The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is one of the Christian peace churches, with a long-standing witness against war. The annual Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture was established in 2010 by Ludlow Quaker Meeting in memory of two Ludlow Friends, Alfred and Mary Olivier, who were much concerned with peace issues. It seeks to give a platform to significant voices, and to focus public attention on questions of conflict, war and peace-building.The first two lectures, in 2011 and 2012 respectively, were given by Professor Paul Rogers (Bradford University) and Professor Mary Elizabeth King (UN University of Peace, Rothermere Institute Oxford, etc.)Our third lecture, in 2013 was given by a distinguished retired member of the Armed Services, former Deputy Supreme Commander NATO in Europe, General Sir Rupert Smith, KCB, DSO & Bar, OBE, QGM; the speaker in 2014 was the Quaker broadcaster, journalist and historian David Boulton.
The 2015 Olivier Lecture was given on 9 December by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury. Celia McKeon, who has worked internationally as Director of Policy at Conciliation Resources, gave the lecture in 2016.
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