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Liz MellishMaking Peace through Love

Tuesday,6 November

12:15 am – 1 pm

Venue: St Andrew’s Church



Liz Mellish will tell two stories of making peace through love from Mäori folklore

Story one is the beautiful love story of
   Takarangi and Raumahora.

Story two is the marriage of
   Te Kakapi and Ihaka Ngahiwi of Ngäti Komuka


Click HERE to listen to the two stories.



Songs & Poetry in Celebration of Peace

peaceoneday logo 300x300Friday, 9 November

6pm – 9 pm

Venue: St Andrew’s Centre HALL

Cost including Dinner $10 waged, $5 unwaged



This will be SATRS last event for the year and is just 2 days short of the 100 Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the
First World War.

We will be celebrating peace and the ending of war with the help of Acoustic Routes (AKA the Wellington Folk Centre) who will be bringing some performers along.


We start with a light meal so bookings are essential for catering purposes to admin@satrs.org.nz


You can bring or prepare an item - a song, poem, prose reading, or story of reminiscence - either yours or someone else's or you can sit back and be a member of the audience.


No audio of this event is available




2018 Winter Seminar

Paradise Lost - Paradise Restored?



Our overall theme is loosely structured from The Greening of Christianity by the trust’s former theologian and lecturer Rev. Professor Sir Lloyd Geering. His thinking covered the territory of Naomi Klein’s later book This Changes Everything.

That book suggested that when we really take the challenges of climate change seriously it changes everything. Klein names capitalism as the foe but Sir Lloyd’s analysis was broader. The book made plain that the future of the earth is in our hands; social solidarity and altruism need to be at the heart of what we do; we must recognise our inter-dependence and respond to the ecological imperative for the benefit of future generations and democracies can only act to make the needed changes when they have broad public consensus.

Sir Lloyd’s 10 suggested resolutions. Summarised they suggest a need to:

  • Adopt an attitude of wonder and reverence towards the world
  • Develop a philosophy of care for the world
  • Build a society-wide altruism & community towards the globalised world

Please join us for a seminar reflecting on what we have lost in the de-greening of the earth and exploring ways in which we might grow our understanding of inclusion and diversity to create a new paradise which honours Ecumenical, Economic and Ecological values.

Our speakers are:

On Friday evening - to listen to the complete Audio recording - Click HERE

  • Introduction and welcome by SATRS chair Pam Fuller - Click HERE to listem
  • Rev Dr Susan Jones on Calling out imperialism? - Click HERE to listem
  • Andrew Butler will talk about his work with Sir Geoffrey Palmer on a constitution for New Zealand. - Click HERE to listen
  • Psychologist and Asst Professor Niki Harré  will present on her latest book “The Infinite Game” - Click HERE to listen

On Saturday morning - To listen to the complete audio recording - Click HERE

  • Welcome, Introductions and integration from Friday Evening – Rev Dr Susan Jones - to listen Click HERE

  • Professor Paul Morris on Worldviews of Goodwill. The importance of spiritual dimension in religion and
    beyond as a connector is a vital aspect of human communities.- to listen Click HERE
  • Professor Jonathon Boston on safeguarding the future and anticipatory governance - to listen Click HERE
  • Wellington’s Deputy Mayor Jill Day on Matariki and local government well-beings - to listen Click HERE
  • St Andrew's Richard Keller - to Listen Click HERE

After lunch on Saturday we have a panel of: (Unfortunately we were unable to record this session)

  • Rev. Dr Rosalind Jiko McIntosh — Zen Peacemakers and UNA Wellington will speak about the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Doctoral candidate and co-founder of Mindfulness for Change Nick Laurence will talk about ethics and mindfulness.
  • Nadia Webster will talk on the future of the public sector.


“Urban Guerilla – Spirit Filled Radical”

Presentations in honour of the Very Rev’d John Murray


The Very Rev John Murray. B November 5 1929 D February 17 2017 

The Very Rev John Murray. B: November 5 1929, D February 17 2017.



He was an activist, a leader of the Presbyterian Church whose thinking was decades ahead of his time, fighting for the right of same-sex couples to marry, against All Black tours to a South Africa separated by apartheid, campaigning for peace, and, in later years, for the right for people suffering a terminal illness to die with dignity. 

Friday March 23rd 6:30 - 9:15pm        Download the complete program HERE

(Tea and Coffee from 6pm)                   View the Video on Vimeo HERE

@ St Andrew's on The Terrace

Speakers include: Ken Irwin “The Man and his Times”, Pam Ormsby “Anti – Apartheid,” Edwina Hughes from Peace Movement Aotearoa, “Peace for all Seasons” and the Hon Hugh Templeton “Church and Schooldays.”