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Past Lectures

Here you can find recordings and the text of past lectures. You can read reviews of past lectures on the popular Quaker blog ‘Nayler – the living spirit’

2013: Journey into life: Inheriting the story of early Friends: Gerald Hewitson (third level header) 

In 2013, Gerald shared his understanding of our corporate inward journey to life and truth and explored how we can we find for ourselves the central experience at the heart of Quakerism and feel and work with its power and our own strength.  

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2012: Snakes & Ladders: A personal exploration of Quaker work on human rights at the United Nations: Rachel Brett

The 2012 Swarthmore Lecture was given by Rachel Brett a Quaker and a human rights lawyer who works at the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) in Geneva, where she is Representative for Human Rights and Refugees. Rachel’s lecture explores Quaker work on human rights at the United Nations: work which has brought real change for many – including conscientious objectors and women in prison – and was instrumental in outlawing the use of child soldiers.

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2011: Costing not less than everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times: Pam Lunn

The 2011 Swarthmore Lecture given by Pam Lunn addresses the unsustainability of the way we all live in the industrialised West. Realistic and well informed about the evolutionary basis of cooperation as well as the spiritual dimension, she puts forward and unsentimental argument for the possibility as well as the necessity of community. It was just one contribution towards the declaration of the Quaker commitment to becoming a low carbon sustainable community at Yearly Meeting Gathering in Canterbury.

Buy the book

You can purchase the book of Pam’s lecture from the Quaker Centre Bookshop. Just visit Price: £8.00 (print book); £3.50 (ebook)

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