Knox minister comes home

The Rev Dr Kerry Enright outside Knox Church yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Rev Dr Kerry Enright outside Knox Church yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
More than 30 years after finishing his theology training in Dunedin, the Rev Dr Kerry Enright has returned to take up a position as minister at Knox Church.

The 60-year-old social justice advocate and former lawyer studied at Knox Theological Hall between 1980 and 1982, and has fond recollections of life in the city.

''I'm delighted to be returning to Dunedin. In a way, it is a homecoming of sorts. I'm coming back to my student stomping ground.

''The Theological Hall at Knox is where I came to the ministry. It is really where I had my first experience of leading worship.

''It's a beautiful, friendly city. I love the vibrancy the students bring to the community, and I'm going to enjoy barracking for the Highlanders and the Southern Steel.''

Dr Enright, who initially practised law, recently stepped down after seven years as national director of UnitingWorld, an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia which connects communities in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa to provide relief and development for those in poverty.

Before that, he served as the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand national assembly executive secretary, and has been the minister at St Paul's, in Wanganui, and St David's, in Ashburton.

His position at UnitingWorld involved working with students and young people - something he was looking forward to continuing in Dunedin.

''I am heartened by young people trying to do the right thing, full of hope for a world without injustice, gaining skills for bringing change, determined to reduce inequality and looking for purpose to sustain them.

''Knox will be looking to support them as much as we can.''

Dr Enright also recognised Dunedin had had its share of setbacks, noting the closing of many businesses around the city in recent months.

''There are people who are hurting, who've lost jobs or face uncertain futures.

''Knox, from its very beginning, has engaged the community, has reached out to people of all backgrounds, especially to people who are marginalised.

''This has also been a feature of my ministries, and Knox will continue to work with all people of goodwill for justice and hope.''

Dr Enright will be formally welcomed to Dunedin in a special worship service at Knox Church on May 1, at 7pm, and will lead Sunday services for the first time on May 4.

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