Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture and Peace Study Day

Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture and Peace Study Day

Dorothy Brown Memorial LectureThis year’s lecture titled “The Supreme Sacrifice? New Zealand chaplains and churches, and the construction of death in WWI” is being delivered by Reverend Dr Allan Davidson (ONZM).

Allan has presented at a number of NZ Christian Network events, and is always enjoyed and appreciated. He is a Presbyterian Minister, historian and has lectured in Church History at St John’s Theological College for 27 years. He is the author of many books, chapters and articles on religious history in New Zealand and the Pacific, including Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand.

The Study Day will focus on the remembrance of the war dead in three wars: the Musket wars 1807 – 1842, the New Zealand Wars and the First World War 1914 – 1918.  There will be an attempt to analyse objectively the reasons why these deaths took place. Emotional involvement may make this a difficult process because it introduces the search for reconciliation to the act of war remembrance. Reconciliation, if it is for the long term, may involve recognition that there have been failures in understanding and a lack of truth. This means facing up to our own failings as well as willingness to forgive others.


Click Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture for details of the lecture (free)

Click Study Day for details about the speakers and topics ($30 + booking fee)

We are thankful to our co-organisers (Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, Pax Christi, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, and Auckland Labour History Group), and to the Auckland Museum for supporting and hosting the events.