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Whether you are seeking a moment of calm in your busy life, looking for guidance on your spiritual journey, or simply curious about new ideas and perspectives, Sunday Sanctuary is the perfect show for you. 

Inspired by the idea of creating a sanctuary, a safe and peaceful place where people can retreat from the chaos and noise of the outside world. 

Sunday Sanctuary seeks to create that kind of sanctuary for its listeners, where they can take a moment to pause, reflect, and connect with their inner selves.

Join Petra Bagust every second Sunday morning and experience the power of this unique podcast.

Be part of the Sunday Sanctuary community on Instagram and Facebook at @sundaysanctuarynz.

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Whether you are seeking a moment of calm in your busy life, looking for guidance on your spiritual journey, or simply curious about new ideas and perspectives, Sunday Sanctuary is the perfect show for you. 

Inspired by the idea of creating a sanctuary, a safe and peaceful place where people can retreat from the chaos and noise of the outside world. 

Sunday Sanctuary seeks to create that kind of sanctuary for its listeners, where they can take a moment to pause, reflect, and connect with their inner selves.

Join Petra Bagust every second Sunday morning and experience the power of this unique podcast.

Be part of the Sunday Sanctuary community on Instagram and Facebook at @sundaysanctuarynz.

    12 May | Starting Over in a New Place

    12 May | Starting Over in a New Place

    There is a special sort of unsettled feeling reserved for moving to a new place, even if it's just across town. The destabilisation that so often comes with a new locale can linger for a while as we re-establish where home is for us. Although, sometimes the place we consider home stays the same while we move. Either way, this tricky feeling can be a tough one to navigate.

    Come on a journey with your host Petra Bagust, as she talks to producer Josh about his childhood, which was spent between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Thailand. Hear one man's story of his father's move from Taiwan to the USA in the '60s, and finally, our Community Life segment is released out into the wild, as producer Sam heads to Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland's Cornwall Park!

    Sacred Text


    Stay True (pages 11-12) by Hua Hsu

    Featured Music


    Hell Hole by Erny Belle
    Bounty by Tiny Ruins
    Nathan Haines' cover of International Flight by David Snell (played during Community Life)
    Summer's End by Julie Byrne (played during the benediction)
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    • 47 min
    28 April | Disappointment, What's It Good For?

    28 April | Disappointment, What's It Good For?

    When was the last time you faced disappointment? When you look back at that time, did it seem like the feeling sat with you for a long time? Disappointment is one of those feelings most of us would love to move along from as soon as possible. What if, however, there is a different way of looking at disappointment, and maybe even some good to be found within....

    Join Petra Bagust on this special episode as our Atlas of the Heart segment with Grace McArthur returns for the first time in 2024! Petra also heads to the Life FM studio in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland to talk with Sela Alo about his view on disappointment.

    Sacred Texts


    Atlas of the Heart (pages 43-52) by Brené Brown
    My So Called Lungs (18:53 - 21:13) by Radio Diaries

    Featured Music


    Let Down by Radiohead
    Money or the Bag by French for Rabbits
    Rivers That You Cannot See by North Americans (played during Benediction)
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    • 41 min
    14 April | Running Your Own Race

    14 April | Running Your Own Race

    We've all heard the saying that comparison is the thief of joy. But have you ever thought about how many different areas of our lives it applies to? We can spend so much of our time worrying that we aren't keeping up or meeting some unspoken expectations. So how do we learn to run our own race?

    In this episode, Petra Bagust talks to two wonderful guests (who are also good friends in real life), counsellor Charlotte Cummings and Baptist Pastor James Beck.

    Sacred Texts


    Baby Race from Bluey
    There's a Hole in the Sidewalk by Portia Nelson

    Featured Music


    Let Me Get There by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions ft. Kurt Vile
    Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
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    • 48 min
    31 March | Just... Why?

    31 March | Just... Why?

    Wouldn't it be nice to just have all the answers? We're sure you've had moments of wishing it was possible to skip all of the tension and uncertainty, replacing it with sure-footed confidence. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we live in. There is, however, much to gain and learn from embracing the mystery of life. You might even find some hope.

    In this episode, Petra Bagust is joined by development coach Nikki Bray and Rev. Spanky Moore, who share their insights and experiences with learning to embrace mystery.

    Sacred Texts


    From Here to There by Nikki Bray (buy a copy here)
    John 20:24-29 (Tree of Life version)
    The Welcoming Prayer by Thomas Keating

    Featured Music


    New Wanders by Motte (played during Nikki's reading)
    Mysterious Ways by U2
    If the Sun Is Shining by Zach Winters
    Le Moulin by Yann Tiersen (from the incredible film Amélie)

    The article from The May Magazine that Petra mentions at the beginning of the episode can be found here.
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    • 54 min
    17 March | The Light and Shade of Life

    17 March | The Light and Shade of Life

    Isn't it so true that as we journey through this thing called life that we are often experiencing both highs and lows at the very same time, usually colliding into each other? Like going home for a holiday but then falling sick while there, or celebrating a child's wedding but also grieving the season change, or as shared by one of you - throwing up while hiking and feeling awful but also enjoying the incredible view.

    In this episode, Petra Bagust speaks with Hana Seddon of The Salvation Army and author of Beholding, Strahan Coleman, about their experiences of navigating the duality of life's highs and lows.

    Sacred Texts


    Excerpt from My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew
    Clip from Are You Mental?'s Depression episode (2020), produced by Mick Andrews
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    • 44 min
    3 March | What Was I Made For?

    3 March | What Was I Made For?

    In this first episode of Sunday Sanctuary for the year, we ask the question - what on earth are we alive for? Is there such a thing as a 'calling'? If so, how do we find out what it is for ourselves?

    Join Petra Bagust and she explores this with two friends of the show, Te Karere Scarborough (co-principal of the newly-opened Te Wānanga Ihorangi) and Frank Ritchie (broadcaster and media chaplain), hearing their personal experiences and thoughts on the subject of purpose.

    And as per our Sunday Sanctuary rhythm, we kick off these conversations with 'sacred texts' - 


    Up by Pixar
    Let Your Life Speak by Patrick J. Palmer, pages 16-17
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    • 44 min

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