This seminar will present the preview of a paper to be given at the Williams Family Bicentenary Commemorations, which are taking place in mid-April, 2023. Henry and Marianne Williams were influential early Church Missionary Society missionaries in Aotearoa New Zealand. Three years after they arrived in 1823, Henry’s brother, William arrived with his wife Jane to bolster an influential phase of mission in which, by 1840, the New Testament was translated and many Māori had embraced regular Christian worship and baptism. Henry left a legacy as a peacemaker-evangelist while his brother became a leading linguist, translator and founder of the authoritative Māori language dictionary. Based on current research for a new biography of Henry Williams, this paper will shed additional light on the Non-Conformist roots of the Williams family and offer some reflections on their legacies in shaping Christianity, culture and nation in New Zealand, including the complex intermingling with British colonialism and te Tiriti o Waitangi.
If you would like to attend, the seminar will be held in person on campus in Lecture Room 2 or you can join via zoom here: https://laidlaw.zoom.us/j/86281225074?from=addon Meeting ID: 862 8122 5074
|When||12:30pm - 1:30pm|
|Cost||FREE & open to the public|