In this edition we learn how churches have responded to the Christchurch mosque attacks, and consider a Christian perspective on free speech vs hate speech; we find out why a Wellington minister became a founding member of a new global inter-faith peace-making programme; we are inspired by a former refugee family who went from resettlement to owning their own home; we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Congregational Union and Presbyterian Church fellowship; we share an eye-opening experience of Palestine; we discover how Tikanga Maori was a highlight of Connect 2019; we congratulate parishes and youth caring for creation; we meet a netball coach awarded for her 50 year commitment to the sport and her PIC club; we hear how churches are serving the communities of Marton and Wanaka; we profile the new executive officer for Church Property Trustees and the new director of the Presbyterian Church Schools Research Office; we explore the Church’s financial consolidation; we celebrate successful Global Mission programmes with the Church and partner churches overseas…. Read these stories plus many more in the November 2019 edition of Spanz magazine.
Changes to Spanz publication
Please note that there are no summer, winter, spring editions of Spanz in 2019. Prior to 2018, Spanz was a quarterly magazine, published each year in Autumn (March), Winter (June), Spring (September), and Summer (December).
In 2018, Council of Assembly advised that as part of its policy of a balanced operational budget, resource allocated to the Spanz publication had been reduced for the year ended 30 June 2019, which meant a reduction from four editions to three in 2018/2019 .
In 2019, Spanz (no.76) will be published in May 2019 (there are no 2019 autumn nor winter editions). Spanz (no.77) will be published in November 2019 (there are no 2019 spring nor summer editions).
In 2020, Spanz (no.78) will be published in May 2020 (there are no 2020 autumn nor winter editions).
Council of Assembly Convenor, Richard McLean advises: "We are investigating the Church’s overall communication across our life together and note the high use of, and engagement with, online communication in the wider community. We are also aware of our need to care for creation and the increasing costs of printing and distribution. Any changes beyond May 2020 will be signalled next year."