Kingdom Dinner honours social justice work

Kingdom Dinner honours social justice work

The work of approximately 70 people from our Diocese was honoured recently, with a Kingdom Dinner hosted by the Centre for Anglican Communion Studies.  The dinner was held in honour of Bishop Eleanor’s appointment, and in turn, she chose to honour those who work hard for social justice in our Diocese.

Attendees were hosted at the All Saints Conference Centre in Hataitai Wellington, for a dinner catered by Pomegranate Kitchen, a social enterprise in which all the cooks are from a refugee background.  The dinner offered those working across the diocese to connect with each other and be inspired.  “Those who attended were happy to hear other people’s stories of action on social and environmental issues,” says the Diocesan Advocacy Enabler Kate Day.  “And in turn, my highlight was seeing people connect with others.”

Speakers shared news from activity in their communities, including updates on prisoner re-integration from Naenae, the operation of The Freestore in Wellington, refugee house set up and action to raise awareness of housing needs in the Hutt Valley.

Rev Dr Robert Heaney, Director of the Centre for Anglican Communion Studies, spoke about a global perspective of transformation in the life of the Communion, and the Diocesan Advocacy Enabler Kate Day spoke of social justice activity yet to come, including the call to prayer and action on the housing crisis.