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