Passionfest Festival

Passionfest Festival

Passionfest Main PhotoOn Anzac Weekend Ngatiawa River Monastery was host to Passionfest, an annual festival about Jesus and Justice.

250 brave souls tented through three cold nights to have a discussion about the alternative peace-making way of Jesus.  A huge variety of speakers from a range of peace-making backgrounds were contributing including Dr Chris Marshall from Victoria University and Matt Anslow, the founder of the non-violent refugee movement in Australia, ‘Love Makes A Way’.

Passionfest Photo 2Amidst a powerful conversation about Christ’s call to non-violence there was also plentiful espresso made by young people from Zeal’s two social enterprise cafes, a barn dance hoe-down, a bonfire singalong and creative activities like screen-printing, hula-hooping and tie-dying.

Next year’s festival will be held over Waitangi weekend with the theme of Reconciliation.  We encourage anyone and everyone to come to this challenging and unique weekend.