Nau mai, haere mai
Welcome to Reflect Conference 2023!
This year we will be exploring the theme Imago Dei: Mirroring God’s image within healthcare and considering:
- What it means to be sanctified image-bearers
- How we see and treat the intrinsic image of God in those around us
- How we bring the image of God to bear in our sphere of influence
We are hosting two conferences:
Auckland - 20th May at Northcote Baptist Church (registration has closed)
Dunedin - 27th May at Dunedin City Baptist Church (registration has closed)
On this page:
- Guest Speakers
- Devotional Speakers
- Breakout Sessions
- Ticket pricing
- Register here!
- Pave the way
- Financial assistance
- Continuing Professional Development
Rev Dr Myk Habets
Myk is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Head of the School of Theology at Laidlaw College and has Senior Researcher status with AUT. Myk lectures in Systematic Theology and Ethics, is widely published in international journals and has published over twenty books. Myk’s teaching and research centre around constructive contemporary theology and moral theology (ethics). At Reflect Conference 2023, Myk will be unpacking the theology of Imago Dei, helping us to outwork these deep understandings of God in the context of our work in healthcare. Read more about Myk.
Kylee is a social entrepreneur who is committed to cultivating community and empowering others to live their best lives. Kylee lives with complex medical challenges and shares her story and unique perspectives on Christianity in relation to hope, health and healing. She focuses on what it means to be created in the image of God, and how this concept can be applied in navigating illness and disability. Read more about Kylee. (In person in Auckland, live stream in Dunedin).
Dr John Kleinsman
John is the Director of the Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics, an organisation offering research and advocacy on challenging ethical questions in the public square. John brings a varied background of community experience to his work in bioethics through his previous employment in the disability support and drug and alcohol rehabilitation sectors. His PhD is in moral theology and bioethics, looking at the ethics of assisted reproductive technologies and holds a Masters in Moral Theology from the University of Otago. Read more about John.
Professor John Wyatt
Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and Senior Researcher at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, a doctor, author, speaker and research scientist. John is engaged in addressing new ethical, philosophical and theological challenges caused by advances in medical science and technology. He will be interviewed by his journalist son Tim (see below) in an exclusive virtual session. He will also be answering your questions live online via a conference goer access only post conference zoom. Read more about John.
Tim is a freelance journalist, writing news, feature analysis and commentary on religion and social affairs. His work has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Economist and The Daily Telegraph. Tim also hosts two podcasts, both part of the Premier network and will be interviewing his father Prof John Wyatt in a virtual session produced exclusively for and premiered at Reflect 2023. Tim will also be co-hosting a conference goer access only post conference zoom where his Dad, Professor John Wyatt, will field your questions. Read more about Tim.
Plus breakout session speakers exploring practical application of our conference theme in a variety of healthcare contexts...
Rev Mele Prescott (Auckland only)
Mele has been an ordained Anglican Priest since 2016. After three years at St John’s Theological College, she graduated from the University of Otago with a Theology degree and the University of Auckland with a Human Services degree majoring in youth work. Since then, she has worked with youth and rural communities in Taranaki, including pioneering chaplaincy in rural high schools, and in Kirikiriroa as an Associate Priest at the Waikato Cathedral. At the end of 2022, she returned home to Tāmaki Makaurau to explore her desire in chaplaincy and is based at Middlemore Hospital.
Rev Dr Phillip Porter (Dunedin only)
After a decade of work in the corporate world, Phillip has spent the past twenty years involved in pastoral ministry, a short (18 month) mission stint in Vietnam, and studying theology at the University of Otago. He is presently on the pastoral leadership team at Dunedin City Baptist Church, where he preaches, teaches and leads the church’s Internship program. Phillip is married to Siobhan and they have 4 adult daughters and an 11 year old son.
Our devotional speakers will be sharing about what it means to be sanctified image-bearers, changed from glory to glory through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Make the most of our speakers with our interactive breakout sessions
Ticket prices include catering throughout the day.
CMFnz and paying NCFNZ members receive a 10% discount on non-member ticket prices.
Sign up for CMFnz membership here. If you're not sure whether you have a current CMFnz membership, email [email protected]
Sign up for NCFNZ membership here. If you're not sure whether you have a current NCFNZ membership, email [email protected]
Please note that by completing the registration process, you are accepting our Reflect Conference terms and conditions including the cancellations and refund policy. Please have a read of them here before registering.
Got questions? Check out our FAQ page. If your question is not answered, feel free to email [email protected]
If you are registering more than one person, we will contact you nearer the time for their details and dietary needs.
Register for a Reflect Conference
Auckland - 20th May (registrations closed) Dunedin - 27th May (registrations closed)
Northcote Baptist Church
67 Eban Avenue Hillcrest
Dunedin City Baptist Church
19 Main South Road Concord
Pave the way
Getting to conference can be financially difficult for some. If you are in the position to help somebody else attend conference, would you please consider making a donation?
A donation receipt will be issued at the end of the financial year.
There is a designated student fund for CMFnz student members that medical students can apply to for financial assistance. Student membership is free. Please complete this form and send to [email protected]
NCFNZ student members may enquire about financial support by emailing [email protected]
Waged or Retired
If you are waged or retired and money is a barrier to you attending, please let us know by completing this form and emailing it to [email protected]
In order for us to be able to provide hardship bursaries we require a certain threshold of donations toward conference to be made, hence we cannot guarantee we will be able to offer support. However, we pray that we would see the image of God reflected in the generosity of those able to give and support this conference!
Travelling from outside the region?
Some attendees may need to stay in Auckland/Dunedin for the night before and/or the night of the conference. Please note that registration does not include accommodation and you will need to arrange this yourself. We recommend that in the first instance you may be able to reach out to friends or colleagues. Otherwise, we recommend booking early to not miss out!
If you are a CMFnz member or paying NCFNZ member, you may register your interest in billeting or connecting with other members to explore shared accommodation options.
Please note that registration does not include accommodation. If you plan to stay overnight in Auckland or Dunedin, we recommend reaching out to friends or colleagues first. If that’s not an option, we suggest booking making arrangement early to avoid missing out.
If you’re a CMFnz member or paying NCFNZ member, you can register your interest in billeting or connecting with other members to explore shared accommodation options.
Keen to offer hospitality?
Do you live in Auckland or Dunedin and enjoy hosting visitors? Billeting for Reflect conference is becoming a happy and mutually beneficial tradition! This is a great opportunity to extend the blessing of Christian hospitality, get to know fellow members and build each other up. To register your availability to billet, or if you are able to offer assistance with transport please Register as a host.
Continuing Professional Development
Don’t forget that conference can count towards your CPD hours too!