SPEAKERS & CONTRIBUTORS
Abraham ‘Abe’ Nouk is a spoken-word poet, hip-hop fanatic, MC and an author whose craft developed from a realisation of the freedom of speech.
Sudanese-born Abe was illiterate when he and his family arrived in Australia in 2004, as UN High Commission designated refugees. He began reading and writing to improve his lyrical content for hip-hop music when it became apparent to him that ‘the best thing you can do for yourself is to feed your mind.’
We are so thankful for Abe's joining us in Melbourne, Australia, as we explore what it means to honour the image of God in our neighbour.
Rosie is a Wellingtonian with a deep love for the Middle East. She arrived in Cairo for the first time in 2010.
She lived in Cairo for five years doing community development work with the Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. She was involved in helping churches in western Ethiopia respond to the needs of refugees arriving from South Sudan, as well as supporting refugee ministries in Cairo.
Rosie recently graduated from an Anglican seminary in Pittsburgh. Rosie is re-adjusting to being back in New Zealand, and currently working with the Intercultural Communities Project, a partnership between Anglican Movement, Diocese of Wellington and NZCMS.
Matt Renata is a Hutt Valley local that has spent his time pouring himself out for the young people of Te Awakairangi. Matt whakapapas to Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi and Gujarat, India. He was the Co-Founder and Coordinator of Te Awakairangi Youth Development Network.
Matt and his wife Rachel are about to move to Auckland to study Indigenous Theology at Carey Baptist College.
Matt’s journey as tangata whenua, his deep faith and his mahi with young people, give him a unique perspective to share as we explore honouring the image of God in our neighbour.
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010.
Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013).
Long time friend of Passionfest, we are excited to have Joel joining us again in 2019.