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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Next Forum:    Wednesday 12 August at the Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Rd, at 7:30pm

"No Way To Treat a Child"  - - Presented by: Lois Griffiths

According to Defence of Children International Palestine (DCIP), approximately 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since 2000. DCIP and the American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker organisation), are running the campaign 'No Way to Treat a Child' , hoping that the Israeli regime will  drop its child detention policies. The situation is urgent, as Covid-19 has appeared in Israeli prisons.

Lois Griffiths, who has had  a life-long interest in international issues, will take us behind the statistics and share with us the hopes and dreams of Palestinian children.  After she has outlined the issues and shared some of the children's stories, the floor will be open for questions, comments and ideas. The Forum will end with the opportunity for informal discussion over tea and biscuits.


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:

  • 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 7630
New Zealand

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