Welcome to the Cenacle Region of Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia.
We companion people on their faith journey in the midst of life. Living justice and Gospel values,
we draw from our experience of God, creating a place where people can encounter God.
At 6pm on 10th September, thousands of New Zealanders all across the country, observed a minute of silence.
60 seconds. One second for every million people across the globe right now who were forced to flee their homes by armed conflict, terror, persecution, war and violence.
Our Cenacle community in Waikanae stood in solidarity with those millions of women, men and children. We honor the innocent lives lost, both in war and conflict and in the desparate and dangerous journey to find a safe new home for themselves and their loved ones. We took a stand – as so many people have come together around the world to say –
Refugees Welcome in NZ!
After our minute of shared silence, we listened to Anne’s poem, Refuge of Spices. Anne wrote this poem some years ago when she was in Hyde Park, London. She retrieved a ball which a little boy had thrown and was unable to reach. Anne and the mother of the child had a conversation. The family were refugees from Iraq.
Refuge of spices
The woman from Iraq tows
her children through the park.
Wind troubles her black
robes painting a ship
sailing on a green sea.
Her children run free as waves.
The woman sits by the lake
Oasis in a strange land
lacking the hospitality of raisins and sweet tea.
She throws bread to the two swans
that paddle her lostness to the other side.
Allows the solitude of swans
to carry her home where palms
and palaces welcome her
beneath the blue dome of sky.
Feels the desertion of exile
beneath her breast
beneath her fingernails
refuge of spices.
© Anne Powell