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Anglican Taonga: September 2015

All manner of things shall be well

 Anglican Taonga editor Julanne Clarke-Morris visited Nelson in July 2015 to meet the region's faith community nurses and suss out their ministry.

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Professional Development

According to Plantinga in Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning and Living; Christians have a responsibility to use their education and skills gained in “order to play your part in the drama of the Kingdom”.[1]

In 2007 I felt the call of God to start preparing myself for full time service. I commenced part-time study through Laidlaw College, Centre for Distance Learning. Although the Diploma of Biblical Studies can comfortably be done over four years, I found other commitments required me to take six.

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Chaplaincy Course

Chaplaincy Course, a talk given by Janet Hogan, at The Salvation Army's Booth College of Mission in Upper Hutt to her  tutor and class. May 2013

Christchurch Post Earthquake by Janet Hogan




is there a role for Faith Community Nurses?



The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25 states “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security ...”[1] The United Nation’s Millennium Project 2006 obligates world leaders to “improve peoples quality of life by targeting poverty, health, education and the environment”.[2] These two declarations are evident in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authorities (CERA) statement “The social well being of communities and individuals depends on a range of factors, including access to quality housing, transport, education and health systems and inclusive communities, which support people to participate fully in the life of the region”.[3]


In 2009 I met Elaine, an Australian Christian Nurse. She had changed her life’s direction after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. No longer did her management role give her satisfaction. So for thirteen years she worked with the homeless. She said “that each one of them had a story”. This assignment is dedicated to those Christian Nurses working with the forgotten in our cities.


The need for Faith Community Nurses / Parish Nurses in Christchurch will be researched. For “parish nursing is a form of ministry which links professional primary healthcare with Christian mission”.[4] Health and social services post Canterbury earthquakes being undertaken by the church will be discussed. The establishment of a Christian based Faith Community Nurse (FCN) Service in Christchurch working with displaced persons (including the homeless) will be considered through a social transformation development process.

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Recovery – The Journey of Life

Wyatt Butcher

".....let us rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character, and character hope."

A person who is beginning to sense the suffering of life is, at the same time, beginning to awaken deeper realities, truer realities. For suffering smashes to pieces the complacency of our normal fictions about reality, and forces us to become alive in a special sense – to see carefully, to feel deeply, to touch ourselves and our worlds in ways we have heretofore avoided....suffering is the first grace. In a special sense, suffering is almost a time of rejoicing, for it marks the birth of creative insight.

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What is the theological rationale for the Health Ministry via the Faith Community Nurse?

Very Reverend Charles Tyrrell

Parish Nurse Conference "Gaining Altitude for a Clearer Vision" Isaiah 40:31

Vaughan Park, Auckland October 2007


I was ordained 30 years ago in Liverpool cathedral, England, by Bishop David Sheppard. For the first year of my ordained life I was a Deacon, under training from my wise and vastly experienced Rector, former prisoner of war of the Japanese, Owen Eva. It was Owen who asked me to preach my first sermon as a curate one week later.

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A Person Journey to Understanding Partnership From of Nursing Perspective

Judith C Christensen

Paper presented at the Faith Community Nurses Annual Conference held at Hamilton 9 August 2009 by Judith C.

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