St Peter’s on Willis Street, Wellington
15th to 17th August 2019

Guest Speaker:
Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell,
Bishop of Chelmsford, UK

Last year, Steven Benford, Bishop of Dunedin, invited New Zealand Anglicans to attend a hui on the ministry and mission of the church from an Anglo Catholic perspective.  The aim was to inspire those from the catholic tradition of Anglicanism to be a positive force for the Gospel and a model for effective mission in Aotearoa New Zealand today.  Some 80 Anglicans from around the country gathered at All Saints’ Church, Dunedin, looked to the future and discussed how we could best harness the riches of the catholic tradition to proclaim the gospel in our context.  We worshipped, socialised, encouraged each other, learned from each other, challenged each other — and had a great time!

From the Rt Rev Justin Duckworth, Bishop of Wellington and
the Rt Rev Dr Eleanor Sanderson, Assistant Bishop of Wellington:

“We believe the hui will provide valuable perspectives on the variety of worship, liturgy, theology and discipleship that our broad church can offer. We deeply appreciate that Bishop Stephen Cottrell is a significant contributor to areas of transformation which we are aiming to develop within our diocesan family, in particular discipleship and evangelism.”

From the Rt Rev Steven Benford, Bishop of Dunedin:

“I warmly commend this event – the programme and guest speaker are impressive and would provide a deep and significant contribution to people’s understanding and experience of the Anglo Catholic tradition”.

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This year, the hui will be hosted by Anglican Movement (the Diocese of Wellington) and will be based at St Peter’s on Willis in Wellington’s CBD.

Our aim is that through worship, prayer, some taught input and fellowship we would be encouraged to be actively involved in mission and worship and the renewal of the Catholic tradition, a valued and distinctive stream of Anglicanism, but one that has declined in our province.

For 2019, our Wellington team is aiming to ‘evangelise’ the tradition, including some consideration of how the Anglo-Catholic tradition, through worshipping God ‘in the beauty of holiness’ has given us Anglicans a heart for social justice and action, community life and the renewal of the Church.

We want to enable a new generation from across our province to come to the hui to experience riches and distinctive the tradition, be educated about it and so engage more deeply with God in Christ. We particularly hope to attract some of our millennials from the Diocese of Wellington and further afield.

There will be a daily Eucharist celebrated by a bishop, five sessions with our keynote speaker, as well as workshops, a visit to the Home of Compassion to learn about Wellington’s ‘saint in waiting’ Suzanne Aubert and time for networking and socialising.

We’re delighted that our keynote speaker will be Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, England.  Bishop Stephen was formerly Bishop of Reading and has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield Diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team.  He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship.

Thursday 15 AugustRegistration, refreshments and welcome from 2pm.
Introduction from Bishop Stephen and session 1
Mass – Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Free time to make your own dinner arrangements with Hui friends.)
Concludes with Night Prayer
Friday 16 AugustMorning Prayer – Feast Day of Brother Roger of Taizé
Two sessions with Bishop Stephen
Scriptural Reflection
Lunch at St Peter’s
Two workshops
Visit to the Home of Compassion, story of Suzanne Aubert and Mass
Concludes with Night Prayer
Saturday 17 AugustMorning Prayer
Two sessions with Bishop Stephen
Mass, Angelus and anointing.
1.30 pm: group photo and farewells

The $60 registration fee covers morning and afternoon teas, two lunches, one dinner and transport to and from the Home of Compassion with an early bird price of $50 if paid before 31 May.  To purchase tickets, click the button below to go through to the Eventbrite ticketing website:

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About Bishop Stephen:

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford, serving Essex and East London. Before this he was Bishop of Reading and before this served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mission Team. He was Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, and served in parishes in Chichester and South London. He is a member of the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Concerns; Bishop Protector for the Society of St Francis; the Anglican Consultative Council (he visited New Zealand with the ACC in 2012); and Chair of Church Army, an Anglican society for evangelism and social outreach. He is a member of the House of Lords and is on the Select Committee for Communication. He is a well-known writer and speaker on evangelism, spirituality and catechesis. He is married to Rebecca who is a potter, and they have three boys. Among his many books he has written From the Abundance of the Heart; Catholic Evangelism for all Christians and is one of the co-authors of Pilgrim, the Church of England’s catechetical course for the Christian Journey. He has written a series of books re-imagining the Holy Week narratives – The Things He Did; The Things He Carried, The Things He Said, and The Nail. His most recent books are The Sleepy Shepherd a re-telling of the Christmas story for children and Striking Out, Poems and Stories from the Camino. He wrote this having walked a large part of the Camino del Norte in 2016.

Message from Bishop Stephen:

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Wellington in August to share with you some of my thoughts and experiences about an approach to evangelism that flows from a catholic and sacramental tradition.  Such an approach to evangelism will be contemplative.  It will be rooted in prayer, aiming to help people share the fruits of their own our spirituality.  I hope this might be true of our time together.  I hope it might even feel as much like a retreat as a conference, refreshing us in our own ministries.

Catholic evangelism will be sacramental, for the sacraments themselves are evangelising; and in bringing people into the household of the church it is the sacraments that mark our belonging.  But it will also be catechumenal.  For most people today becoming a Christian is like a journey.  Therefore evangelism can be best understood as helping people make that journey.  We will explore what sort of ministries we need to help make this happen, remembering, of course, that God is the Evangelist.  It will be a practical hui.  We will have some real ideas to take home so that we can develop evangelistic ministry in our own contexts.

Finally, a catholic approach to evangelism will be prophetic and – I hope – be beautiful.  We want to pour a Christ like Church and a Christ like people into the world, not just drag the world into the church. And although, of course, the Christian faith is true and good (and we will, therefore, always have a concern for doctrine and ethics), the revelation of God in Christ is also beautiful. A catholic approach to evangelism will focus on the beauty of Christ, the beauty of the gospel, and the beauty of holiness.

There probably won’t be time to explore all of this, but I hope that these will be the threads running through our time together, and I pray that from them God may weave something beautiful that can be of lasting benefit to the Church of God in New Zealand. I also hope our time together will be encouraging, helping us to see and celebrate the good things we are already doing and even be evangelise ourselves, finding that time apart to think about these things will also refresh our spirits with the good and ever replenishing news of the gospel.”

Meaning-Making for Millennials

This workshop will look at our journey as a church of 18-30 year-olds to discover meaning and power in liturgy, sacrament and prayer. From firing pottery chalices, to building our own altar, and working alongside Diocesan liturgists to select Eucharistic liturgy that represents the life of our community, this is the story of how we have become young people deeply in touch with tradition alongside our charismatic roots

About Rev Scottie Reeve:
Rev Scottie Reeve is the Priest at Blueprint, an inner-city Wellington Church primarily comprised of 18-30 year-olds. Originally birthed from Pentecostal roots, Blueprint has been on a 15 year journey to becoming a community of young people who value liturgy, sacrament and common prayer. Through a series of neo-monastic community houses, Blueprint meets daily for evening prayer alongside rhythms of hospitality and mission at the margins.