Music, Art & Community. Like the rhythm of a pulsing heart, these three things beat in the core of who we are. Music, Art & Community. Three practices in which we explore and find meaning. Music, Art & Community. Three forms of expression tying us into what it means to be human.
TANGATAWHENUA AND GOD
"KO TE ATUA TOKU PIRINGA KAPUTA KA ORA" Psalms 43:1 (For God is my strength and real saviour in times of need)
Sonny is an Elder of Ngati Haua. He has been researching and telling stories of tribal histories for over 30 years in the wider Waikato region. His influences came from Kaumatua mentors over this time who were staunch christian followers as was the epitomous ancestor Wiremu Tamehana. Ngati Haua have two histories: pre 1858 as a tribe unto itself and post 1858 as a part of a confederation of tribes under the King movement.
A father and daughter share their family’s story of lives turned upside down by addiction and alcoholism, their experience of the miracle of recovery and God’s place in their healing.
Dad and daughter openly share the story of how their lives were shattered by addiction and alcoholism. As they came to learn, these are issues that affect families at all levels of New Zealand society – including church families. But because of the shame and stigma attached; these struggles are often hidden away and usually misunderstood. Chris and Katie have come to Festival aiming to shine a light and share something of what they have learned on the road to recovery.
God upholds all Creation in a wonderful whole - but how does He uphold you when it hurts? He promises peace but how do I hold on to Peace Now, when life is far from perfect? How do we maintain a life giving faith, and a life giving community, in the middle of difficulties? As a disabled person, John will speak from Scripture and his own experience about holding on to your peace when you feel far from peaceful.
Dr John Fox has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Auckland. He has been an academic, worked in family and community restoration, public policy, and children’s and youth work. He is the uncle and brother of adopted children, a son, a disabled person with spastic hemiplegia, a human being, and an Anglican deacon in the Diocese of Christchurch. He specialises in good coffee, teaching adults to read, music, and slow food.
Poverty, environmental crisis, human rights abuses - there's so much to work on and set right in the world that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or that its hopeless. How can we be part of bringing wholeness out of brokenness - to the world, without burning out or succumbing to despair?
As National Director of World Vision in New Zealand, Grant is confronted almost daily with the great needs in the world. Despite this he counts himself as a prisoner of hope, constantly inspired by the people he works with and for. Grant lives in the burbs of Auckland and has a wife, four teenage children, 100,000 bees, 5 chickens and 1 dog. His previous roles have included Executive Director of Amnesty International, and CEO of national law firm Duncan Cotterill.
ACTION SPORTS PANEL OF EXTREME GUESTS
Are you passionate about action sports? Have you ever wondered if God can use that passion for His kingdom? Hear from our panel of guests who have lived out their faith through a variety of different actions sports, including Skateboarding, Surfing and Motor Cross.
Ben Wallis - Raglan born and bred surfer and skater
Josh Harmony - ex-pro skater, surfer-on-the-side from sunny California
Mary Wanhill - NZ dirt biker once known as “Scary Mary”
Logan Mills - NZ director of Christian Surfers
How my journey of photography restored my faith.
Brook Turner is an Amateur Photographer based in Auckland New Zealand. His photography focuses on capturing and presenting our common and unique humanity. Brook has a passion for street, documentary, architecture and landscape photography. He is also embarking on a photo advocacy project in 2019. For his day job, Brook works for VisionWest community trust and is focused on reducing inequality, ending homelessness and solving the NZ hunger crisis.
What are our young people searching for? How we engage with young people using the risk taking sport of dirt bike riding.
Once known as ‘Scary Mary’ for her daredevil accomplishments on a dirt bike, Mary Wanhill was forced into a change of direction after a career-ending injury in 2009. Since then Mary has pursued a life of impacting young people with her passion to see them be all that they can be as they navigate through life’s challenges. Using dirt bike riding as her tool along with her counselling diploma, Mary brings her insights to effectively engage with young people as the founder of Youth Encounter Ministries Trust, creating powerful connections that has created a vibrant community of young people.
Building on last year's talk about sourcing direct trade coffee from Uganda, Jacob will share about the Ugandan/New Zealand partnership, and what it will mean for the region of Kanungu, West Uganda.
Jacob is passionate about using business to set up systems to leave this world a better place. With over 11 years in the coffee industry, Jacob and his wife Emily have pioneered development in villages in northern Uganda and built up strong coffee connections in that region.
What do you do when God disappears? Christina went to Israel and walked in the footsteps of Jesus. Come hear her discoveries of joy and a faith made new.
Christina works at Laidlaw College leading the Centre for Learning, she holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a grounded theology (she hopes). Her husband, two kids and one dog (all adventurous) keep her sane, as do the Waitakere Ranges where they live and their faith community at Cityside Baptist. Christina spends her free time either eating cheese or trying to lift heavy weights at her crossfit box.
At the heart of the Scriptures is a deep call for peace on earth. What does this peace look like in the frenzy of life today?
Jeremy is a speaker, writer and consultant who is captivated by the love of God and the rich story of Scripture. Raised in the heartland of the Waikato, Jeremy enjoys combining his background of theology, innovation and leadership to draw us deeper into the journey of following Jesus, and to explore what this looks like in our world today. Humbled by the chance to participate with StudioOne and Festival One, Jeremy lives in Karapiro with his wife Lydia, and is a coaching co-ordinator for CCCNZ and an innovation trainer with Creativate.
Wholeness of being. Right relationship with God, creation, and oneself. For an athlete, shalom is an extraordinary promise. To be healthy in both body and mind, perform to the best of your ability, and be at peace with people and place is the dream. Yet every athlete has experienced hardship, battle and pain. So can shalom in a competitive world be more than a dream?
A competitive athlete, Olivia Burne has represented New Zealand at the World Cross Country Champs and has won senior National titles in the Half-Marathon, 10km Road Race, 5000m, and 3000m. Passionate, driven and with a huge heart for people, Olivia is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Venn Foundation, a non-for-profit offering vocational training visioned to see people living well-examined and integrated lives, led by community and virtue.
This week we talk to Jamie Hunt. Jamie is a former elite triathlete champion with a third ranking in the ITU world triathlete rankings and co-founder of 2XU, the global high-performance sportswear brand come high-fashion-must-have.
Jamie speaks from the experience of racing as a professional athlete and taking that love of sport to owning and developing 2XU into a global brand and spiritual lessons learnt along the way.
Jamie Hunt is a proud husband and father of three kids.
April 3, 2019
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