Last week we had a double act. Peter Beck spoke about the parish he has been involved with as a priest, St Lukes, which had lost its church in the earthquakes. St Lukes has had a strong commitment to social justice issues with a special involvement with the Prostitutes Collective. The parish after considerable discussion has decided to cease and that their funds be used to fund a central city pastor working out of the Cathedral. It would be great to see the land owned by the Parish used for affordable housing when it comes free in 2023. That’s something for the future.
Peter was joined by Chris Chamberlain from Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. This parish has decided to build affordable housing units on the land they own and are currently fund raising to achieve this goal. There’s more about this later in this email.
The key purpose of the evening was to demonstrate that many organisations which were once thriving are often now sitting on very valuable assets which could be used to meet contemporary challenges for our society. We need to challenge those who lead these organisations.
Here is the video of the event thanks to Aaron Campbell, and Rosemary Neave who managed to get her phone to work this time