The Ken Morrison Lectures

Before he died in 2010, Ken Morrison asked Lakehead Unitar­ian Fellowship to present a series of lectures in his name. The series would have a Mission: to provide a public forum for discussion of the big ideas and hard questions of our time. These include per­sonal responsibility, toleration and its limits, social inequality, democracy and the envi­ronmental crisis. Abiding by Ken’s wishes, the Fellowship has tried to hold such lectures yearly. The lectures have been self sustaining through the generous donations from LUF and the general community. Previous lectures have included:

  • Nov 2010 – Limits of Tolerance: Implications of the Deadening of Social Conscience and May 2011 – On Irrigating the Withered Social Con­science: A Referendum on our Humani­ty’s Viability both by the Rev. Hugh Walker;
  • Mar 2012 – Aboriginal – Non-Aborigi­nal Relations in Thunder Bay with Lake­head University President Brian Stevenson, Chief Peter Collins, Mayor Keith Hobbs, and Aboriginal and Mé­tis officials, Tammy Bobyk and Wendy Landry;
  • May 2014 The Town With No Poverty:: Would a Guaranteed Annual Income Be Good For Canada? by Evelyn Forget.
  • May 2016 – Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe  by Rev. Gretta Vosper. 
  • May 2017–  Personal Responsibility in a Time of Public Chaos  by Imam Hikmatullah Sherzad.

About Ken Morrison

Ken’s early years as son of a United Church minister led to his community and political activism. He served in World War II and went on to obtain an MA in Politi­cal Science from the University of Toronto. After a stint as Union Steward in industry, he became a High School teacher, then Director of Admissions and Extension at Lake­head University and finally a Real­tor. In 1948, Ken married Jean Case. They had three daughters and eventually four grandchildren. His family joined the fledgling Unitarian Fellowship in 1966. There he found joy and fulfill­ment in developing the theological base that grounded him. He served the Fellowship as Lay Chap­lain, Presi­dent, Sunday Services chair, and Hospital Visitor. Ken remained a political and social activist throughout his life and volunteered for many community or­ganizations especially the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Meals-on-Wheels and the Thunder Bay Histori­cal Museum Society. Ken touched the lives of peo­ple of all political and religious persua­sions. Although he spoke firmly and frequently on the “big is­sues”, his actions showed his commit­ment to helping others less fortunate.

Contribute to the Lectures

The Ken Morrison Lectures is an outreach activity of the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship. Your kind contribution allows us to continue to present exceptional programs on the Big Ideas and Hard Questions of Our Time. (Tax receipts of $20 or more given). Please contact the office at 344-5980 or lufship@tbaytel.net for more information.

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