TALK TO ME
TALK TO ME CONFERENCE MOVEMENT has been initiated by our Church and Community Centre and is a very important initiative around the agenda of Intercultural competence.
The first Talk to Me Conference was held at the St Heliers Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd, Auckland, last year in July over a weekend. We invited young adults from anywhere in NZ and some came from overseas to participate in discussion, strategic thinking, eating and learning together and we invited people from all languages, religions and cultures. The agenda was truly Talk to Me, that is let’s talk to one another and listen to one another.
That first conference gave us the inspiration to keep on. We are in partnership with the Paeroa Care House led by Melanie and John Budge and the Splice Ministry, led by Rev John McDonald, which is an inner city ministry focusing on all cultures and languages. The person who brings the ability and knowledge to lead this intercultural competence training and experience is Dr Anna Storck from Poland. She is actually now a resident in NZ and part of our community. Rev Stan Stewart is the background initiator of pulling together the resources to enable the conferences.
The second conference just completed was in Paeroa and we had a wonderful time on the local Ngatoitoi Marae but also experienced the community living at the Paeroa Care House and enjoyed inspiring workshops led by Mike O’Donnell, Anna Storck and principal of Hauraki College. The young adults also led workshops on communication, cooking, even belly dancing was very popular.
The next Talk to Me conference will be at St Heliers Centre and we truly invite young adults from all over New Zealand. You come with your own cultural experience and language and your understanding of what you believe. You come with an open mind to respect and receive love and understanding of others.
I am an observer in this and sometimes a facilitator so it is not only young adults. Talk to Me is needed by everyone. This is a Movement, not an organization and it is very hopeful. I yearn for the local churches to move quickly in this direction.
Rev Pauline Stewart
For more information please visit: www.talktome.nz