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Backhouse Lecture 2019: Jason MacLeod
In the 2019 James Backhouse Lecture, Animating Freedom: Accompanying Indigenous struggles for self-determination , Jason MacLeod shared what he has learnt about accompanying West Papuans – and to a lesser extent Aboriginal people, Bougainvillians and East Timorese – in their struggle for self-determination.
Jason's Lecture was a deeply personal reflection on what one person thinks it takes to animate freedom in the context of historical and continuing colonisation: one person’s sketch of dangerous territory, and a path through it.
You can view Jason's entire Lecture, as delivered at the recent Yearly Meeting of Australian Quakers, in Hobart here.
Are you alert to practices here and throughout the world which discriminate against people on the basis of who or what they are or because of their beliefs? Bear witness to the humanity of all people, includuing those who break society's conventions or it laws. Try to discern new growing points in social and economic life. Seek to understand the causes of unrest and fear, Are you working to bring about a just and compassionate society which allows everyone to develop their capacities and fosters the desire to serve.
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