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


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The Study Trust theme for the second half of 2017 is:  What courage is required to defy the powers that be, challenge the status-quo, or to publicly change one's mind or thinking.



November 3 & 4 Spring Seminar on Courage to Act

Friday 3 November 7pm - Courage in speaking out

Cost: Friday night only $10 for 1 person $14 for 2.   Friday night AND Saturday: $30 waged, $20 unwaged, $15 Student

Excerpts form the Geering Heresy trial - The Last Western Heretic


6:30 Registrations open, Tea & Coffee available

7:00 Welcome & Introduction

7:20 Excerpt from The Last Western Heretic

7:40 Lloyd's reflections Being tried - A testing of courage

8:00 Discussion

8:15 Hal Taussig reflections Being accused - A testing of courage

8:35 Discussion

9:00 End


Lloyd-Geering.jpgProfessor Sir Lloyd Geering was born in Canterbury in 1918 and educated in Otago. He holds Honours degrees in Mathematics and Old Testament Language and Literature. Ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he served in Kurow, Dunedin and Wellington. He held Chairs of Old Testament Studies at theological colleges in Brisbane and Dunedin before being appointed as the foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. From this he retired in 1984. The University of Otago awarded him an Honorary D.D. in 1976 and he received a C.B.E. in the 1987 New Year Honours, PCNZM in 2001 and ONZ in 2007. His major publications include “God in the New World” (1968), “Resurrection - a Symbol of Hope” (1971), “Faith’s New Age” (1980), “In the World Today” (1988), “Tomorrow’s God” (1994), “The World to Come” (1999), ‘Christianity without God’ (2002), ‘Wrestling with God’ (2006), ‘Coming back to Earth’ (2009), ‘Such is Life!’ (2010), 'From the Big Bang to God' (2013), 'Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of a Modern Heretic’, (2014), ‘On Me Bike: Cycling round New Zealand 80 years ago (2015), ‘Portholes to the Past: Reflections on the early 20th century (2016).


Hal TaussigProfessor Hal Taussig is a post-modern theologian and pastor. He celebrates the vitality of pluralistic Catholic and Protestant communities in North America, and works energetically to expand their spiritual and intellectual reaches. His professorial career has featured experimental and humor-filled masters and Ph.D. level instruction in New Testament and early Christianity for 17 years at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and more than a decade in Roman Catholic colleges and universities as Professor of Bible.
Of his 14 books, the most recent are A New New Testament: A 21st Century Bible Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts; Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma; A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots; and In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity. While a professor, he co-pastored two long-term churches that rose from the ashes and displayed young congregation members full of social moxy, multi-cultural hilarity, and art-filled innovative worship. He is currently the co-chair of Westar Institute’s Christianity Seminar that is re-writing history of early Christianity, a member of Westar’s Board of Directors, Board Chair of the Tanho Center (on the study of extra-canonical texts), and on the steering committee of the national Society of Biblical Literature’s Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World. Ordained a United Methodist, he currently has an episcopal appointment as a consultant for churches in decline.


Saturday 9:30 am - 3:00pm - Courage to Act


9:00 Registrations open, Tea & Coffee available

9:15 Welcome & Introductions

9:30 Hal Taussig The New Testament, an exercise in academic courage

10:10 Introduction/Integration from last night to today

10:20 Morning Tea

10:50 Dr Elizabeth (Loo) Connor 

11:20 Discussion

11:40 Dr Rosalind McIntosh

12:10 Discussion

12;30 Lunch in the Hall

1:30 The Song Snatchers begin in the hall and Pied Piper us into the church

2:00 Guy Ryan and young social entrepreneurs

3:30 Finish

Epworth books will be in attendance with a book stall.


Elizabeth Connor

Elizabeth (Loo) Connor - Bio

When Elizabeth (Loo) Connor was fourteen she had a dream of starting a renaissance that would reunite science, spirituality and the arts and spread across the world reconciling conflicts. Twenty years later, her plan is roughly the same.

Elizabeth is a science communicator by profession. She runs The KinShip, a small Wellington-based consultancy, which uses storytelling and other creative tools to help scientists, council staff and others to share their knowledge and collaborate across sectors and communities. Her projects have included Magnificent Science Variety Shows combining science with dance, theatre and music, training workshops for regional council staff, storytelling competitions for scientists, reports, podcasts and publications.

Having grown up in a family that meditates and draws inspiration from spiritual traditions around the world, she has always felt compelled to discover common ground between world views, religions and science. After many years of dreaming she has finally started an experiment along these lines. It's called notChurch - a Sunday gathering in her garage with the aim of discovering new forms and language for spirituality in our time.

Elizabeth has a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College in London and an Honours degree in Physics and Maths from Victoria University of Wellington. Her mentor was the late great kiwi scientist, Sir Paul Callaghan, who has been a great inspiration and kicked off her career.



Rosalind McIntoshRev Rosalind Jiko McIntosh - Bio:

PhD (Univ. of Cambridge, UK)
Zen Peacemakers Aotearoa

Rosalind Jiko has recently returned to live in New Zealand after 20 years in the US. There she was a monastic for 10 years before serving in social action as an ordained interfaith Zen Peacemaker. Previously she was a biological and medical researcher for 35 years after completing doctoral studies in Biological Physics at the University of Cambridge, England. She became a Professorial Medical Researcher at the University of Otago contributing internationally in areas of complex biological system modelling and neurophysiology. Currently she is Officer for Sustainability for the Wellington Branch of NZ UN Association and is active in child poverty, supporting the aged and in teaching meditation life skills.


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Guy Ryan - Bio:

CEO & Founder : Inspiring Stories
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/guy-ryan/

Guy is a entrepreneur, leader and speaker.
He was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and in the same year was invited to speak at the Social Enterprise World Forum alongside Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. He has served on boards and strategic groups advising government and business, and has spoken internationally and at home to more than 25,000 people.

From humble beginnings growing up in one of the most rural parts of New Zealand, Guy has built numerous ventures from scratch, both for-profit and charitable, and is particularly passionate about social enterprise as a means to help solve the complex and urgent challenges our world faces.

As the Founder and Chief Executive of Inspiring Stories, he’s built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships that have now supported more than 6,000 young New Zealanders to unleash their potential. These include major national events (Festival for the Future) to accelerator programmes (Live the Dream), and most recently the commercial ventures that have enabled Inspiring Stories to transition from a charity to a social enterprise with its recruitment agency (Millennials) and speaker bureau (Inspiring Speakers) ventures.

● Represented NZ on IVLP Scholarship with entrepreneurs & leaders from 20+ countries (2016)
● Young New Zealander of the Year Award (2015)
● Panelist at the 2015 Social Enterprise World Forum alongside Mohammad Yunus
● Finalist in the NZ Innovator Awards (2015), Most Inspiring Person
● NZ Govt invested $500k to scale Inspiring Stories’ programmes 2015–17

● The millennial mindset, attracting and developing talent
● Purpose-driven business, social entrepreneurship and enterprise
● Creativity, technology and education
● Leadership and culture

● BCom (Marketing)
● BCApSc (Design)
● MSciComm (Filmmaking)


scott reeveScottie Reeve - Bio:

Scottie leads Blueprint Church in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Anna. Prior to this they spent 9 years working with young people through Zeal, a nationwide creative arts trust.

Scottie is an ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church and a Social Entrepreneur, having launched two espresso bars in downtown Wellington which exist for the purpose of employing young people into their first jobs.

Scottie speaks regularly to faith-based and mainstream audiences around New Zealand. In his spare time, Anna and Scottie have enjoyed travelling widely to places such as India, Ethiopia, Palestine and Turkey

 Scottie’s book 21 Elephants

“Scottie Reeve is an intelligent, energetic, creative and extraordinarily gifted leader and social entrepreneur, exactly the kind of spiritually-alive person I want to be influenced and inspired by.” BRIAN D. MCLAREN, Author • Speaker • Activist

After coming to faith in the middle-class northern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand, a chance meeting found Scottie Reeve exposed to another side of living in the city he had known his whole life. Immersed in stories of addiction, violence and pain, Scottie found that his faith wasn’t big enough for the questions before him.

Questions like: What if Jesus didn’t call us to just a more comfortable, popular and successful life? What if the promises of upward mobility and accumulation actually stand at odds with the way he invited us to? What if we’ve just used Christ to just get what we wanted all along anyway?

Twenty-One Elephants is about what we all know to be true, but are too scared to admit. It’s about a whole-of-life spirituality that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations. It’s about the darkness of our world and the darkness within. It’s about the joy and the grief of embracing the reckless way of Jesus.

Click HERE to download a printable registration form.

Click HERE for a printable version of the flyer.

You can also email your registration to admin@satrs.org.nz with the following details:

Name, # attending Friday, # attending Saturday and if you have paid your registration into Kiwibank 38-9012-0627557-00 or if you wish to pay on the day (Cash, Chq, Credit/Debit card accepted) 


November 6 - 8 Sea of Faith Conference

Reformation 2.0 :Luther lit a fuse, what happens next?

It is 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. This provides a starting point for a consideration of how events unfolded since then, and more especially, how religion and spirituality are evolving in our time. What are the reforming initiatives today? What new spiritual/religious developments are needed in our time as we face a cultural situation and ethical issues that were simply not there in previous centuries?
What needs to be discarded, challenged, or radically renewed?
This year our topic is more related to the development of Christianity than our usual generic approach to religion, largely because western society’s history, development and ethics have evolved largely from that wellspring, as has our own, since the arrival of the pakeha. It is not to exclude other influences, but simply to acknowledge the Christian heritage as the mainstream of our cultural development.

Conference venue: Silverstream retreat


see sof.org.nz for the program and details


Other events on in Wellington that you may be interested in

October will be Reformation Month at St Andrew’s, Sunday October 1 to Sunday October 29 (Reformation Sunday).

October 22 How? Printing and the Reformation
October 29 What? Differences Reformation has made to the world and the church.
This may make you plan to be at church during October – or plan to stay away! I hope it will be the former! Susan Jones, Minister, St Andrew's on The Terrace