Some readers of this blog may already be aware that two of the founders of the Four Corners Festival, Fr Martin Magill and Rev Steve Stockman, have begun a bi-weekly column in the Thursday edition of the Irish News. The column will highlight ideas and events that resonate with the outlook and spirituality of the Four Corners Festival. The Festival, which takes place in February, features events that encourage people to pursue reconciliation by crossing boundaries in their everyday lives.
Yesterday, Fr Martin Magill profiled the upcoming Féile an Phobail [Festival of the People in West Belfast], identifying events with ‘a cross-community theme.’ He writes:
We are some distance away from being a society at peace with itself. There is much yet to be done in the work of peace-making. All of us can play a part whenever the opportunities arise.
In this article I want to mention a few events that should give food for thought as we consider what we might do.
It may surprise readers that several events have been planned to promote cross-community relationships.
For the purposes of this article, I will focus on a few of these which I believe have something to contribute to the work of peace making.