Peace and War Seminar

Peace and War Seminar

More than 40 people attended ‘PEACE and WAR’, this year’s Wellington Theological Consortium seminar, held at All Saints Church in Hataitai, Wellington, on Saturday 29 August. The theme reflected this year’s centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

PW Marshall (1)Professor Chris Marshall

There was an exciting range of papers presented:

  • Christian pacifism and peace-making (Professor Chris Marshall, VUW);
  • Is just war an option? (Canon Deborah Broome);
  • The changing nature and ethics of warfare (Professor Richard Jackson, Acting Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago);
  • Politics, injustice and terrorism (Dr Jim Veitch, previously at Massey & VUW); and
  • Lest we forget? The significance of Gallipoli today.

This last paper shared History teacher and Wellington College Deputy Principal Robert Anderson’s experiences taking groups of College boys to sites at Gallipoli and the Western Front, and brought home to the audience the stories of the men who went to war and the people they left behind.

All who came found the seminar extremely rewarding. People went home with plenty to think about, having had their ideas of warfare, justice, and peace challenged and extended.

PW Jackson (1)Professor Richard Jackson

The seminar was organised for the Consortium by the Diocese’s Wellington Institute of Theology (WIT). The Consortium is a partnership between Wellington-based institutions for theological education: Wellington Institute of Theology (Anglican), the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand, Wellington Pacific Bible College and Booth College of Mission (The Salvation Army), to advance the intellectual exploration of Christian faith and mission.

The consortium hopes to upload the papers from Saturday’s seminar to its website so that those who could not attend will be able to read them.