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Mae Runions – A Retrospective

March 17th, 2021|

 “Mae Runions is a Vancouver artist who has been working in fabric art since 1984. Runions uses images symbolically to open up ancient faith stories and awaken fresh responses in the spirit.” READ MORE

What if 2020 isn’t cancelled by Leslie Dwight

July 6th, 2020|

Joe Average Print Coloured by Nancy Illman

June 8th, 2020|

Game Changer by Banksy

May 8th, 2020|

A new Banksy artwork paying tribute to National Health Service workers has turned up at Southampton General Hospital in England. The painting, titled Game Changer (2020), was delivered to the hospital along with a note that read: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white.” The hospital houses a significant testing facility that is currently running trials on potential Covid-19 vaccines.

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Jacinda Ardern on “A Poem for Papatūānuku”

April 29th, 2020|

Thank you for the amazing response to this poem! I never expected it to travel so far and wide. Many people have asked who the author is so I wanted to clarify that.

I wrote this poem on the train home after the announcement of total lockdown was made here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I felt like I could hear Papatūānuku – Mother Earth – exhaling in relief as we all began our journeys home. In truth, one month of lockdown is not enough. Even six months would not be enough! We need a total and sustained change of habit, globally and within our own communities.

I hope so much we take our time to reflect on the fact that if we can do it to save ourselves for a month, we ought to be able to make similar habit changes for Mother Earth for the long term.

The most telling thing for me was how empty our veggie plant aisles were after lockdown was announced – in a crisis, we will turn back to our mother to provide (and of course she will!).

Lots of people have asked for translations… Papatūānuku – Mother Earth (the addition of the “e” in front signals the words are addressed or spoken directly to her.) Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe – means something like, “tears from the eyes of Ranginui drip down on you” (Ranginui is our sky father, it is common to refer to rain as the tears of Rangi for his beloved, from whom he was separated at the beginning of time in order that there could be light in the world). Not long after the announcement we were moving to level 3, it poured with rain in Porirua after many months of hot and dry weather. I could feel my garden rejoicing.

Hei aha – This can be translated in many ways, but I meant it like the English “ oh well, whatever ” He iti noaiho – “something small”. Because our sacrifice feels enormous but in reality I think it is not sufficient to truly see Papatūānuku / Mother Earth recover. However, in Māori, we often talk about the significance of small actions or gestures. We say “ahakoa he iti, he pounamu.” Although it is small, it is a treasure.

Thank you so much for the support.

By Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister of New Zealand)

A Poem for Papatūānuku

April 29th, 2020|

A poem for Papatūānuku – Mother Earth by Ngāti Hine/Ngāpuhi writer Nadine Anne Hura, and
recently shared by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Rest now, e Papatūānuku ( Mother Earth )
Breathe easy and settle
Right here where you are
We’ll not move upon you
For awhile

We’ll stop, we’ll cease
We’ll slow down and stay home

Draw each other close and be kind
Kinder than we’ve ever been.
I wish we could say
we were doing it for you
as much as ourselves

But hei aha

We’re doing it anyway

It’s right. It’s time.
Time to return
Time to remember
Time to listen and forgive
Time to withhold judgment
Time to cry
Time to think

About others

Remove our shoes
Press hands to soil
Sift grains between fingers

Gentle palms

Time to plant
Time to wait
Time to notice
To whom we belong

For now it’s just you
And the wind
And the forests and the oceans
and the sky full of rain

Finally, it’s raining!

Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe *

Embrace it

This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you

He iti noaiho – a small offering which is a treasure
People always said it wasn’t possible
To ground flights and stay home
and stop our habits of consumption

But it was
It always was.

We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt
– and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt
But not as much as you have been hurt.

So be still now

Wrap your hills around our absence
Loosen the concrete belt
cinched tight at your waist

– Rest.
– Breathe.
– Recover.
– Heal

And we will do the same.

Neighbourhood Fairy Code

April 17th, 2020|

City Statues during Covid 19

April 17th, 2020|

Resurrection by Mae Runions

April 17th, 2020|

Visual Reflections of Holy Week by Mae Runions, member of St. Andrew’s Wesley

April 9th, 2020|

Can you name the blossoms

March 26th, 2020|

Photos taken by Kathleen Murphy

A breath of fresh air…

March 26th, 2020|

Photo taken by Rev. Dan Chambers

Sitting by the water

March 19th, 2020|

Sitting by the water

Photo taken by Rev. Don Robertson

POEM: Covid-19 Reveals the Web Unseen

March 19th, 2020|

By Christi Ortiz

A wise woman recently said,
“If we doubted how interconnected we all are before,
we certainly see it now”

When an unseen virus begins to spread across the globe,
it reveals all the hidden ways we are inherently connected,
there is no impact that doesn’t ripple its effect across the greater whole

And although this can tempt us to fall into panic
as we are reminded of our fragile humanity,
it is also an opportunity to learn the lessons it has to teach us

We are not as separate as we think
We are more connected to all of life than we realize
One person’s actions have a ripple effect beyond what we can comprehend

It may be easier to see the cause and effect
of a virus that leads to illness,
but how much more does goodness lead to wellness

What are all the unseen ways that one person’s kindness
has a contagious effect that cascades from one person to another
reaping benefits that cause joy, peace and love to spread

History reveals the countless ways the one person’s enlightenment
creates a vibration that reverberates endlessly
transforming those it touches

We see how courage is contagious
and another’s virtue evokes our own innate capacity
to actualize our potential and become our truer, wholer, holier selves

Yes we can feel the symptoms of illness setting upon us,
but we also know well the powerful effect of another’s kindness and compassion
as we are brought to tears or so touched that our body tingles

We may be susceptible to sickness
but we also can’t resist the effect
that goodness, truth, and beauty have upon us

How might our awareness change if we studied and reported and saturated ourselves with all the stories of empathy run wild, wisdom taking hold,
and the unstoppable power of love sweeping across the globe

Even if we tried, we could never snuff out our goodness
it will always return and revive and begin to thrive
Illness may gain hold for a while, but love will always survive

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