Terry Waite, British humanitarian and former hostage for nearly five years, talks about prison reform and rehabilitation. For most of his life Terry Waite has worked in the area of international affairs and has worked in most of the world's conflict zones. As a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury's private staff he was successful in aiding the freedom of hostages in Lebanon, Iran and Libya. It was while in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. He is both an Anglican and a member of the Society of Friends. This lecture addresses the issue of penal reform, where Terry brings his personal experiences to this pressing issue, both for the UK and New Zealand
Truth goes far beyond statements or beliefs; we live it - it is incarnate in action, in relationships and in the nature of all that is. Elizabeth’s lecture explores the subject from a number of perspectives; the truth in the founding experience of Quakers; her understanding of ‘religion’ and ‘truth’; truth and science; truth in ecotheology, humility, ethics and religion; truth in concepts of imagery, myth and mystery.
Elizabeth Duke is a Quaker, a Kiwi and a lesbian. She grew up in an Anglican family in Birmingham, England, and studied and taught Classics. Elizabeth found Quakers soon after the birth of her first child, and from 1997 to mid-2004 was called to employment as Associate, then General, Secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation, the global Quaker networking body. In retirement in Dunedin, as well as holding Quaker responsibilities, she represents the local Green Party on the council of Araiteuru (urban) Marae and is trying to learn to paint and draw.
Quaker Lecture 2017 - TRANSCENDING NEOLIBERALISM (YouTube link)
Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand's best-known critical commentators on issues of globalisation and neoliberalism. She has taught at the University of Auckland since 1979, specialising in socio-legal studies, law and policy and international economic regulation. In her 2017 Quaker lecture Jane addresses the issue of Neolibralism both globally and in New Zealand, and offers thoughts and suggestions on how this country can “move from a state of denial, to progressive transformation”.
View a video recording a recording of the 2017 Lecture here. (YouTube link)
People the world over want to live in peace. At the same time the human species continues to wage war and to develop armaments that could annihilate life on earth. The unwelcome intrusion of other countries into the Pacific to test their nuclear weapons, and the distressing violence we are experiencing at a national and global levels has mobilized communities to create networks of action for peace.
Marion Hobbs has had two major careers in education and politics. She was a teacher for 25 years, the former principal of a secondary school in New Zealand, and an education advisor in the United Kingdom. During her 12 years as a politician she held several ministerial posts in the Labour Government of Helen Clark - Minister for the Environment, Minister for Disarmament and Arms and Associate Minister of Education among other cabinet posts.
Bryan Bruce and John Key grew up in poor circumstances at a time when the Welfare State gave them the chance of a better life. Yet now they hold very different views of the state's obligations towards the well-being and future of its younger citizens. In our once egalitarian society, the top 10% of the population now own 52% of the wealth while the botton 20% hold almost nothing.
View the full text of the 2015 Lecture here. (227KB .pdf)
David James, Jillian Wychel, Murray Short, Linda Wilson
In this lecture, four Pākehā people analyse their past and continuing roles as supporters of justice for indigenous peoples. They consider firstly how these roles have changed over time, and secondly how they might evolve as claims relating to the Treaty are settled.
View the full text of the 2014 Lecture here. (476KB .pdf)
As humanity starts to reach and exceed the limits to growth modelled by the Club of Rome in 1972, two possible futures stand in stark contrast: a failed growth economy, or a Steady State described here as an economy of Enough. A willingness to say "I have enough now; the rest is for others, or for Nature" could usher in a future that is dynamic, congenial, prosperous, and ecologically and socially rich. We would have less stuff but more time and richer relationships. However, the challenges are daunting. It requires fundamental change to our economic goals, our tax and monetary systems, the framework of capitalism and, hardest of all, to our values and our image of ourselves as human beings. This lecture discusses the challenges of an economy of Enough.
View the full text of the 2013 Lecture here. (431KB .pdf)
Tony Taylor at Yearly Meeting.
View the full text of the 2011 Lecture here. (1136KB .pdf)
View the full text of the 2010 Lecture here. (959KB .pdf)
View the full text of the 2009 Lecture here. (it is a large 3.03MB .pdf)
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