New Zealand: Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand publishes book that looks at Christianity, colonisation and the path to redemption for Aotearoa New Zealand


from the New Zealand Catholic

14/4/19 - Churches have resources to advance Treaty of Waitangi justice and other, related, justice issues that activists like Sue Bradford can only dream about.

That is what the former Green Party MP told an audience at the launch of Listening to the People of the Land — Christianity, Colonisation and the Path to Redemption, at the St Columba Centre in Ponsonby on February 22. The book was published by Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand and was edited by Susan Healy.

Ms Bradford, 66, said that she despairs at times at the state of the activist political “left”, but she expressed a hope that it will get its act together at some time in the future on issues like Treaty justice, even if this happens beyond her lifetime.

“For those of us in the part of the political landscape that I call home, it is really on our shoulders to keep trying to encourage, assisting organisations and nurturing new ones so that, step by step, some political power is developed.

“It is a mighty political task ahead of us . . . but there are young people keen to learn and act.”

Later she added: “Those of you who are part of churches have resources to draw on that those of us on the outside can only ever dream of, even if you don’t realise how much you have.”...

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Sue Bradford, Listening to the People of the Land — Christianity Colonisation and the Path to Redemption, Pax Christi Aotearoa, New Zealand, Susan Healy