Lectures, shows, religion, society,crossover

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the church of St. Andrew’s on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand from 12:15pm to about 1pm

Generally there’s is no charge for admission and we welcome your donations/dana/koha


Upcoming events for 2017

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, our Lectures will now be on a Thursday starting at the new time of 12:30 and running to 2pm

March to June - Human flourishing / July to November the Courage to Act

As part of a review of the Trust during 2016, it was decided that we focus our study activities based on the idea that the trust will “be a catalyst for transforming religion and society to be more compassionate and accepting”.

The plans for the coming year are focussed around 2 weekend conferences and a series of associated lunchtime meetings. In the first half of the year the theme is on Human Flourishing and from July on the Courage to Act. There will be a number of invited speakers and an opportunity for participants to develop and discuss the topics they introduce in greater detail. People who take part will be encouraged to identify and act to develop the elements of flourishing and courage in our lives and communities.


Human Flourishing: March to June 2017

GDP is high and some say we have a rock-star economy but does that translate into human well-being? For many of the things that are truly valuable to our humanity there is a paradox. Often the most valuable elements can be hard to justify with a purely economic viewpoint such as studying the humanities or investment in museums, arts and culture. In contrast those things like love and connection can are generally not subject to the transactional or the money economy no matter how plentiful the money is.

Thursday March 9 12.30- 2.00   Susan Jones Introduction to Human Flourishing

Thursday 6 April 12.30 – 2.00 - A group of younger people answering the question ‘what needs to happen to create a flourishing NZ?’

Friday evening and Saturday May 5/6 - Human flourishing Seminar

Thursday June 8 12.30- 14.00 - Seminar follow up.

The Courage to Act: July to November 2017

This theme was inspired by the 50 anniversary of Lloyd Geering’s Heresy Trial in 1967 and his courage and the consequences for him in speaking about faith in a new and different way.

We seem to be moving rapidly into a world that is darker and more threatening than any time since the Second World War and believe the time is ripe for a new discussion about the meaning of the courage to act in 2017. (Incidentally October 31 is the 500 anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther posted 95 “theses” on Wittenberg church which precipitated the Protestant Reformation another time of courage and change.)

The lunchtime dates & topics are still to be confirmed but the spring seminar on Courage to Act is provisionally booked to be held on 3 & 4 November