Public Lecture Featuring Professor Piet Meiring
Can Swords Really be Changed into Plowshares?
Lessons learnt from the South African Truth and Reconciliation process
Friday 13 July 2012 | 10.30 am (Auckland)
We are delighted to announce that Professor Piet Meiring, who served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission along with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is coming to Auckland’s Laidlaw campus on Friday 13 July at 10.30 am to present a free public lecture where he will share lessons learnt from the South African Truth and Reconciliation process.
Throughout his life Professor Meiring has been involved in the church’s struggle against apartheid – often challenging his own denomination in this regard. As chairperson of the General Commission on Service and Witness in the Dutch Reformed Church he heads a national programme co-ordinating the church’s projects in the fields of reconciliation, poverty alleviation and moral reconstruction. While on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC, 1996-1998) he was primarily involved in reparation and rehabilitation issues, as well as co-ordination of the TRC Faith Community Hearings.
Date, Time and Place
Date: Friday 13 July 2012
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Place: Laidlaw College Auckland Campus, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Cost: Admission is FREE.
RSVP: by Friday 6 July to Christina Partridge on events/laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 837 9769.
About Professor Meiring
Professor Piet Meiring’s academic career includes the chair in Missiology and Church History, University of the North (Turfloop), a part time lectureship at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and (since 1988) the chair in Science of Religion and Science of Mission at the Theological Faculty, University of Pretoria. In 1999 he was appointed Director of the Centre for Theology and Community at the University of Pretoria. He retired in 2010, but is still engaged in numerous research projects at the university.
Professor Meiring is the author of 22 books, editor of 8 books, co-author/contributor of another 57 books, and publishes widely in academic and popular magazines in South Africa as well as abroad. He is currently leading a project on reconciliation and healing in South Africa, the USA and Canada.