eNews for August

Tēnā koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

Whilst we find ourselves with a slight sense of déjà vu, there is also a welcomed sense of calm. We are prepared, we have done this before and together we shall conquer again!

There have been a number of sudden changes over the past week, and sadly, we have had to close our doors for the meanwhile, but we felt it was still important to share some of our recent news with you.

Whilst we cannot share the physical calm that our Centre bestows on so many, we hope that reading through our news may provide some sense of tranquility.  

Keep well, keep safe and be kind.  

The Vaughan Park Team

  • Upcoming October Retreat with Strahan Coleman

    Upcoming October Retreat with Strahan Coleman

    musician, writer, speaker, psalmist and storyteller.

    common-union is a restfully curated spiritual retreat to lead you toward conversation with God, to slow down, breathe in the air again, and enjoy being with others along the way. It’s an opportunity to go deeper with God and to learn new ways of being and communing with him. During the weekend there will be times to pray, sit quietly, eat, celebrate and laugh together. There will be devotional times and the opportunity to get into a few deep and meaningfuls along the way too. From Friday 23rd October 2020, 7.30pm - Sunday 25th October 2020, 1pm. Book your place here.


  • Nau Mai, Haere Mai to scholar, Annie Short

    Nau Mai, Haere Mai to scholar, Annie Short

    Annie is currently resident at Vaughan Park for the month of August. She’s working on a writing project and says that, ‘to be able to sit quietly and reflect, while surrounded by the support and beauty of nature, is a gift. “ Read more about Annie here.

    Remember too that the closing date for applications for a Scholarship in 2021 is 4th September 2020. Check out all the details and criteria.

  • The Grief Walk: Losing, Grieving and Journeying on to Something New

    The Grief Walk: Losing, Grieving and Journeying on to Something New

    We send many congratulations to friend of Vaughan Park, the Rev. Alister J. Hendery, Priest-in-Charge of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Hastings, NZ and friend of Vaughan Park on the publication of his latest book. Some of Hilary Oxford Smith’s poetry from her book, Grief’s Shadowed Path: Poems of Loss and Healing is also included amongst the pages. Read a review of Alister’s book from the Rev. Bosco Peters here.

  • A Weekend Retreat in Advent with Eamon Butler

    A Weekend Retreat in Advent with Eamon Butler

    Take some time out in Advent, from Friday 11th December to Sunday 13th December, to explore the spiritual reflections of Henri Nouwen on Rembrandt’s painting of the homecoming scene of the Prodigal Son. There will be talks, sharing, small group discussion, and times for reflection through silence, prayer & meditation. Read more.

  • Words of encouragement for scholar, Pennie Vaione Togiatama-Otto

    Words of encouragement for scholar, Pennie Vaione Togiatama-Otto

    In his ministry to Vaughan Park, Chaplain, the Rev. Sapati Tima supports and companions our resident Scholars. Pennie was our Scholar for July. “She joined us for some quiet writing time as she nears the end of her PhD journey,” says Sapati. “We wish her well – not only in her studies, but foremost in her ministry for the Lord.  Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Pennie. It has been a blessing meeting your family and friends along the way. Fakaue Lahi!”

    Photo: from left to right: Rev. Sapati, Associate Professor Tamasailau Sualii, Siaosi Vaili who is currently completing his PhD and Pennie’s supervisor, Rev. Pennie.

  • Braiding Te Awa

    Braiding Te Awa

    Hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland, we were delighted to welcome participants who had signed up for a Collaborative Ministry 5 day course at the Centre from 3rd to 7th August. It’s an opportunity for participants to upskill and learn about an enabling and collaborative tikanga approach to ministry. A blessed and happy time was experienced by all.

  • Reflections Post Lockdown

    Reflections Post Lockdown

    Many of you will know Pip Nicholls of The Contemplative Network Aotearoa – New Zealand. Over the years, we’ve hosted retreats for the Network and look forward to welcoming them back next year. In an engaging piece of writing on our Moments page, Pip reflects on her experience of lock-down in Wellington and finds similarities with being on retreat. Read her unique story here.

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    Ma Io koutou e manaaki, e tiaki, i nga wa katoa.
    May your God bless you each and every day.