Anzac Day 2014

The Anzac Day service as College hit the right spot for me today – simple, well-meant and not overly buying into civil religion. It made me think about the collection of resources about Anzac Day that I’ve used over the years when teaching spirituality, contextual theology and public theology. So, I thought I’d list some of those in case they’re of interest to others.

Book sections and articles

Bluck, John. Long, White & Cloudy : In Search of a Kiwi Spirituality. Christchurch, N.Z.: Hazard Press, 1998. (“Not just poppies – the Anzac Spirit” (32-39))

Hunt, Graeme. “Anzac’s Ghost.” New Zealand Listener, 9 April 2005, 32-33.

Hunt, Graeme. “The Folly & the Glory.” New Zealand Listener, 14 May 2005, 19.

Harris, Brian. “Of Tall Poppies, Mateship & Pragmatism: Spirituality in the Australasian Context.” Stimulus 16, no. 3 (2008): 16-20.   

Morris, Paul. “Spirit Abroad: Reflections on New Zealand Spirituality and Identity.” In Spirit Abroad : A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse, edited by Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw, 217-30. Auckland, N.Z.: Godwit, 2004.

Moses, John A. “Was There an Anzac Theology?” Colloquium 35, no. 1 (2003): 3-13.

Stackhouse, Max L. “Civil Religion, Political Theology and Public Theology: What’s the Difference?”. Political Theology 5, no. 3 (2004): 275-93.

Taylor, Steve. “Scars on the Australasian Heart: Anzac Day as a Contextual Atonement Image.” New Zealand Journal of Baptist Research 6 (2001): 48-74.


Morris, Paul, Harry Ricketts, and Michael P. Grimshaw. Spirit in a Strange Land : A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse. Auckland, N.Z.: Godwit, 2002.

Morris, Paul, Harry Ricketts, and Mike Grimshaw. Spirit Abroad : A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse. Auckland, N.Z.: Godwit, 2004.

Web resources

Ministry for Culture and Heritage Anzac Day website –

Official Anzac Day website –

School curriculum resources - Anzac Day – Lest we forget / National events and the NZC / Curriculum resources / Kia ora – NZ Curriculum Online


Sons of Gallipoli | Chris Skinner SM (YouTube video here –

NZ Folk Song * Anzac Day

NZ Folk poems * An Old Gunner’s Poems (Various related songs and poems)

NZ FOLK SONG * Goodnight Ruby

NZ Folk Song * E Ihowa Atua


Maori Television’s Anzac coverage –

New Year’s Day 2014

After a couple of years keeping the blog just ticking over I plan to do more with it this year (which will be it’s 11th year on the go). Really grateful for all the people I’ve met over the years through the blog, particularly while working on the PhD.

I’ll probably spend the next month or so working out quite what to do with it, but hope to be back blogging regularly by the end of January.

End of Days

Last day at the University of Auckland School of Theology today – now on leave until January. Odd kind of day – pretty much no one in the building at all after 1pm when our departmental coordinator left, so when I left at 4pm I locked everything up and turned the lights out. A lot of water under the bridge since I started here six years ago and I’ll miss my colleagues.

Photos below (including Helen’s name on my door now for 2014).









Happy 10 year blogoversary

10 years ago when was a year into my PhD in Theology I started this blog as a way to help me organize links and other material that I came across in my research. 10 years on the blog is still going – albeit in less intense kind of way. I’ve moved through Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress – each of which had their own advantages. I’ve made some good friends and acquaintances along the way, and learnt a lot from other bloggers – many of whom I try to follow if they’re active. I’m often surprised to come across people at conferences who have seen something on it from time to time.

I’m not sure if this blog will be there in another 10 years time, but I hope so. Interesting to see the original blog roll – something that seems to have slipped off many blogs now.

Some changes in the look of the blog over time:

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  • 2011 –
  • 2013 –

New Year

A week or so ago I renewed the domain name for the tenth time. Originally I acquired the domain name and web hosting to experiment with a web site for keeping track of various interesting web links and to have my own email address (pre-gMail).

I started using phpWebsite, before starting a blog to keep track of my PhD research project and to connect with other bloggers. That started out in August 2003 using Blogger to FTP the blog onto this site. Later on I moved to MovableType before finally settling on WordPress.

Since finishing the PhD and starting a full-time academic role the frequency of blog posts declined (esp. with Facebook becoming more useful to connect to people) and last year I really didn’t blog much at all as work, health and family kept me very, very busy.

This year I’m planning on getting back into blogging. Facebook doesn’t really work for organising things I want to keep track of, and I enjoy other people’s blogs – even though it might be considered blasé in some circles.

With the old iPad I’ve inherited and a mobile connection, I’m thinking the commute on the train might be a good time to do that.

Anyway, the new year is well underway now so it’s time to get back into it. Hope your new year has started well. All the best for 2013.

The man in orange | SIMPLY SIMON

Simon Carey Holt’s reflections on the contemplative life meeting family was very helpful this week.

See The man in orange | SIMPLY SIMON

As I read it I was making connections between the point he raises from Wendy Wright’s ‘Seasons of a Family’s Life’ and the definitions of folk culture we talked about in The Bible and Popular Culture last week.