Margaret, Philip, Elliot, and Sarah attended the New Zealand Baptist National Hui last week in Taranaki. This Sunday we shall be sharing some of what we learned and experienced there. One of the highlights was spending the day at Parihaka, which is a small community located between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea. In the 1870s – 1880s it was the largest Maori village in New Zealand, and was very prosperous. They became the center of a major non-violent resistance to colonization and European land grabbing. They were captivated by Jesus and were seeking to live out his shalom. As a movement we are committed to a bi-cultural journey, and in Papanui Baptist we are as well. Questions we need to be asking are, What is the story of the land we are on? How can we further understand Maori as tangata whenua? What role might the church play in the reconciliation of tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti? New Zealand’s bi-cultural partnership is the foundation for a flourishing, multi-cultural New Zealand. In Grain of Rice we’re going to be focusing on this partnership and the journey we’re on.