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Midwives of change - Progressives shaping faith communities

Midwives of change - Progressives shaping faith communities



Rev Dr Margaret Mayman and Rev Glynn Cardy will present their keynotes to the Australian Common Dreams conference Birthing with Blood, Sweat and Tears: Progressive Public Theology and Praying When G-o-d is Not a Person: Non-Theistic Prayer.

These will be followed by two workshops:
• Hospital chaplaincy beyond religious control–a compelling pilgrimage• Rev Sande Ramage
• Midwives are ‘Hands On’– Progressive Communities and Engaging Politics• Rev Dr Margaret Mayman


Rev Glynn Cardy
For several years the vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland, a progressive down town church regularly in the news, in July he announced his resignation to become the minister at The Community of St Luke (Presbyterian) in Auckland.

Glynn is married to Stephanie, and is father to Michael, Andrew, Maria, and Anna. They have one dog, and two cats. He has lived and worked in a wide range of socio-economic and multi-racial communities. He has one legal conviction: for disturbing the peace.

Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
Margaret has been minister at St Andrew’s on The Terrace since 2002. She was ordained in 1982 after studying at Victoria and Otago Universities for a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies, and a BTheol in Biblical and Pastoral Studies. She gained STM and PhD degrees in Christian Ethics and from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

At St Andrew’s, Margaret has led the congregation through a change process in which they have consciously identified themselves as a progressive congregation with a mission to ‘seek the welfare of the city’. They have practiced a ministry of hospitality and welcome, and sought to participate in the public square of New Zealand’s capital city.

Through the St Andrew’s Trust for the Study of Religion and Society, the congregation has introduced theological ideas in ways that engage a secular city. With the congregation, Margaret has been involved in a number of social justice campaigns, most recently in support of Marriage Equality and the Living Wage.

Margaret’s interests include politics and economics, queer spirituality, human rights advocacy, refugee issues, peace issues, and sexual justice. She lives with her partner Clare, also a Presbyterian minister, and her son Andrew, a unique and wonderful person with autism.

Rev Sande Ramage
A New Zealand writer, hospital chaplain, Anglican priest, and companion to ‘Pippa’ the Black Labrador, currently training to be the new spirited K9, Sande blogs with Kali’s help at and also finds time to curate the Moments page for the Vaughan Park Retreat Centre.


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