Nikki was going to speak to us today specifically on the wider community reaction to the Chinese community as a result of Covid-19. Events have overtaken that and this talk now covers broader issues around Covid-19.
Therefore, because death stirs people
To seek answers to important spiritual questions,
It becomes the greatest servant of humanity
Rather than its most feared enemy.
Lord Krishna to Arjuna, in Bhagavad Gita
While we all “know” that death is inevitable, it usually a topic that we would prefer not to think about. When I posted on Neighbourly that I was seeking a co-facilitator to host Death Cafes with, people responded that discussing death seemed morbid and somehow sick.
Craig became a journalist following his experiences being cast out as a gay teenager. Craig discusses the role journalists play in bringing justice to social issues, despite the bad rap they sometimes receive.
Growing up in rural England to non-religious parents, Dawn wanted her questions about God & life answered. She embarked on a journey of Faith that has seen her travel deeply into Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism and others. Having lived her life as a Muslim for over 20 years, she shares why she has walked away from organised religion and has put her trust in the Universe & Faith of a different kind. Dawn has detailed her journey through life, as child, woman, mother, community activist & fundraiser, entrepreneur & accountability coach in her books Friday Bridge, Walaahi & her up and coming book Crossing the Line. Dawn is an instigator of change and has inspired many people through her appearances on TV, radio, public speaking, podcasts and her regular blogs.
The Latin American Choir of New Zealand (CLANZ) is an Auckland-based group whose members meet every week to share the joy of singing together in Spanish. Under the direction of professional musician Celina Reyes, the group welcomes anyone, regardless of their singing experience or their level of Spanish. Each rehearsal is a chance to improve one’s singing ability as well as maintain or enhance one’s proficiency with the language. CLANZ explores a wide range of traditional, folk and popular songs from Latin America and Spain, promoting an appreciation of Hispanic culture within its membership and amongst the greater community. The group rehearses every Monday during school terms at the Leys Institute in Ponsonby from 5.45 to 7.15 p m.