Conference Update 12 October
The big news: Conference Ale has been bottled and it tastes great. Tom has also been working on a line of wheat beers (Hefe Weissen and Dunkel Weissen) and might be persuaded to pull a few of these out for you to sample as well.
Mixer: the plan on the first night is for everyone to bring something to eat and drink from their region. Also, if your chaplaincy team has some useful resources you think might be on interest to others we invite you to bring those along as well and set them out along with your goodies. This should make for an easy, relaxed, and fun way to catch up with each other, meet new people, and gain a “taste” for the different regions and for the “flavours” of the different Chaplaincies.
Conference Dinner: This is shaping up to be a great evening. We don’t want to give away all the details but we are going to have the meal at the University of Canterbury Staff Club.
Speakers: Our two keynote speakers are of the highest calibre and both have experience with university ministry. Bp Victoria sits on the board of Yale University and is a staunch supporter of Chaplaincy. Revd. Alistair McKenzie has a long history of involvement with student ministry and chaplaincy here in the Canterbury region. Both are inspiring speakers.
Labyrinth: In preparation for the Conference we have mowed a large labyrinth in the lawn under the big Redwood tree in Ilam gardens. This is just behind Bishop Julius Hall, where we will be staying. It’s a beautiful spot and we will have plenty of opportunity to “walk the lab” during the conference.
We are looking forward to a good conference with solid input but plenty of time to talk and learn informally. The food and the worship will also be memorable. If you have registered thank you and if not please do so. Please encourage your colleagues to attend.
The Canterbury Chaplaincy Conference Team