It’s a question with no easy answers, but one that will be explored on 26 February in Brackaville Parish Hall in Coalisland at a conference for clergy titled: “Go and do thou Likewise” (Luke 10:3).
I’ve been asked to speak at the event on “The role of clergy in addressing the legacy.”
This is a theme that I continue to examine in my academic research. My thoughts will be informed by my analysis of some of Northern Ireland’s religious “special interest” groups over more than a decade, as well as by insights from the Irish School of Ecumenics’ “Visioning 21st Century Ecumenism” surveys of clergy on the island of Ireland.
The line up for the day is:
10.00 Welcome and Introduction
10.10 – 10.55 Professor Brandon Hamber – The legacy of ‘The Troubles?
11.15 – 12.00 Dr Gladys Ganiel – The role of clergy in addressing this legacy?
12.00 – 12.30 Groups
12.30- 1.00 Plenary & Questions
1.00 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 2.30 Professor Peter McBride – Clergy as ‘victims’ and ‘survivors’?
2.30 – 3.30 Clergy experiences – Ministering to people affected by violent conflict (including Revd Dr David Clements and Fr Stephen Kearney)
3.30- 4.30 Tea/Plenary & What’s next?
The conference has been organised by a group of clergy in Mid Ulster, in partnership with the Irish Churches Peace Project, and Good Relations in Dungannon & South Tyrone, Cookstown and Magherafelt District Councils.
To register your place at this conference, please contact:
Emily Brough, Good Relations Officer, Irish Churches Peace Project: email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 0044(0) 784 177 6868 by Monday 24th February