We are enormously excited to invite you to Passionfest 2014, 21st to 23rd of February.
Passionfest is a symposium of people passionate about social justice, compassion and community-work centred around Jesus. Passionfest is the sum of what we all bring to it – our stories, our poems, our art, our dream and schemes, and our willingness to get stuck in and share hospitality with one another. Our theme this year is ‘Radical Roots’. We’re going to get together and share the beautiful history of our faith, the authentic gospel story of Aotearoa, and our own stories of where we’ve come from as communities and individuals.
Passionfest is held at Ngatiawa River Monastery at 8 Terrace Road in the Reikorangi Valley just outside of Waikanae.
Cat’s journey into community life began at 18 in Central Wellington working with women on the streets. For the past few years she has been based in Dunedin with her husband and two children but has recently returned and is now based in Naenae. Cat is a passionate and outspoken advocate for mission, social justice and those on the margins.
James’ history with a radical expression began as a youth worker for Zeal in West Auckland. Here he encountered the struggles of homeless young people and set up a community home as a place of hospitality and belonging for those on the margins. More recently James got married to an Aussie girl named Jenna and shipped off as social workers to the Australian government’s refugee camp on Nauru. In this context they seek to be a voice of hope and compassion to people with no home.
Graeme and his wife Jo have spent most of their lives seeking to bring hope to those on the margins. They were some of the earliest community workers at StillWaters in Wellington and long-time members of Urban Vision until they moved to Merivale in Tauranga to run a community centre. Graeme has an amazing story of rediscovering his Maori heritage and is passionate about all New Zealanders growing a better understanding of the Maori worldview.
Other Special Guests:
Joel McKerrow: Australian spoken-word artist passionate about the role of the artist as prophet.
Mark Johnson: Chaplain at Victoria University and previously at the Salvage Yard in Minneapolis
Mark & Mary Hurst: Pastors with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and passionate about conflict resolution.
More to be announced very soon.
This year we’ve tried to make it easier than ever for everyone to come. However, last year’s festival sold out so if you’d like the guarantee of making it along don’t take your chances at the gate. Booking before is way cheaper and helps the Passionfest team to make sure there’s plenty of food and facilities for everyone. This year ticketing is provided through online outlet dash-tickets. By doing this electronically we can lower our carbon-footprint and keep the event cheap by lowering the number of people needed to administrate Passionfest. The link for this will be up shortly. If however, you would like to talk to a person rather than a machine, you can contact us at: email@example.com
$70 - Early bird (before Jan 17)
$80 - Individual
$105 - Family
$125 - Gate (keep in mind last year's event sold out)
Group of 10 individuals or more - 15% discount on your total cost
Passionfest is run by volunteers - and there's heaps you can do to make the festival happen. Watch this space for updated lists of help needed, or contact us to offer your skills.