Dear First Church Folk,
The weekly Tuesday lunchtime gathering for prayer and Holy Communion involves a time for sharing thoughts on the Gospel lectionary text for the upcoming Sunday. Our last gathering (in the Stevely Room) looked at Luke’s parable of the rich fool (Luke 12: 13 – 21). Among other things, we talked about money, greed, relationships, and what it might mean to be “rich toward God.” I came away from there with these ideas weighing heavy on my mind.
Money, or the lack of it, plays a big part in our lives. My involvement as board chair for the Pacific Trust Otago (PTO) has enabled my growing concern for the social, educational, and health struggles of Pacific peoples in Dunedin. A common denominator in these areas is poverty. At a higher level, representing the PTO at the South Island Pacific Providers Collective has also allowed me to see the desperation of Pacific NGOs that have to scratch and claw for limited government funding. The financial struggle of organisations and how it impacts service delivery is evident in many spheres of society. It seems as if they are expected to do the same amount of work or service delivery with less money. We hear of this all the time on the news. Read the rest of this entry »
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