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NZ: Church to stick with controversial billboards

Posted on: May 1, 2014 10:13 AM
One of St Matthew-in-the-City's less controversial billboard advertisements, for its podcasts
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By Shabnam Dastbgheib in

The new vicar of an outspoken Auckland church says controversial billboards will continue with her appointment.

The Reverend Helen Jacobi will be inducted as the new vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City tonight in a service led by the Anglican bishops of Auckland.

St Matthew-in-the-City is perhaps best known for its controversial billboards.

It erected a billboard in support of a bill to legalise same-sex marriages. The billboard, outside the church, showed two model brides kissing atop a wedding cake, with the text: "We don't care who's on top."

Before that it put up a billboard at Christmas depicting Mary with a positive pregnancy test, and in 2009 a billboard before Christmas depicted Mary and Joseph in bed with the text: "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow."

In April last year the church responded to Hell Pizza's "For a limited time. A bit like Jesus" Easter bun billboard with one saying: "Hell no, we're not giving up pizza for Lent."

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