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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

Two boys (aged 10 and 13 ) sew clothing at the Sajaad Tailor shop in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Kiwi buyer’s guide to ethical shopping

3 Aug | 2015

Where do we start when we don’t want our shopping to fund injustice, abuse or environmental damage?

the longest place name in the world sign

My language is my awakening

27 Jul | 2015

Australian linguist Nathan John Albury has researched Kiwi attitudes to te reo Māori and found that we have ‘embraced and preserved the Māori culture and language far better than European Australians’.

outline of church buildings

Change in attendance offers new opportunities

15 Jul | 2015

Church attendance patterns are changing, with more people attending less often. So, how are we to respond?

Stranger Danger - Part 1

14 Jul | 2015

In a society that seems increasingly fearful, how does the concept of showing hospitality to strangers sit with the Christian church? asks Coralie Bridle.

a map of New Zealand as a flag

Forgotten New Zealand

10 Jul | 2015

A new report looks at how provincial New Zealand is being left behind while our wealth is focused on the cities.

an old lady and young child dressed in superhero outfits

Giving is a heroic act

9 Jul | 2015

Last year, Salvationists raised one million dollars during the Self Denial Appeal. This was the first time that The Salvation Army, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory has achieved this milestone.

a caricature of William Booth published by the British magazine Vanity Fair in November 1882

On a mission from God

1 Jul | 2015

This is Salvation Army founder General William Booth as you’ve perhaps never seen him before.

a salt mine in Romania

Salt & Light in the community

16 Jun | 2015

What difference is the Christian Church making in its communities and the wider world? asks Pam Waugh.

a boy with a wand

Say the magic word

16 Jun | 2015

I love people-watching when I’m out and about. Watching the people around me, seeing how they interact and how different or similar they are to me, subconsciously guessing at what they’re like