Laidlaw Research Seminar - Sam Carpenter
How has the Williams’ story shaped Christianity, culture and nation in Aotearoa New Zealand?

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

Where Henderson Campus
When 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost FREE & open to the public

About the Speaker

A graduate of Malua Theological College, University of Geneva/ Bossey Ecumenical Institute, and the University of Auckland. In addition to his theology degree, Terry also has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Adult Tertiary Teaching. Terry has taught at Malua Theological College in Samoa and is currently a lecturer with Laidlaw College.  

Terry loves teaching theology and having ‘talanoa’ (conversations) with his students. This dialogical approach to learning enriches the theological learning with an integration of theory and practice. Terry has a special interest in intercultural studies, lecturing in Gospel and culture and Majority world theology.

About Laidlaw Research Seminars

As a part of Laidlaw’s commitment to relevant, gospel-centred, innovative research, the School of Theology faculty gather each month for a research seminar. The seminars are built around a simple format—one academic presentation followed by critical interaction. Anyone is welcome to join us—this could include postgrad students, researchers from other institutions, or any others looking to hear and interact with cutting edge theological and biblical research.