I was around at the time of the Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
It reached New Zealand from California in the early 1970s. In New Zealand, the Jesus People were strong in Christchurch, with people like Marcus Arden, Jim Doake and Graeme Carlisle involved. Marcus became a Christian out of the Hippie Movement, as did many others. He ran a shop he called “The Love Shop” where people could come and get second hand stuff for free. This was a radical idea there, and long before Opportunity Shops became a lucrative business for churches to raise cash for their pet causes.
I was influenced by the Hippie Movement but not really part of it. I’ve associated with Hippies over the years, and there are still Hippies about in North Coast New South Wales, Australia now.
The Jesus Movement died out by 1980 in New Zealand.
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