The name stems from the tradition that it was at Ephesus that John took the Jewish understanding of the life and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, and transposed it into the Greek understanding of the world and ultimate reality. The result was John's Gospel.
Ephesus in Wellington suggests that in the secular culture which has evolved over the past 200 or so years, a transposition of similar proportions is necessary if the truths at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition are to be known and experienced today.
Ephesus has the following emphases:
Ephesus is therefore concerned to:
Ephesus sees itself as rooted in the life of the Churches - a shoot from the stump.
Most participants belong to a local congregation: for them, Ephesus complements parish worship and church activities.
Others have no church connection.
Both groups are comfortable to explore together.
Ephesus is ecumenical, looking beyond denominations and denominationalism.
Ephesus links informally with similar groups in other parts of the country, especially the Sea of Faith Network in New Zealand and St. Andrews trust for the study of Religion and society.
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