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

Events coming up are:


May 2016

Thursday 12 May 10am - Noon: Beauty in Islam


Dr. Christopher E. Longhurst

This SATRS lecture by Dr. Christopher Longhurst looks at Islam, and how Islam represents itself aesthetically through the arts, particularly in letters and sounds, and in architecture and other ways. The lecture introduces “the rich philosophical and theological framework that has given rise to the Islamic sense of beauty, a combination of the Arab–Islamic mind with classical and local traditions worldwide.”

Specific topics explore Islam’s most significant modules: The Masjid (mosque) and the Qur’an; and how these are considered beautiful to Muslims, and how they can be understood as beautiful to anyone outside the Islamic tradition. Other topics look at Islamic mysticism, the Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah, and the meaning of connections between Islam and Christianity regarding important personalities shared between the Christian and Islamic traditions.

The lecture is a précis of an upcoming lecture-series hosted by Victoria University and titled: “Beauty in Islam: Philosophical, theological and practical explorations.”

For further information see: http://cce.victoria.ac.nz/courses/428-beauty-in-islam-philosophical-theological-and-practical-explorations

Bio. Dr. Christopher Longhurst is an academic theologian with a research interest in Islamic art and architecture. He holds a doctorate in fundamental theology from the Angelicum University, Rome. He worked as professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and is a lecturer at the Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy.


June 2016

Becoming the C-Word: Reflections on Secularisation and Religious Change in Twentieth-Century New Zealand

Tuesday June 14, 12:15 - 1pm

Dr Geoff Troughton

AbstrGeoff Troughtonact:
New Zealand Christianity underwent a series of remarkable transformations during the twentieth century. Notably, and perhaps most visibly, support for the historic “mainline” shrunk and these churches waned in influence. The public reputation of Christianity also took a battering. This talk seeks to understand these changes to the social role of Christianity in New Zealand in the context of wider debates about secularisation. It focuses on certain patterns within early twentieth century discourse and piety that may help to explain at least some contemporary attitudes.

Short CV:
Geoff Troughton is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where he teaches courses in religion and politics, religion in New Zealand and the Pacific, Christianity, and secularisation. His current research focuses on missionary Christianity and peace activism in New Zealand, and contemporary religious change in connection with the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. Main publications include New Zealand Jesus (2011) and The Spirit of the Past (2011), edited with Hugh Morrison. Another volume edited with Stuart Lange, Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand, will be published by Victoria University Press in 2016. See: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacr/about/staff/geoff-troughton.