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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Quaker Forums, this year and next

It's been good to have your support for the Quaker Forums in 2020. It has been a strange year: awful for some, difficult for many and different for all. We have been able to hold a good number of forums despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Although we had to cancel some forums and reschedule others, sometimes at short notice, those that took place were well attended with the usual interesting discussions and high energy levels. This encourages us to feel that the forums are useful as well as fun, and we're looking forward to putting on another series in 2021.

We have been beavering away putting together themes and speakers for next year. So far, topics we are aiming to cover include the role of social enterprises in building a more inclusive society, parking policy and the way it shapes the city for better or worse, predator control, and young people's health. We would very much like to cover the topic of loneliness. There's a growing need to address this, and lockdown brought the topic into sharp focus. We don't have a speaker for that one yet, though, so let us know if you have any ideas. Indeed, ideas and feedback on any aspect of the forums would be welcome. ( Email to: )

We will be starting again on 10 March. Details will be circulated on this email list, as well as on the Quaker website ( and the Facebook page for QuakeCityQuakers ( We look forward to welcoming you back!

As some Quakers say - 'Walk cheerfully!' And best wishes from us for festive holidays and a relaxing summer.

Katy Sinton and the Forum team

December 2020


About the Forums:

The Quaker Forum is run by Christchurch Quakers to provide people with an opportunity to discuss topical issues. A knowledgeable presenter introduces the topic, giving a short outline of issues and questions. The floor is then open for discussion, which is the heart of the evening. Finally, more informal discussion follows over tea and biscuits.

We aim to hold the forums in line with our Quaker principles. We hold a brief silence before the presenter starts to speak. We aim to ensure that all those who wish to speak have the opportunity to do so, and that each person's contribution is listened to respectfully. Everyone is welcome!

The Forum takes place on the second Wednesday of the month from March or April to November, at the Quaker Centre (217 Ferry Rd, Christchurch) unless otherwise stated, starting at 7:30pm and ending at 9:00pm.


Earlier Forum Topics:

  • October 2020, "Domestic and Family Violence in Christian Faith Communities - Why does this occur?", Annabel Taylor
  • September 2020, "When will we ever learn to learn? - moving beyond competition", Belinda de Zwart and Rod Cameron
  • August 2020, "No Way to Treat a Child", Lois Griffiths
  • July 2020, "The End of Life Choice Act and the Referendum", Lindy Harwood
  • March 2020, "Forestry and Climate Change", Euan Mason
  • November 2019, "Aspects of Terrorism", Neville Reilly
  • October 2019, "Is Religion Necessary?", Arthur Wells
  • September 2019, "Local Democracy - what should we be thinking about when we vote?", Garry Moore
  • August 2019, "Mental Health: issues, problems and progress", Peter Miller
  • July 2019, "Free Speech", Caroline Mason
  • June 2019, "Cannabis Referendum 2020: the devil is in the details, but will we vote on the details?", Doug Sellman
  • May 2019, "From the ground up: future Christchurch communities", Susan Krumdiek
  • April 2019, "Being a Muslim", Two Christchurch Muslims
  • November 2018, "Is justice just?", John Burrows
  • October 2018, "Care for Kiwis deported from Australia", Helen Murphy
  • September 2018, "Drinking water quality - safe or too safe?", Rob Dewhirst
  • August 2018, "We are water, water is us", Mananui Ramsden
  • July 2018, Community and the law", Paul O'Neill
  • June 2018, "Our garden city", Diana Madgin
  • May 2018, "The power of community", Margaret Jeffries
  • April 2018, "The purpose of a city", Neville Reilly


Event Details

Event Type: 
Seminars, Workshops & Courses
Quaker Centre
217 Ferry Road
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

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