Declaration of a Global Ethic endorsed by The Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1993, and go along with its summary imperatives:
See also the Mission Statement
of the Methodist Church of New Zealand.