New article – Wairua (spirit) and cultural values in evaluation

In the inaugural issue of Evaluation Matters – He Take To Te Aromatawai 2015 is an article by Vivienne Kennedy, Fiona Cram, Kirimatao Paipa, Kataraina Pipi and Maria Baker that explores this issue.  There is an interesting exploration of the difference between spirituality and religion which is reinforced by comparisons between western influenced theism – belief in God, the Creator, a higher power – and indigenous spirituality un-linked to religious dogma, but describe din experiential terms.

An important article and very relevant to the aspirations of spirituality and well-being

The article text is freely available at the link below

Click to access EM2015_1_083.pdf

Talking God in the Public Square

The precise concern of the essay is in a particular aspect of political discourse. The wider

question to which it contributes is, “What kind of religiously-inspired political speech, if

any, is legitimate in a modern liberal democracy?” The narrower question it addresses

head-on is, “Can it ever be legitimate to offer explicitly religious reasons in presenting public

justifications for laws or public policies?”

Wayne Dyer coming to NZ

Kia ora koutou,

Stefani Hockenhull is helping to bringing Wayne Dyer to NZ. See Stefani’s blurb below.



NB. this does not reflect any interests of the Spirituality & Well-being group.

Quick Blurb:

What is your one true purpose for being here? Beyond the desires of ego? Beyond the expectations of others? Internationally renowned author and speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer, shares his wisdom and guidance as we contemplate life’s biggest questions. You can free yourself, now and forever, from the chains of ego-dominated, self-sabotaging thinking. Change your perception of your being, and come to feel, know, and rely on your divinely-connected self.

His first visit to New Zealand in over 30 years, Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

Ticketing Link:

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide

The next global Gathering for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide will be hosted by Te Rau Matatini. This will take place 16 – 19 November 2015 at The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, with the Pōwhiri (official welcome) taking place at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia, at 10:00 am on 15 November.

The purpose of The Seventh Gathering of Healing our Spirit Worldwide 2015 is for Indigenous peoples across the world to come together to share their strength, hope, and wisdom as they face community health, governance, and substance abuse issues. It provides a forum to discuss solutions and to connect and learn from other peoples to heal the spirit, heal the earth, and sustain cultural practices for the next generation.