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Imaging Mercy Today March 2013

Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in mercy! On the flip side of a card announcing the brief Chapter Statement, issued by New Zealand’s Sisters of Mercy at their chapter in 2009, is a series of searching questions which may provide a framework for some of our Imaging Mercy Today reflections this year. ‘How are we to be in mission?’ is one of them, and listed as the first among some sketchy answers is ‘In prophetic response to emerging needs’.

Helping to unpack what this phrase might mean are three Mercy ministries which have developed over several years on adjoining sites in Ellerslie. Each of them bears witness, in quite different ways, to that challenge of responding creatively to emerging needs, stretching the tent-pegs of a going concern to draw others into a venture that offers life in Mercy’s name.

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