‘Our life is love and peace and tenderness’: Bringing children into the centre of Quaker life and worship
We are facing a time of great change and Quakers are called to respond to the impending crisis. But we are unable to act with strength because our worshipping community is fractured along generational lines. This lecture looks to the Quaker tradition of spiritual activism to argue that we need children and young people to help us prepare for the difficult time ahead. Children carry the energy of new life and reveal the greatest gift of the Spirit: Love.
The James Backhouse Lecture 2014
will be delivered by Tracy Bourne (VRM)
at Yearly Meeting 2014
on Monday, 6 January, at 7.30pm
at the Multi Faith Centre, Griffith University, Nathan campus, Brisbane.
My farther John Lambert, Great Great grandson of James Backhouse, recently left me a copy (of only 2 i believe) of James Backhouse”s Narrative, The original is in the Mitchell Library in Sydney.
My father never spoke of this lecture,I have only come across a reference to it by chance.
Can you or one of the friends give me any background?
Dear Guy Lambert,
The Backhouse Lectures were begun by Australia Yearly Meeting of Quakers in 1964, as a regular part of the annual gathering of Australian Quakers. The aim of the Lectures is to “bring fresh insights into the Truth, and speak to the needs and aspirations of Australian Quakerism”. The series has covered such themes as peace, social justice, science and religion, Quaker service work, the arts, the place of children in Quakers, personal relationships, racism, Quaker international witness, and the environmental challenge.
Copies of the Lectures are on the website http://www.quakers.org.au
Convener of Backhouse Lecture Committee