New rev­erend has heart for com­mu­nity

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A new vicar at St Columba’s Church is look­ing for­ward to get­ting to know her lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Rev­erend Dr Susan Adams was for­mally wel­comed into the Grey Lynn church in a cer­e­mony last week.

The Pon­sonby res­i­dent has been work­ing at the Holy Trin­ity Methodist Church in Kings­land as the di­rec­tor of a min­istry train­ing pro­gramme.

Now she says she is ex­cited about get­ting back to her “home base” of Angli­can­ism in a part of the city she loves.

Rev Adams started her ca­reer as a pri­mary school teacher and moved on to the­ol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vices as well as prac­tis­ing as an Angli­can priest.

She says her new role will “pull to­gether the threads of her back­ground” to help main­tain St Columba’s com­mu­nity profile as a pro­gres­sive church in Grey Lynn.

“It’s quite an ex­cit­ing prospect for me,” she says.

“I want to do some lis­ten­ing, not only to the church com­mu­nity but to the Grey Lynn com­mu­nity.”

Rev Adams says what re­ally at­tracted her to St Columba is the church’s con­tem­po­rary take on spir­i­tu­al­ity.

“I want to look at what spir­i­tu­al­ity means for to­day.”

St Columba’s com­mu­nity ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Me­gan Craw­ford says Rev Adams will be a great fit for the church whose motto is “re­con­nect­ing the spirit with­out dis­con­nect­ing the mind”.

“We re­ally want to cel­e­brate di­ver­sity and en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­al­ity. We are wel­com­ing of ev­ery­body,” she says.

Rev Adams will re­place Rev Tony Ross, who has been act­ing vicar since Jan­uary af­ter the de­par­ture of Rev Hugh Kemp­ster late last year.

Rev Ross says he has en­joyed his time and Rev Adams is the ideal re­place­ment.

Rev Adams was in­sti­tuted as the new vicar by the Right Rev­erend John Pater­son, who led the ser­vice as­sisted by Archdea­con Glynn Cardie.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Mov­ing for­ward: Rev Susan Adams was wel­comed as the new vicar at St Columba’s Church last week.

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