4 Corners Festival — Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Tres Dias

tres diasThis week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is Tres Dias. Contact person Terry Doherty describes a lively community life from the organisation’s base at 443 Springfield Road in West Belfast.

For anyone keen to learn more or get involved, the group’s annual summer BBQ at Crawfordsburn Country Park is this Saturday, 26 July, at 11 am.

Tres Dias

Contact – Terry Doherty, terry.doherty1@ntlworld.com

Tres Dias is an ecumenical organisation, established in Ireland in 2001, which endeavours to bring Christians to a closer, more personal walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and encourage them to exercise Christian leadership in their church and community.

We run two, three day residential courses each year with the involvement of approx 30 Catholic and Protestant participants on each weekend.  These retreats take place in a cloistered environment which results in close relationships developing within a short period of time.

Following the weekends we hold monthly reunion groups (approx 24 per year) when we have times of sharing and praying together.  We have separate reunions for men and women but hold combined community gatherings four times a year. In the summer we have a Tres Dias picnic at Crawfordsburn Country Park where we share a barbecue at the beach. Each December we gather to have a Christmas lunch together.

The Community takes part in 5 weekly inter-denominational meetings in May each year.  These are organised by the churches in west Belfast and are led by a different denomination each week.  Tres Dias also takes its turn to lead on one of the evenings.  Some of the members also participate in various church services as part of the ‘In Joyful Hope’ programme organised by leaders of the main Christian denominations.

Various Tres Dias fund raising events like coffee mornings, social evenings and table quizzes are held at intervals throughout the year and are well attended. All these activities result in those involved developing relationships, establishing enduring friendships and gaining a deeper understanding of people of different Christian backgrounds.

Our growing numbers witnesses to the value of people from all Christian denominations spending time together, getting to know one another and growing together.  Tres Dias may take us out of our comfort zone but it promotes qualities such as reconciliation, harmony and respect within those who participate and hopefully this can only benefit the wider community of Ireland.

(image: Tres Dias house in Belfast)

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